Photo: Southaven Police Department photo
Four K9 dogs with the Southaven Police Department are getting new protective apparel, thanks to a charitable donation.
The department Thursday said the K9s, Atila, Nico, Bob, and Yarko are getting bullet and stab protective vests. The items are courtesy of a charitable donation from the nonprofit Vested Interest in K9s Inc. The animals should receive their new vests within the next eight to 10 weeks.
A news release posted to social media said the vests will be embroidered with the words, “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,845 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
There are approximately 30,000 law enforcement K9s in the United States. Tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit are accepted. A single vest can be sponsored for a donation of $960. Each vest is valued at between $1,744-$2,283, weighs up to five pounds and has a five-year warranty.
For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.