(WASHINGTON CO.) – Washington County Sheriff’s Department K9 Leny has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from a nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
K-9 Leny’s vest was sponsored by Brad and Hollye Mackler of Traverse City, MI, and embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by Brad and Hollye Mackler”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. established in 2009, 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.
This potentially life saving body armor for four legged K9 is U.S. made, custom fitted and NIJ certified.
Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9’s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 Million, made possible by private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old, actively employed and certified law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.
Each vest has a value of $1,744 – $2,2283 weighs an average of 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty.
For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.
Vested Interest 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.
Sheriff Brent Miller would like to say thank you to Dispatcher/Grant Writer Deni Stempowski for working together to secure a bullet and stab vest for Leny.