From the Aberdeen Police Department:
The Aberdeen Police Department K-9’s Sam and Arco will be receiving ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $335,000.
The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K-9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time. Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K-9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.
All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K-9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. a 501c (3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
In 2013, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. announces their 2015 color calendar now on sale for $15.00 online at www.vik9s.org. Proceeds from the sales will provide bullet and stab protective vests for police dogs actively working without the potentially lifesaving equipment.
ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.
Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. 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. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K-9 Officers.
Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. provided over 1100 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.
The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.
New K-9 graduates as well as K-9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.
For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.