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K9 Maya to receive donated body armor

Within the next eight to 10 weeks, Swainsboro Police Department’s K9 Maya will be safer when she’s out on patrol with her partner. The department announced this past weekend that she will receive a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a nonprofit organization. K9 Maya’s vest is being sponsored by Karen Hasenstab of Northville, Michigan and will be embroidered with the sentiment ,“This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”

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 lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certified.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has provided more than 4,415 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20-months-old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an 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 to $2,283, weighs an average of 4 to 5 pounds, and comes with a five-year warranty.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org and accepts contributions via USPS at the following mailing address: P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

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