WAUKEGAN – K9 Boomer of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
The vest was sponsored by Yorkville Paws & Claws and embroidered with the sentiment, “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.”
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, 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 more than 3,300 protective vests in 50 states through private and corporate donations at a value of $5.7 million.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 to $2,283, a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4 to 5 pounds. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the U.S.
For information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation from Vested Interest in K9s,” Sheriff John Idleburg said in a news release. “Because of their generosity, Boomer joins our other canines in being protected against a violent attack. We value our four canines very much and want to do everything we can to ensure they are safe while serving the Lake County community.”