Release Date: 10/23/18
Contact: Sgt. Cory Hunt, email@example.com.
Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Edo has received donation of body armor!
Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Edo has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Justin and Kristan Goodenough of Allegan, MI and embroidered with the sentiment “Born to love - Trained to Serve - Loyal Always”.
Vested Interest in K9s, 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. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,100 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
Edo is a two year old German Shephard handled by Deputy Blair Kacos. Deputy Kacos said, “We are very thankful for the generous donation from the Goodenough family. To work in a community that is so supportive of law enforcement is truly amazing” The Goodenough family is a local family and saw a need where they could help. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has now assisted the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in purchasing three vests for our K9 partners.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Attached is a photo from left to right, Bri Goodenough, Kristin Goodenough, Deputy Blair Kacos and Edo.