Non-profit organization donates protective vest to VPD K9 Lark

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. aims to provide bullet and stab protective vests to dogs of law enforcement

VICTORIA, Texas – Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a non-profit organization, donated a bullet and stab protective vest to Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark.

The National Police Association has sponsored the vest that will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by NationalPolice.org”. Lark will receive the vest in approximately eight to ten weeks.

Joseph Smith And K9 Lark 2

Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officer Joseph Smith and his K9
partner, Lark

Vested Interest in K9s Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity. Its 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 potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is made in the U.S., custom fitted and NIJ certified.

Since the start of the organization, Vested Interest in K9s has provided over 4,740 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million. Both private and corporate donations have made this possible.

The program assists U.S. dogs that are at least 20-months-old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s that own expired vests are also eligible to participate. The United States has approximately 30,000 law enforcement K9s.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest, and each vest has a value of $1,744 to $2,283. The vests weigh an average of 4 to 5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty.

You can find more information or learn about volunteer opportunities by calling 508-824-6978. The organization provides information, lists events and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org. You can also mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

The City of Victoria provided the above information and photos.