COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Police Department’s K-9, Tank, has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc.
The vest was donated by an anonymous sponsor and embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed.”
Vested Interest in K9s 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.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 and since its inception, has provided more than 2,700 protective vests in every state through private and corporate donations at a cost of more than $2.3 million.
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 K-9 graduates as well as K-9s with expired vests are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K-9 is $950 and each vest has an average weight of 4 to 5 pounds.
There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.
Donations can be made on the nonprofit’s website.