Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide 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 is pleased to continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2018 allocating the sum of $10,000 in annual policy coverage. Since 2016, the charity has donated over $23,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Selected as 2018 recipients to date are: Arroyo Grande Police Department, K9 Tig, Commerce ISD Police Department, TX, K9 Coco, Colorado Rangers, CO, K9 Blitz, Gardena Police Department, CA, K9 Amir, Chicago Heights Police Department, IL, K9 Cap, Martin County Sheriff’s Office, KY, K9 Grim, Great Barrington Police Department, MA, K9 Titan, Chester Police Department, VT, K9 Dutch, City of Wilmington Police Department, IL , K9 Mao, Corson County Sheriff’s Office, SD, K9 Taz, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, OK, K9 Roy, Cheybogan County Sheriff’s Office, MI, K9 Havok, and Sauk Village Police Department, IN, K9 Falko.
The “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant will be awarded to departments who have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three K9s, and who have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Law enforcement dogs ages two through seven will be eligible. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, will cover illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States, and Puerto Rico.
Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, offers injury and illnesses coverage for working and ser vice dogs— both on and off duty. For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners and working dog owners peace of mind so they can focus on their dog’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care. The Arroyo Grande Police Department is honored to have this additional support for the wellness of our beloved Tig.
In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3100 law enforcement dogs with bullet and stab protective vests in 50 states, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.
Beau Pryor, Police Chief