CDCR K-9 Jack will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization – Vested Interest in K9s Inc.

Ventura Youth Correctional Facility K9 Jacks’ vest is sponsored by an anonymous donor and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to love – Trained to serve – Loyal Always.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.

Youth Correctional Officer Richard Bautista and his K-9 partner, Jack, at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. (Photo courtesy of Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.)

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 nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.9 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

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 a law enforcement K-9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s 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.

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