by Elizabeth Clarke
Louisiana Christian University K9 Rex will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable
donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Rex’s vest will be embroidered with the
sentiment “In memory of Claude.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity 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. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and
NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,601 vests to K9s in all 50 states
at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.
The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law
enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated
30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960
will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a
five-year warranty. 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 donations at www.vik9s.org, or you
may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.