(12-2-20) Berrien County Sheriff’s Office K9s Blek, Maxx, and Mika have received bullet and
stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vests were embroidered with the sentiment

“This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”.

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 4,101 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 http://www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box
9, East Taunton, MA 02718.