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 continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2019 which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated almost $50,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.

Selected as 2019 recipients to date are:

Vinton Police Department, IA, K9 Gino,

Bannockburn Police Department, IL, K9 Odin,

West Union Police Department, IA, K9 Xena,

Forest City Police Department, IA, K9 Kona,

Ludlow Police Department, KY, K9 Oakley,

Broadway Police Department, IL, K9 Jax.

The “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant is 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 are 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 an 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 service 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.

In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 3200 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.

The Vinton Police Department K-9 Unit has been active since late 2017 and is funded almost entirely through donations. Gino and his handler, Sgt. Ben Parmater, have been successful in tracking and apprehending two suspects who fled police. In addition, they have made numerous seizures of illegal narcotics resulting in arrests by area agencies. Donations to help support the Vinton Police Department K-9 Unit are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. If you are interested in donating, please contact Sgt. Ben Parmater at the Vinton Police Department, 319-472-2321.