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  • Writer's pictureCrystal Faircloth

BCSO Dogs Given Body Armor

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K9s Arco and Orex have received bullet- and stab- resistant vests thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vests are sponsored by the organization through the Amazon Smile donor percentage purchase program. Each piece of the armor is embroidered with the logo “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”

The mission of the organization is to provide protective body armor and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies all over the country.

Since its inception in 2009, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 4,845 ballistic vests, 2,300 opioid reversal Narcan kits for dogs, over $270,260 of animal medical insurance premiums, and approximately $118,400 in canine medical first aid kits. Three Chevy Tahoes valued at over $50,000 each were also custom fitted by the non-profit for a K9 Unit.

All of the organization's programs are made possible with funds raised through contributions, grants and fundraising events.

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.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each piece 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, call 508.824.6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at .

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