K9 Lark  gets vest

The Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark wears a protective vest donated by Vested Interest in K9s.

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark has received a bullet and stab protective vest as the result of a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s.

K9 Lark’s vest was sponsored by National Police  Association and was embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by NationalPolice.org.," according to a news release from Vested Interest in K9s.

Vested Interest in K9s, 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 4,845 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations, according to the news release.

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.

The nonprofit 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 pounds, and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 508-824-6978.