Cookeville K9 Unit Receives Body Armor

Cookeville, TN – Cookeville Police Department’s K9s Jaeger, Kaine, Ruger, Rico, & Max have
received body armor.

Cookeville Police Department’s K9s Jaeger, Kaine, Ruger, Rico, & Max have received a bullet
and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested
Interest in K9s, Inc. The vests were sponsored by PetArmor and Walmart and embroidered with
the sentiment “Protection provided by PetArmor & Walmart”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) 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 was established in 2009 to assist
law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9
officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests in 50
states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related
agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with
expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a
value between $1,795 – $2,234, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There
is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 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 tax-deductible donations of any denomination at
www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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