A little while back I posted about the tragic loss of a local 2 year old K9 named Ape after he was shot by a crazy gunman. While that time was sad and many of us were full of questions (yes, he was wearing a vest), something very positive has been underway as a result. Ape not only served so bravely during his short life, but in a way, he continued to serve even in his death...through raising awareness. Soon after Ape's passing, my county's sheriff's department shared on the local news that that have 3 police K9's and only one outdated vest. I was in shock! I had no idea! Three days later, simply by putting that information out to the public, and with Ape's recent heroism on people's minds, enough money was donated by locals to the county sheriff's department that all three K9's could now be vested! K9 programs are often not paid for through taxes, so the public generosity is crucial. Not only could we now vest our three K9's, but there was enough money to purchase portable emergency trauma kits! I couldn't be more thrilled!
Since I was so unaware of the lack money, vests and supplies available to help protect and save out K9 dogs serving us so well, I can only assume there are others out there who are also unaware. Please, I urge you to investigate your own local K9 needs. It took our small county 3 days to earn what money we needed, and it was simply done through sharing and interest. Of course larger towns might require a bigger effort, but find out, spread the word....get your service pups protected!
Resources to help you get started:
Kevlar for K9s