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UPDATE: Missing Indiana K9 Dax has been found!
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Who can relate??
Wednesday is over! One day closer to the weekend!
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K9 Riggs of the Auburn Massachusetts Fire Rescue Department assisted with locating a drowning victim in a recent boating accident. 

After first responders searched the pond for several hours on Thursday, divers returned to the water Friday morning with K9 Riggs, a specialized search dog. Riggs is trained to look for human remains and can even scent them in the water. Riggs hit on an area that divers focused on, and a short time later the victim was found in about 18 feet of water by Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson, a diver from the Worcester Fire Department.  Great work K9 Riggs! Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family πŸ’™
What are yours??
Now that’s the happy face of another K9 vested and protected! 

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office K9 Hyco recently received donation of body armor from us at VIK9s, and we are just as happy about it as he is!!

Thank you for your service, Hyco! It’s an honor to help keep you safe πŸ’™
Amazon Smile shoppers have generously donated over $13,000 to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.! Select us as your charity and help protect our nations four legged heroes, by shopping at
MS- Singing River Police Department’s K9 Jester has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Jester’s vest is sponsored by Diana Ribera of Holladay, Utah and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by the Ribera Family”.

“Jester and I are proud to be a part of the community and provide specialized service whenever and wherever needed. Vested Interest in K9s awarding this vest will help us continue to Improve Health and Save Lives.” 
     – Officer Thomas Spicer, K9 Unit, Singing River Campus Police

“Singing River K9 Jester furthers our Mission to Improve Health and Save Lives while providing emotional support to every person he comes in contact with. Yes, he is on the job, continuously working to protect our system, yet gives our team and the community a sense of comfort while doing what he loves.”
     – Chief Randy Sanders, Singing River Campus Police
Happy Retirement to our amazing June Calendar Celebrity, K9 Sandy with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, SC! This girl has a fantastic nose and was a top tracker. Sandy has been a hardworking and vital team member to the LCSO for nearly 8 years. From tracking robbery suspects to trailing missing children, Sandy was proven to be invaluable time and time again. She will reside with her handler, Investigator Haupfear. We wish them well and thank her for her service.
K9 Missile, a two year old Belgian Malinois from the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response/Special Ops. Unit is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered while tracking down a suspect who law enforcement said fired at officers in Thorsby. The veterinarian who treated the two-year old Belgian Malinois told Chilton Sheriff’s authorities if the bullet had been a half inch deeper into his chest it would have killed him. He’s expected to recover. The suspect was later killed and the incident is under investigation. 

Photo source: Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, AL
Have you met Mr. September? K9 Balton is our September cover photo and featured in the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2020 calendar. He is trained in vapor wake and explosives ordinance detection. Balton loves to train, hike, swim, go to the park and especially loves his ball. K9 Balton is pictured with his partner, Officer David Arnold of Redondo Beach, CA. #vik9scalendar
Photo courtesy of Onnie Hull
Jumping into the new week like....πŸ˜…πŸ˜…
What are your Sunday plans? Hopefully they’re as relaxing as this πŸ˜…
Happy Friday, friends and followers!
Shared post: 

“Yesterday, the UCONN Police Department and  CT Police community said farewell to one of our K-9 partners and former Olympic competitor,  K-9 Hagar. 

K-9 Hagar was partnered with retired Police Officer Paul Osella and worked from 2012-2017. K-9 Hagar was certified in Patrol and Narcotics detection. 

We would like to send our deepest condolences to Paul Osella and his family. Rest easy Hagar and thank you for your service.”
Did you know you can purchase supplies for us from our wish list? Things like paper, envelopes and other supplies we need to run our organization. See our entire wishlist at
Thank you for your support! #amazonwishlist #vik9sdonate
New York State Police Department’s K9 Tilly has received donation of body armor

New York State Police Department’s K9 Tilly has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Tilly’s vest was embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Gabo, Jonesboro, AR EOW 1/16/20”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., 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 is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,004 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.  

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old, 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. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 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 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. 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 donations at, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.
A Happy Ending for Tuscon PD and K9 Tango
Last week the TPD SWAT team and their K9 unit were called in to arrest an armed criminal. As the officers approached, the suspect ran. K9 Tango was sent after the suspect who drew a firearm and shot multiple rounds at the officers and K9 Tango. K9 Tango was struck but continued in his pursuit. The suspect was captured and K9 Tango was rushed to the veterinarian. Due to the courage of K9 Tango, no officers were injured while arresting this obviously violent criminal. K9 Tango is expected to make a full recovery and return to full duty in a couple of weeks. Way to go Tango!!
#policedogs #k9officer #takeabiteoutofcrime
It wouldn’t be #workingdogwednesday without sharing one of our recent protective vest recipients! 

We are honored to help protect Villa Park Police Department’s K9 Luke! 

Luke’s vest is sponsored by Elizabeth Ohanian of Waukegan, IL and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”.

Stay safe, Luke!
just one of those days...
Meet Daisy Mae, St. Johns County, FL Sheriff's Office's newest K9! This 9-month-old superstar has already met Governor DeSantis and Representative Scott Plakon (she's named after his late wife) and is ready to get to work!
Congratulations on your new job Daisy Mae! #PawPatrol
Shared from Central Pierce Fire and Rescue Facebook:  

“K9 Hansel to get donation of body armor! 

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue K9 Hansel will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Hansel’s vest is sponsored by Shana Greene of Newcastle, WA and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Honoring those who served and sacrificed”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

We are one of only 61 ATF Accelerant Detection K9 teams in the country. We cover the entire Pacific Northwest for the ATF. Regionally we have assisted 24 different departments in the 8 months we have been in service.”

Stay safe Hansel!
πŸŽ‰Vested Interest in K9s is celebrating 11 years of protecting K9s!  THANK YOU to our supporters! We couldn't do it without you! πŸŽ‰ #vik9s #ProtectingK9sisOurPriority #policedogs #k9officer
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