As a rescue and being supported by our community we felt the need to give back. We started with Filo who is a 2 yr old Beglin Malinois with the Pembroke Police Department. We are based in the town of Pembroke, and it only felt right when we went down this avenue that we vest one of our own dogs first. We held a great event at Article Fifteen Brewing in Rockland and were able to raise enough funds for Filo's Swat Vest.
We will continue to support Filo and his handler with anything they may need.
We will also continue to partner and support Mass Vest a Dog. Read below and find out what the program is about and how you can help.
Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing support for Massachusetts Police Dogs: helping provide bulletproof K-9 vests, essential equipment, funding for training, and dogs for police / law enforcement programs throughout Massachusetts. From 2000-2008, Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog was a division of the Barnstable Police Association.
The defining moment which inspired the creation of MA Vest-A-Dog was the tragic death of K-9 Cero, who was killed in the line of duty on March 25, 2000. He was the devoted partner of Deputy William R. Niemi of the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson, Ohio. Read Cero’s heartbreaking story
Because of the tireless work of our volunteers and generous support from our donors, MA Vest-a-Dog is proud to have provided 632+ vests to the following Massachusetts law enforcement agencies:
Heartfelt thanks to the many wonderful pet people and their companion animals, we’ve met along the way. You gave us so much more than just a donation. You enriched our lives in ways we never dreamed possible. Also, thanks to the individuals, organizations and businesses who have generously supported the cause, including: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Lions Club, school groups, women’s groups, animal welfare groups, pet-related businesses, veterinarians, and those who have accepted donations in honor of First Communion, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Birthdays, Weddings, Anniversaries, etc. Thank you for your support.
Our primary goal continues to be to ensure every Massachusetts K-9 has a bullet resistant vest. While law enforcement agencies provide bullet-resistant vests for their human officers, they are unable to fund vests for K-9 officers. As K-9s are trained to give up their lives to protect their partners and all of us, we believe it is every bit as important to protect them.
A bulletproof K9 vest ranges from $1,350 to *$2,800 each (handler/dept choice). All K9 vests will also protect against blunt force trauma if kicked, punched, or struck with an object, like a bat.
*$2900 K9 Storm™ bullet/stab-protective tactical vest for Massachusetts K-9 patrol teams that are actively assigned to a tactical team or regularly train in tactical deployment.
ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT, TRAINING, & PURCHASE OF DOGS for police / law enforcement K-9 programs throughout Massachusetts. Grants awarded twice a year, due 6/15 and 12/15.
Essential equipment includes specialized equipment for the K-9 dog (bullet/stab-protective K-9 vests, K-9 first aid kits, canine oxygen masks, reflective K-9 gear, specialized harnesses), training/protective clothing (bite suits/pants/jackets/sleeves/hand protectors/helmets), K-9 cruiser specialized items (kennels, heat detector/door popper units, secure storage units, door panels, window guards/fans, rear A/C systems), training aids (scent kits), training equipment (K-9 agility structures, scent-training boxes).
Training distinct from customary and usual K-9 training is funding for training staff, K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners to attend training seminars or to fund guest trainers. Priority will be given to training that will benefit more handlers (ie: for Trainers or for guest trainers that are invited to conduct a seminar open to multiple departments or for handlers that are willing to present what they learned in a seminar to multiple departments). Training support will not include minimal department-required in-service for certification, additional areas of certification or re-certification/maintenance training.
Purchase of dogs is partial funding of a dog specifically for K-9 Police Law Enforcement work.