PRLog - Oct. 5, 2012 - TAUNTON, Mass. -- 7 year old Dracut resident, Kaylee Wiroll raised over $1400 to donate a bullet and stab protective vest for K9 Joka of the Suffolk County Sheriff's department through East Taunton, nonprofit, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The life saving body armor costs $1031 and the vest was embroidered in memory of the beloved Wiroll family rottweiller, Brady. The remaining funds were combined with general donations to help an additional police K9.
Vested Interest in K9s company ambassador, Cesar
In an effort to continue to help the police K9s, Kaylee is currently being featured in the 2013 Vested Interest in K9s Calendar in the month of September with Corporal Tim Frates and K9 Joka of the Suffolk COunty Sheriff's Department.
On Saturday, October 13,10am-2pm, Kaylee will be appearing with the K9 team from the Suffolk County Sheriff's department at Skipton's Pet Center 274 Southampton St. Boston, MA autographing calendars, which are available for purchase onsite for $15. "Big Blue" the Vested Interest in K9s costumed police dog character will be on site for a photo taking opportunity. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera.
All proceeds from the day's event will go towards vesting Suffolk County Sheriff's department's newest K9 in training, Jax, who is partnered with Sergeant Corey Lewis.
Kaylee's goal will be to raise $1031.00 to purchase her second embroidered vest and donate it to Vested Interest in K9s for K9 Jax.
Calendars may also be purchased at select Mass retailers and online at www.vik9s.org.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1006 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 64 police dogs with protective vests in 2011. To date 119 vests have been donated to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States by the nonprofit.
New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to be added to the organization's waiting list.
President, Sandy Marcal began working with law enforcement agencies in 2000 to coordinate efforts between various law enforcement agencies, vest sponsorships, fundraising events and the media within Massachusetts. In 2011, efforts were expanded to assist police dogs throughout the United States.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. currently has a list of over 20 police dogs needing vests. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.