“We’re really excited to offer this calendar, as it shows a great variety: different law enforcement departments, police dog breeds, and general activities of K9 teams. For example, we have German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois and two Bloodhounds in the calendar. In some photos the dogs are in a ‘sit’ or ‘down’, and there’s an action shot of K9 teams tracking and apprehending suspects. In addition, two young girls who raised funds for vests appear on the page with their special police dogs,” explains Sandy Marcal, President of the East Taunton non-profit, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. (VIK9s).
Marcal continues, “Over the past three years, with generous donations from individuals, organizations and businesses and lots of volunteer hours, we've helped vest over 121 police dogs, in local police departments, sheriff departments, MA Dept. of Corrections, and MBTA (MA Bay Transportation Authority) and throughout the United States.
In September 2012, Vested Interest in K9s hit a milestone of donating $100,000 in vests. As a priority, Massachusetts police K9s needs are met initally, then New England area K9s followed by out of State police K9s.
There are presently over 30 law enforcement dogs waiting for a bullet and stab protective vest, which costs $1006 each.
Stores offering the 2013 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Calendar for sale in Massachusetts include:
NORTH DARTMOUTH Dartmouth Dental 343 State Rd.
Tax deductible donations for VIK9s are welcomed via the website or by mail: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9, East Taunton MA 02718.
For more information, please call 508-824-6978 or visit the website www.vik9s.org
VIK9s is comprised of a small group of dedicated volunteers with help all across the states. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, school groups, women's groups, animal welfare groups, pet-related businesses, veterinarians...dogs have even been vested by ‘donations in honor of’, First Communion, Anniversary, Weddings, etc. Along the way, we have had the privilege and honor to meet many police dogs and their tremendously dedicated handlers and seen many of these K9 teams demonstrate their talents of narcotics/firearms detection, apprehension and obedience.