YARDLEY, Pa., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PetArmor®, known for its products that protect dogs and cats from fleas and ticks, will now also help protect four legged K-9s in the line of duty. As part of a yearlong partnership with Vested Interest in K-9s, PetArmor® will provide funding in 2013 for bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9s.
More often than not, law enforcement agencies do not have the budgets to provide vests for K-9 officers — which cost around $1,000 each — leaving police dogs unprotected while helping to fight crime. Vested Interest in K-9s is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bullet and stab protective vests to police organizations nationwide. Since 2009, the non-profit organization has provided 375 vests.
"As a leader in pet protection, PetArmor is excited to partner with Vested Interest in K-9s and protect the dogs that put their lives on the line to protect us," said Alex Kaufman, President and CEO of FidoPharm. "This partnership is a continuation of our ongoing animal welfare and charity efforts."
PetArmor's® initial donation will result in vested dogs in Austin, Texas, as well as Jupiter and Riviera Beach, Fla., where police departments have requested assistance in vesting their police dogs. PetArmor® also plans to announce an additional K-9 vest donation as part of their 2013 commitment.
"Police K-9 units provide an invaluable service to their community and deserve the same kind of protection as their human counterparts," said Sandy Marcal, founder of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. "Thanks to PetArmor, many more police dogs will be protected from harm while they protect their neighborhoods and towns."
The K-9 vests, manufactured by Armor Express, are custom sized that provide maximum comfort and mobility. The K-9 vests provide maximum coverage to the vital organs in addition to a rear extension panel to accommodate dogs with longer torsos.
About Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.
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. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. 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. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.
FidoPharm® is a leading, science-based pet health company committed to improving the overall health of pets across the United States by creating vet-quality products that are affordable and accessible. The FidoPharm portfolio includes PetArmor® & PetArmorPro™ Advanced flea and tick products that have the same No.1 veterinarian active ingredient as the leading vet-brand. As part of the Perrigo Company, a leading global manufacturer of OTC healthcare products, PetArmor® offers clinically proven tested products at about half the price of comparable brand name and prescription treatments. PetArmor® products are available at major national retailers. For more information, please visit http://www.petarmor.com/.