Wauconda Police K9 Badger | Photo: Wauconda Police Department

A non-profit organization donated a bullet and stab protective vest to Wauconda Police Canine Badger.

The vest was donated by the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Badger’s new vest is embroidered with, “In memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department,” the Wauconda Police Department said.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was established in 2009 and 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.

The potentially lifesaving American-made armor is custom-fitted and National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certified.

The organization has provided over 4,500 vests to canines in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million.

In November, the organization donated vests to four of the five Lake County Sheriff’s Office canines.

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The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.

Canines with expired vests are also eligible to participate.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. A donation of $960 sponsors one vest.

Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty.

Those interested in more information or who want to learn about volunteer opportunities can call 508-824-6978.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org.