Buffalo Grove Police Department Canine Mac poses with his bullet and stab protective vest following a donation from a non-profit organization. | Provided Photo

Waukegan Police Canine Milo and Buffalo Grove Police Canine Mac have both received bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a donation from a non-profit organization.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department and Waukegan Police Department both separately announced in December that Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was donating protective vests for their canines.

Both departments said earlier this week that the vests for Mac and Milo had arrived.

Milo is one of four canines on the Waukegan Police Department.

Mac, a two-year-old sable German Shepherd, joined the Buffalo Grove Police Department in June. His handler is Officer Shannon McMillon, who has been a member of the department since 2014.

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.

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Waukegan Police Department Canine Milo poses with his bullet and stab protective vest following a donation from a non-profit organization. | Provided Photo

The potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged officers is made in the United States, custom-fitted, and NIJ certified, the police departments said.

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 5,500 vests to canines in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

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.

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement canines throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. A donation of $985 sponsors one vest.

Each vest has a value of $1,800, weighs an average of 4-5 pounds and comes with a five-year warranty.

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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.