On May 2, 14 South Jersey police dogs will graduate with their new partners from the Atlantic County K-9 Training Center and thanks to AHS' Vested Interest Program, will be equipped with the same type of bodily protection as their human counterparts.
Pictured is Hamilton Township Patrol Officer Nicole Nelson and partner, K-9 Hunter, who will receive a protective vest through the Vested Interest Program on May 2nd.
Thanks to your generous donations to the Vested Interest Program, the new graduates will join over 1,000 other police dogs in New Jersey, and another 150 throughout the nation who have received these bullet-and knife-proof vests to protect them while on patrol. Graduation takes place at 11 a.m. at the Clarion Hotel, Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor, NJ.
“These dogs courageously and selflessly work on command to protect and serve. It seems only right that they should have every protection afforded their human partners,” said Roseann Trezza, our Executive Director. “We are extremely grateful to those who appreciate the service provided by these dogs and kindly donate to Vested Interest.”
The program began in 1998, after the fatal shooting of a Monmouth County Sheriff Department’s K-9, named Solo. The ultimate goal of Vested Interest is to provide a vest for every police dog that graduates the academy. However, the dramatic cost increase for the vests is making this goal much more challenging. Each vest costs approximately $825, making your support more urgently needed than ever before if we are to protect these working K-9's.
Your donations, whether you are a school group, civic group, or a private citizen, are the only way we can provide these life-saving vests. Local K-9 Unit handlers will often give demonstrations at meetings or school assemblies in partnership with Vested Interest fundraising activities. Please take a moment to learn more about how you can help our Vested Interest Fund or contact us for additional information. Help protect the lives of our working K-9's and donate today.