Longmeadow Police Department has been awarded a grant for police dog Kai.
The ‘Healthcare for K9 Heroes’ grant is from Vested Interest in K9s. Vested Interest in K9s is a nationwide charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistant to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies through the country.
Since 2016, the charity has donated more than $30,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Kai is among other police dogs in western Massachusetts to receive a grant from Vested Interest in K9s. Those police dogs include, Ware police dog Sampson, and Great Barrington police dog Titan.
The ‘Healthcare for K9 Heroes’ grant is awarded to departments who have to raise funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three police dogs, and who have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Law enforcement dogs ages two through seven are eligible.
The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, will cover illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 3,100 law enforcement dogs with bullet and stab protective vests in 50 states, at a value of $5.7 million.