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Snellville PD’s K-9s get protective equipment – Fox 5 Atlanta

SNELLVILLE, Ga. –

Bullet proof vests are not only for police officers; they are also for the dogs who serve with them. The K-9 unit at Snellville’s police department got outfitted with the vests made for their four-legged counterparts on Tuesday.
Officer Phil Halladay has had his K9 partner, Duko, for a year now. “To have him there with me, knowing he would sacrifice his life for me is a great benefit,” Halladay said.

Duko now has his own life-saving protection. It’s hard to put on at times, but Officer Halladay turns it into a game, knowing the piece of equipment could save his dog’s life.
“You start building that bond with them, you live with them, you train with them, you feed them and take care of them, so knowing he has the same protection I do really helps my confidence in him and my confidence in what he can do for me,” Halladay.All four K-9’s at Snellville’s police department now have vests that are bulletproof and knife-proof.

Sgt. Will Collins says it’s a relief knowing that his partner now has protection too.
“He is a police officer and I couldn’t imagine what would happen…if I lost my dog, and how emotional that would be,” Collins said.

Project Paws Alive, the group that raised the money for the equipment, also gave each K-9 unit a trauma kit to treat everything from a gunshot wound to a snake bite.

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Project Paws Alive Partners with Groupon Grassroots for Vests for K-9s Initiative

Press Release: Help Law Enforcement K-9s Get Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

Project Paws Alive Partners with Groupon Grassroots for Vests for K-9s Initiative to provide Law Enforcement K-9s Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

 

March 28, 2013 Update: The Nationwide Groupon Campaign is now live! Tax-deductible donations can be made at http://www.groupon.com/deals/project-paws-alive-inc

 

March 25, 2013: Grayson, GA – Today Project Paws Alive and Groupon Grassroots, the philanthropic arm of Groupon, announce the launch of a nationwide campaign to provide Bullet and Stab Protective Vests to Law Enforcement K-9s. Project Paws Alive, Inc. is the non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate in this nationwide initiative.

The Vests for K-9s campaign will be available on the Atlanta, GA Groupon Grassroots page beginning on Thursday, March 28th and running through midnight Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model and secure website, folks can pledge support for the Vests for K-9s initiative in increments of $10 (which is a tax-deductible donation) with each $800 providing a law enforcement K-9 with a customized, bullet and stab protective vest.

Within the US, six law enforcement K-9s were killed or seriously injured in the line of duty in the last week alone. Providing police K-9s with protective vests is an investment in our communities and public safety. Many agencies don’t have the budget to purchase this equipment. Project Paws Alive’s mission is to provide these vital protective vests to the law enforcement K-9s who put their lives on the line for the community and their human partners. The goal is to raise $40,000 by the end of the event on Wednesday which will allow the organization to outfit 50 police K-9s with vests throughout the United States.

“We’re excited to leverage the collective action model of Groupon Grassroots to raise support for Vests for K-9s”, said Cheryl Allen, co-founder of Project Paws Alive.  “We look forward to creating new awareness for Project Paws Alive as one of the local organizations in metro Atlanta to be featured nationally on Groupon Grassroots.”

Project Paws Alive just vested K-9 Zeke; the Harrisburg, PA Police K-9 that was shot while pursuing a wanted person in Lower Paxton Township on March 15th. After two hours of intense surgery to remove a bullet, K-9 Zeke is now recovering at home with his partner Corporal Ty Meik. “It’s our goal to provide law enforcement K-9s nationwide with these bullet and stab proof vests to protect them while they are protecting us”.

One hundred percent of the Groupon Grassroots campaign proceeds will be used to provide law enforcement K-9s with customized, state of the art bullet and stab protective vests.

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About Project Paws Alive

Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in Grayson, GA. whose mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s throughout the United States. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to fund this lifesaving equipment. Project Paws Alive, Inc. currently has a list of over 30 K-9s needing vests. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 770.714.7994. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org.

About Groupon Grassroots

Groupon Grassroots, launched in July 2010 in Chicago as G-Team, features local campaigns nationwide, enabling Groupon followers to do good, have fun, and make a real impact in their communities. Groupon Grassroots uses collective action to gather support for worthwhile causes and produce tangible results for local organizations. To learn more about Groupon Grassroots and how to become a featured organization, visit http://grassroots.groupon.com. To subscribe to Groupon, visit http://www.groupon.com.

Press Contacts:

Project Paws Alive, Inc.Cheryl Allen770.714.7994

Cheryl@ProjectPawsAlive.org

GrouponErin Yeager312.999.3434

eyeager@groupon.com

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K-9 Zeke First Aid Field Trauma Kit Fundraiser

2326020_GK-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit Fundraiser for K-9 Zeke and his fellow HPD K-9 Unit members.

Project Paws Alive recently completed a K-9 protective vest fundraiser for K-9 Zeke, the Harrisburg Police K-9 who was shot on March 15th while assisting with a call in Lower Paxton Township, PA. Zeke, a two-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois, was flown to a veterinary hospital in Mechanicsburg after being shot in the neck during the police call. After over two hours of surgery to remove a bullet lodged in his neck, MeikK-9 Zeke is now home recovering. Full video can be seen here: ABC 27 News.

K-9 Zeke however needs a K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit for his safety while on duty, as do the four other working canine members of his Harrisburg PD K-9 Unit.

HAwkinsThe K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is the most complete and versatile professional K-9 first aid kit available and is military grade. The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is designed to enable handlers to provide lifesaving treatment to injured canines at the point of injury or when veterinary care is not immediately available. This kit and its contents are compact, durable and allow reliable and versatile interventions wherever the need arises. PeiperThe kit provides the necessary tools to address the major traumatic injuries common to K-9’s operating in the military and law enforcement environment as well as common K-9 emergencies such as bloat, heat injury, and toxic ingestion. The kit will enable the handler to address everything from a snake bite to a gunshot wound.

Additionally, everything in the kit can also be used on the handler if needed.k9 trauma

This kit maximizes storage space while maintaining a compact profile. The kit can be slung over the shoulder in bandolier fashion, hand-carried, or worn around the waist as a belly-bag. The kit is also designed to quickly attach to most K-9 ballistic vests, K-9 cooling vests, and K-9 ID vest/harnesses if needed. Click here for more details on the K-9 First Aid Field Trauma Kit.

Please consider donating today. Our goal is to raise $1,750 for all five kits.  All donations are tax-deductible.

You may donate directly  via the secure PayPal button below.

Checks can also be mailed to Project Paws Alive, 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and indicate “Zeke” in the memo line.

80-0301_aProject Paws Alive Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, military, and first responder agencies throughout the US. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment. Our mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s.




K-9 Zeke’s vest is fully funded!

K-9 Zeke’s vest is fully funded! You did it in an amazingly short period of time (48 hours) and we can’t say thank you enough to everyone who donated, shared, and posted on Zeke’s behalf. Now we have another goal that involves K-9 Zeke; he and the other K-9s on his PD K-9 Unit need K-9 Field Trauma Kits to keep them safe. We’ll have a dedicated link for trauma kit donations up shortly. Thank you all for supporting an amazing law enforcement K-9 Hero!
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Augusta GreenJackets host Project Paws Alive Day on May 5, 2013

The Augusta GreenJackets, Class A Affiliate of the 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants is hosting a Project Paws Alive Day on May 5, 2013 during their Sunday home game against the Asheville Tourists

The event will take place at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, GA. Game time is 2:05 pm, but arrive early for special K-9 demos!

BaseballSpecial tickets are on sale now that include a limited GreenJackets visor. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Project Paws Alive.

Come early to see a pre-game demonstration from the Richmond County GA Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. Several of the K-9s will also be recognized prior and during the game. Three of the K-9s currently serving on the RCSO K-9 unit are former US Marine K-9s who served in Afghanistan.

For some added fun one of the K-9s will catch the first pitch, and a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 handler will be singing the national anthem.

Project Paws Alive will have a booth set up on the concourse where fans can learn more about the organization and meet some of the RCSO K-9s.

Come out and join us for a great day of baseball and K-9s!

To get your tickets, please use the GreenJackets online link below or complete and mail in the GreenJacket Ticket Request form below.

$2 of every ticket will support Project Paws Alive and include a limited GreenJackets visor!

Go to the Augusta GreenJackets online ticket link here: http://tinyurl.com/am95nmc and enter in Special Offer Code “PAWS” which will get you a ticket plus a limited GJ visor.

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K-9 Zeke Fundraiser

2326020_GProtective Vest Fundraiser for K-9 Zeke

UPDATE: AS OF 10PM on 3/19/2013 K-9 ZEKE’s VEST HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED WITHIN 48 HOURS! PROJECT PAWS ALIVE HAS NOW BEEN ASKED TO PROVIDE K-9 FIELD TRAUMA KITS TO K-9 ZEKE AND THE OTHER 4 K-9s ON ZEKE’s PD K-9 UNIT. A SEPARATE DONATION CAMPAIGN WILL BE POSTED FOR THIS REQUEST.

Project Paws Alive has started a fundraiser for K-9 Zeke, the Harrisburg police K-9 who was shot Friday while assisting with a call in Lower Paxton Township, and is now on his way home to recover from surgery to remove a bullet in his neck.

Zeke, a two-and-a-half year old Belgian Malinois and the newest addition to Harrisburg’s K-9 unit, was flown to a veterinary hospital in Mechanicsburg on Friday after being shot in the neck during a police call.

2328821_GAccording to Assistant Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, police were pursuing a wanted person, just before 6 p.m. when Harrisburg’s K-9 unit was called in to assist.

The suspect opened fire and hit Zeke in the neck. After the suspect shot the dog, Chardo said the suspect refused to drop his weapon and was then shot and killed by police.

Zeke lost a lot of blood because of his injury, so fluids were used to stabilize him until his surgery Saturday morning. Dr. Mark Meyerhoff of the Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center operated on Zeke, spending more than two hours trying to repair the gunshot damage to his neck. Zeke won’t be able to return to work for at least a month. Zeke was released this morning to recover at home with his handler.

Full story can be read here: http://www.abc27.com/story/21655941/police-on-scene-at-police-involved-shooting-in-dauphin-county

429662_307969715996249_866863814_nK-9 Zeke however needs a new protective vest. Zeke had been using the old vest of his predecessor K-9 Zeus, however the vest did not fit properly as K-9 Zeke is smaller than K-9 Zeus, and K-9 protective vests only have a 5-6 year lifespan as recommended by the manufacturers. Project Paws Alive is stepping in to assist K-9 Zeke and his handler Ty get a new protective K-9 vest and K-9 trauma kit. The new K-9 vest will be custom fitted to K-9 Zeke’s measurements and will be both bullet and stab-proof, meeting the NIJ 06 requirements and will be level IIA ballistic/ level III spike protection providing the highest level of protection in a light-weight body armor vest.

The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is the most complete and versatile professional K-9 first aid kit available and is military grade. The K-9 Tactical Field Kit is designed to enable handlers to provide lifesaving treatment to injured canines at the point of injury or when veterinary care is not immediately available. This kit and its contents are compact, durable and allow reliable and versatile interventions wherever the need arises. The kit provides the necessary tools to address the major traumatic injuries common to K-9’s operating in the military and law enforcement environment as well as common K-9 emergencies such as bloat, heat injury, and toxic ingestion. The kit will enable the handler to address everything from a snake bite to a gunshot wound.

530556_307969319329622_1667283442_nPlease consider donating today. Our goal is to raise $1,000.  All donations are tax-deductible.

You may donate directly on the Project Paws Alive website: http://projectpawsalive.org/donate/ .

All donations are securely handled by PayPal.

Checks can also be mailed to Project Paws Alive, 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive.

580095_307966515996569_502200542_nProject Paws Alive Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, military, and first responder agencies throughout the US. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment. Our mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s.

To donate or obtain more information about our organization please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Fundraiser

RCSOProject Paws Alive, a non-profit organization, is conducting a  fundraising effort to provide vital equipment for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit based in Augusta, GA. The equipment needed for the unit consists of K-9 Ballistic Vests, K-9 Field Trauma kits, and K-9 Cooling Vests.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of 10 K-9s along with their officer handlers. The K-9s specialize in explosives detection, narcotics, tracking, and area/ building searches. Three of the K-9s are former Marine K-9s who served in Afghanistan.

The K-9 ballistic protective vests are bullet-proof and stab-proof containing level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection which exceeds the current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 06 regulations. These vests are cut from the same Kevlar® bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs. These vests help protect the K-9s from gun shots, Deputy Patrick Cullinan  K-9 Bleckystabbings, and other blunt force trauma such as being kicked, punched, or beaten with a weapon or other dangerous object while on duty. These protective vests are a vital piece of equipment to protect law enforcement K-9s.

Each K-9 body armor vest donated by Project Paws Alive is custom manufactured using the latest technology and materials in order to fit the body shape and size of each K-9 officer. The vests are designed so that the K-9s can wear the vests the entire time that they are working with their assigned handlers. They offer outstanding ballistic protection with ease of movement, breathe-ability and cooling comfort in a rigorously field-tested vest.

The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is designed for use by Law Enforcement, Military, Fire, EMS, and Search & Rescue K-9 Units. This kit contains specific supplies needed to treat the K-9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to snake bites.

Deputy Donald McVean & K-9 Mo 2K-9 teams face substantial risks on a daily basis. These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. Those who work in Search & Rescue, Apprehension and Explosive Detection teams have an increased risk of injury due to extreme conditions, poisoning, or explosion. Tracking teams that spend hours in the woods and remote areas do not have access to immediately available emergency care.

While emergency care is often readily available to the handler, the same cannot be said of the their canine partner. Training officers to administer first aid to their injured canine partner is only part of the solution, equipping them with a K-9 tactical first aid trauma kit for use in the field can make a huge difference.

K-9 Haiti with handler Deputy Garner along with a cancer patientDistribution of these kits will give the handlers the means to do just that. In addition, everything in the kit can also be used to treat and/or the save the life of the human handler

The K-9 cooling vests are specifically designed for police, military, search and rescue K-9s that work in high heat conditions. They use advanced Phase Change Cooling Material to maintain a constant cool temperature of 58F around the K-9. The outer material is 100% light-weight cotton. The Phase Change Material or PCM is a non-toxic chemical that freezes at 58F and stays at that temperature for 2-4 hrs. It works by absorbing heat away from the body. It is not a cold vest, it is a cool vest, and is designed to keep the K-9 cool and comfortable, not cold therefore there is no discomfort. There is no ice burn, condensation or fluctuating temperatures with PCM, like you would have with an ice vest. PCM is not water based, it is a carbon based liquid and it is 25% lighter than water. PCM is also safe for the K-9s as it is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and non-flammable.  These vests are a must for K-9s that often have to work in extremely hot weather and fit comfortably under ballistic vests when needed.

Many Law Enforcement K-9 Units do not have the budget to purchase these life-saving pieces of equipment. Most agencies are prohibited from spending funds on equipment that is not for human officer use.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a sponsor today. $10,000 is still needed to reach our goal.

You may donate directly on the Project Paws Alive website: http://projectpawsalive.org/donate/ .

Checks can also be mailed to Project Paws Alive, 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017. Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive.

 

Richmond County SO K-9's_ Deputy Garner & K9 Haiti & Deputy McVean & K9 Mo

Snellville K-9 Unit Vest Presentation – March 25, 2013

Phil and K9 DukoDW Peters and CoopSnellville K9Join Project Paws Alive at the Snellville, GA City Hall on March 25, 2013 at 7:30pm to attend the equipment presentations to K-9 Coop and K-9 Duko of the Snellville, GA Police K-9 Unit. Both K-9s will be receiving custom-made protective (ballistic) vests and K-9 field trauma kits to keep them safe while on duty. The equipment has been sponsored in large part by the Analytical Forensic Associates of Lilburn, GA. A meet and greet with the K-9s and their officer handlers will be available.