Volusia County Sheriff K9 Forrest

forest_handler_ellis_killed-line-of-duty-112216K9 Forrest of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in DeLand, FL was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension of a fugitive near Vann Park in Deltona, Florida.

Deputies were in the area searching for a wanted fugitive after receiving a tip that he was staying at a home there. While on scene a dirt bike drove by their location recklessly several times. As the deputies spoke to occupants of the home they heard a subject jumping fences nearby and observed the dirt bike abandoned.

The subject was located by a helicopter crew running into a nearby wooded area. A perimeter was established and K9 Forrest was deployed into the wooded area to located the subject. The man opened fire on Forrest and deputies as Forrest attempted an apprehension. Forrest was struck by the gunfire and then transported to Deltona Animal Hospital where he died from the wound.

The subject was shot and captured after a twenty hour search.

Donations for the Volusia County Sheriff K9 Unit can be made via this secure PayPal link

Donations are tax-deductible.

2016 Hero Dog Nominations Still Open. Join the American Humane Society and Project Paws Alive.

Nominate your K9 for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

logoFor the third year Project Paws Alive has been proudly selected as a charity Partner for the Hero Dog Awards event. We’d like to invite you to submit your Hero Dog for inclusion in the national competition. You and your K9 can be a spotlighted nominee with a chance to share your K9 story. The nominees get flown out to Beverly Hills, CA for the televised award event hosted by the Hallmark Chanel and top-tier celebrities.

Best of all the event brings much needed focus to these hero dogs and the work they do, as well as raises funds for nonprofits like ours. Below is the link to submit your Hero Dog. It’s fast and easy. Also below is more detail about the event.

I won’t be shy in asking that if you do submit, please select Project Paws Alive as your Charity Partner. The Charity Partner of the winning Hero Dogs receive a donation from the American Humane Association to assist with our causes. Project Paws Alive is a nationwide nonprofit that provides protective K9 equipment to underfunded Law Enforcement, Fire/Arson, Search & Rescue, and Military K9 Units nationwide. For more information on us please visit our website at https://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

Hero Dog Nomination Link: http://herodogawards.org/nominate/
Hero Dog “About Us” Page: http://herodogawards.org/about-us/
Hero Dog Judges: http://herodogawards.org/judges/

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® are an annual, nationwide competition that searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or simply providing the tail-wagging welcome a pet owner relishes at the end of a hard day. Dogs compete in eight different categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement Dogs, Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Guide/Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs who do extraordinary things). The Hero Dog Awards celebrate the powerful, age-old bond between dogs and people – and give recognition to courageous acts of heroism performed by our four-legged best friends.

After voting by the American public, winners in each category are flown to Hollywood with their human friends to attend the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards® gala in Los Angeles. There they walk the red carpet, are recognized in video tributes, receive their Hero Dog category award statue and mingle with celebrities, both two-legged and four-legged! The 2016 American Hero Dog will then be announced to the world.

 

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Pets in Paulding County Benefit from Project Paws Alive Donation

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Fire Department to Carry Oxygen Masks Designed for Cats & Dogs

Hiram, Georgia – Today Paulding County Fire & Rescue announced it has received a generous donation of pet oxygen masks from Project Paws Alive. This includes enough supplies to outfit every emergency response vehicle in the county. The masks are specially designed to fit pets, and they will be used for resuscitation after a dog or cat is rescued from a fire.

According to Mrs. Lois Diehl, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, “I couldn’t be happier how this will facilitate life-saving equipment for the pets of Paulding County. As well, I couldn’t be more pleased at how receptive and willing Paulding Fire & Rescue was in working at every step of this fundraiser. There couldn’t be a better example of how our Fire department and local residents have joined together to bring an important service to our community.”

635870598176402734-chihuahua2Chief Joey Pelfrey added, “It is amazing to see such generosity and hard work among citizens in Paulding County. We are gratified to receive this donation and look forward to adding pet oxygen masks to our other emergency medical equipment. Thanks especially to Mrs. Diehl for making this a reality.”

On Saturday, February 6th, 2016 at 2:00pm there will be a brief ceremony recognizing all of the donors and to officially place the masks in service. The program will be held at Paulding County Fire Station #2, located at 535 Seaboard Avenue in Hiram, and is open to the public.

About Project Paws Alive: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and our mission is to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and first aid field trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K-9s throughout the United States. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations to provide lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies. We maintain a waitlist for assistance. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information please visit their web site at: http://projectpawsalive.org/

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Press release by Paulding County Fire & Rescue http://paulding.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4925

Paulding County Fire & Rescue Contact: Steve Mapes Public Information Officer 678-383-3416 steve.mapes@paulding.gov

Two dogs saved by donated Pet Oxygen Mask kit from Project Paws Alive

IMG_5105b“On 12/30/2015 at 7:25am, the York City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire.  Crews arrived on the scene to find heavy fire showing from two homes and rapidly spreading.  Crews found the occupant who advised everyone was out but his two dogs were still inside.

As crews worked to extinguish the fire, they also searched for and found two Chihuahuas inside the home.  The dogs were removed, one appeared to be alright and the other was in sever distress.  The dog was limp and barley breathing.  Crews grabbed the pet resuscitation mask from Engine 99-2 and along with crews from White Rose Ambulance administrated high flow oxygen.  After approximately 10 minutes of care, the dogs started to respond.

Both dogs were transported to a local emergency veterinarian.  Both dogs have fully recovered and have been reunited with the owner”. –  Chief David Michaels

Watch the video below to view a kit donated by Project Paws Alive being used recently to save two dogs.

Direct video link can also be accessed here if you experience browser issues: http://www.local21news.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/People-dogs-narrowly-escape-York-row-home-fire-246633.shtml)

Incident Photos.

Picture credits: Department of Fire/Rescue Services City of York, D. Weissman York Dispatch,  Ted Czech – Daily Record/Sunday News

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Join Project Paws Alive in our mission to provide all first responder agencies with these life saving
Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Kits.

We rely solely on donations to provide these kits.

Please consider donating today at http://tinyurl.com/PetO2kits

 

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K9 Fire Hero Dogs are also available for purchase in our store.

Eagle Scout Project for Rock Hill, SC Police K-9

Troop 277. Matthew Weaving, a Life Scout in Troop 277 of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina has begun his Eagle Scout Project. Matthew, with the help of his troop will construct a K-9 Kennel for a new Rock Hill Police K-9 officer and his new bloodhound partner. The kennel will consist of a 12 ft. by 12 ft. concrete pad with a 10 ft. by 10 ft. welded wire kennel, a large dog house, and a metal roofed shelter over the entire kennel. Donations of materials still leave the necessity of raising $500 to see this project completed.Zvu3y_AuSt_6

Weaving has teamed up with nationwide 501(c)3 nonprofit Project Paws Alive to accept donations to help complete the project. Since 2012 Project Paws Alive has provided equipment, training, and other vital items to underfunded law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K9s nationwide. All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the donations will go directly to the Rock Hill Police K9 Kennel project by Life Scout in Troop 277 under the leadership of Matthew Weaving.

SC-RockhillPD-K92Online donations can be made by selecting our secure DONATE link: http://tinyurl.com/ow9jqtr

Donations can also be mailed to our office and a receipt will be provided to you.  Please make all checks payable to:  Project Paws Alive, Inc.,  1911 Grayson Highway,  Suite 8 – 158, Grayson, GA 30017 and please note in the memo section “Troop 277”.


####About: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and our mission is to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and first aid field trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K-9s throughout the United States. We rely solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies. We maintain a waitlist for assistance. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about Project Paws Alive please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

 

Giving Tuesday – Helping Working K9s

GT-K9What is #GivingTuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two shopping days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Please join us and be a part of a new nationwide movement to draw awareness to nonprofits.

Today we ask you to consider purchasing one of our K9 Hero Dogs or making a donation to help provide vital protective equipment to Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, and Military K-9s. K9 Units are typically classified as non-essential teams and therefore receive little or no budget. Many are run solely on donations received from nonprofits such as ours, and many of them cannot accept direct donations. They rely on us for items such as K9 first aid kits, bullet and stab-protective K9 vests, K9 cooling vests, K9 heat alarms and more.

Picture1K9 Hero Dogs can be purchased directly on our PPA Shop page and are tax-deductible.

Donations can be made online via our Donate buttons or mailed to our office at Project Paws Alive, 1911 Grayson Highway, Suite 8-158, Grayson, GA 30017.  All donations are tax-deductible as we are registered 501c3 nonprofit and we do participate in corporate matching and grant campaigns.

For other ways to join us, volunteer or help please see our “How You Can Help” page.

On behalf of the Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, and Military K-9s benefiting from your support, I wish to extend my sincerest appreciation and invite you to stay connected with us to watch how your contributions are having life-saving effects on the working K9s in your community.

Best Regards,Lakota Kit

Cheryl Allen, President
Project Paws Alive

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Gwinnett County Police K-9 Unit Fundraiser at Gwinnett Center Pet Expo

10325536_423731231097162_3590583253400747778_nProject Paws Alive, a local nonprofit, is hosting a fundraiser for the Gwinnett County Police K-9 Unit during the Atlanta Pet Expo at the Gwinnett Center. The Police K9s will be at the Project Paws Alive booth throughout the day and a special K-9 unit demo will take center stage.

Donations will be accepted at the Project Paws Alive booth and there will be various fundraiser items available from t-shirts to stuffed police dogs, as well as several raffles for gift baskets sponsored by Kong Dog Toys, Pooch N Paws Pet Boutique, and Taj Ma Hound Pet Bakery.

The purpose of the fundraiser is to purchase protective equipment for the K9s including; custom K-9 bullet & stab-protective vests, specialized K-9 first aid field trauma kits, and military-grade K9 cooling vests. The Gwinnett County Police K-9 Unit consists of 10 K-9s along with their officer handlers who serve on both the patrol and SWAT units. The K-9s specialize in narcotics, tracking, detection, and patrol work.

The fundraising event will be held at the Project Paws Alive booth during the Atlanta Pet Expo at the Gwinnett Center located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097 on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10am to 6pm. Admission and parking are free. Pets are permitted and there will be entertainment, contests, food, and activities throughout the day as well as over 100 additional pet related vendors in attendance. The event is indoors and is climate controlled.

K-9 Units are typically classified as non-essential or specialty units and therefore do not often have the ability to purchase these costly items. The majority of public service agencies cannot accept direct donations. Project Paws Alive accepts donations and fundraises to provide vital K-9 equipment to agencies in need. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to provide this protective K9 equipment to all the K-9s on the unit.

GwinnettK9GACan’t attend the event, but would like to support the fundraiser? Tax deductible donations are welcome via our website at www.ProjectPawsAlive.org or can be mailed to Project Paws Alive Inc. at 1911 Grayson Hwy, #8-158, Grayson, GA 30017.

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Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a Georgia based 501c3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer run and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement, fire, military, and search & rescue K9 units nationwide. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. We maintain a nationwide waitlist for this equipment. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about Project Paws Alive please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

 

K9 Kai; Hero Dog Awards Finalist – Please Vote!

Arson Dog Kai : From Animal Shelter to Red Carpet

davis_kaiIt’s a Cinderella story. Abandoned by her family in 2009 in McLean County, IL a stray Labrador retriever named Ellie – and later renamed Kai – dug determinedly through a large box of toys, looking for the tennis ball and ignoring the rest of the toys.

That single-minded focus saved her life.

An employee of the Humane Society of Central Illinois contracted a trainer, who assessed Kai’s skills. In April 2010, Kai entered the State Farm® Arson Dog Program and after four weeks of training with her handler, Justin Davis, they were a certified accelerant detection canine team. Kai is trained to find miniscule traces of flammable liquids within minutes and seconds.

784x2048To date, she has worked 200 fire- and bomb-related investigations across San Antonio and Bexar County in Texas. In addition to a regular caseload, she accompanies her handler Justin Davis on local appearances about fire safety to local schools and at college level forensic classes.

Today, the accelerant detection canine has been voted one of eight finalists in the American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards contest. Sponsored by State Farm, Kai and her handler will represent the Arson Dog category at the Hero Dog Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Sept. 27. There they will walk the red carpet, conduct VIP interviews, and attend the star-studded awards show and black-tie gala where the winning 2014 American Hero Dog will be chosen.

Quite a comeback for an abandoned pet!

8132964107_3ab2cf5bbf_o“This year’s slate of hero dogs represents the best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Their remarkable stories of valor deserve recognition at the highest level, and we are privileged to honor their accomplishments once a year in this national forum.”

Davis also praised his canine companion.

“I feel like, since she was from a shelter rescue, she’s a perfect example of what a shelter dog can accomplish if given the right opportunity,” Davis said.

8132996680_63e0573b0a_oTheir relationship goes beyond investigating charred scenes. At the end of the day, Kai makes the trip home with Davis where she’s a treasured member of his family.

All eight finalists will win $1,500 for their chosen charity. Kai’s charity is Project Paws Alive, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides life-saving protective K9 equipment to units nationwide that cannot otherwise afford it. The top winner wins an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Show your support for our Arson Dog program by voting for Kai to help determine which heroic hound will be named this year’s  American Hero Dog. The public is invited to submit one vote per day through Sept. 15 at http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242.

 

Please vote daily through September 15, 2014 at
http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit Fundraiser

Project Paws Alive has kicked-off its fundraising effort to provide vital equipment for the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit based in Snow Hill, MD. The equipment needed for the unit consists of K-9 Field Trauma Kits and K-9 Cooling Vests.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of 6 K-9s along with their officer handlers. The K-9s specialize in patrol, crowd protection, explosives detection, narcotics, tracking, and area/ building searches.

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.

K-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.

Distribution 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. A majority of these units are funded solely by donations.

Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today. Our goal is to raise $4000 to provide this vital equipment.  All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.

You may make a donation by using the secure PayPal link HERE.

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.

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About: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that is 100% volunteer based and our mission is to provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and first aid field trauma kits to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K-9s throughout the United States. We rely solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies. We maintain a waitlist for assistance. All donations are tax-deductible.

Help PPA win a $25k Grant for Police K9s from FedEx

Project Paws Alive has been selected as a nominee for a $25,000 grant from FedEx. Voting is going on now.

Vote for “Project Paws Alive” to help us win one of ten small business grants from FedEx, including the $25,000 grand prize. You may vote once daily.

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Project Paws Alive will used the funds to purchase vital K9 protective equipment such as bullet and stab-protective K9 vests, K9 first aid kits, and other essential K9 equipment for Law Enforcement, Fire, Search and Rescue, and Military K9 units who cannot otherwise afford it.

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