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.
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
Grayson, GA 30017
Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive.
Project Paws Alive Director Cheryl Allen may be reached directly at 770.714.7994 or Cheryl@ProjectPawsAlive.org .
Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a 501c non-profit charity 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 volunteers do not get paid and 100% of all donations go towards the equipment. Project Paws Alive’s dual 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 vital equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests and trauma kits to law enforcement and military K-9s throughout the United States.