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.

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.

Zeke nominated for national dog hero award; Project Paws Alive donates vests for city police dogs

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Harrisburg police K-9 Zeke has been nominated for The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Zeke, a Harrisburg police dog, was shot by a fleeing crime suspect in Lower Paxton Twp. Following a chase, police shot and killed Skyler Stewart.

The annual national competition, according to the website, recognizes America’s hero dogs. Dogs can be nominated in one of eight categories – law enforcement and arson dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs, military dogs, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, hearing dogs and emerging hero dogs.

Zeke was nominated in the law enforcement category.

Finalists in each category will be selected by the public via online voting, and following the announcement of the eight finalists, the public and a special blue-ribbon celebrity judging panel will have the chance to name the top American Hero Dog of 2013.

Every finalist will be presented with an award ad $1,500 for a selected charity partner. In addition, one finalist will be named the winning American Hero Dog for 2013, securing an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Zeke’s charity partner is Project Paws Alive, a national nonprofit headquartered in Georgia, that has secured new, custom-made bullet and stab proof vets for Zeke and the three other Harrisburg police dogs as well as the Lower Allen Township dog, Rocco.

Karen Caprio of Project Paws Alive said her organization was alerted to Zeke’s situation the day it happened.

Project Paws Alive’s purpose, she said, is to provide law enforcement and military K-9s with K-9 ballistic vests, K-9 cooling vests, K-9 trauma kits, and K-9 vehicle heat alarms and to also provide Fire/EMS first responders with pet oxygen mask kits.

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The K-9 protective vests are bullet and stab proof.Provided photo

Caprio said Project Paws Alive is donating K-9 ballistic vests (bullet and stab proof) and trauma kits to Harrisburg’s four dogs and one to Lower Allen Township’s K-9, Rocco.

Caprio said the vests are custom-made to fit each dog.

“We believe law enforcement K-9s deserve the same protection as their human partners so we’ve elected to go with the best vests as chosen by our law enforcement board of directors. As such the custom vests are $1,400 each,” Caprio said.

The K-9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit, Caprio said, can handle everything in the field from a snake bite to a gunshot wound. Each kit is $350 and each K-9 will get their own kit.

Caprio said she contacted Zeke’s handler, Cpl. Ty Meik, and learned that vests used in Harrisburg were “ill-fitting hand-me-downs.”

Project Paws decided to get the new equipment and began selling K-9 Zeke Hero plush dogs to help raise money for the K-9 team.

Caprio said Nye’s Landscape & Mulch Sales of Harrisburg volunteered to pay for two of the vests while Nestle Purina of Harrisburg helped to pay for the other two.

“People from all over the country donated to fund the remaining vest and trauma kits and by the end of the week $9,000 worth of K-9 equipment had been paid for,” Caprio said. And, sales of the  Zeke Hero dogs have raised a little more than $1,000 in cash that will go to the Harrisburg K-9 unit.

PPA_Logo_rgb_72dpiVoting for the Hero Dog Award ends July 30. Vote for Zeke online.

The Georgia State Animal Facility for Emergencies Center (S.A.F.E. Center) Pet Oxygen Mask kits campaign is fully funded!

 

The Georgia State Animal Facility for Emergencies Center (S.A.F.E. Center) is the nation’s first permanent evacuation center for animals which recently opened its doors at Fort Valley State University. The 7,800-square-foot facility contains 105 dog cages, 84 cat cages, stalls for 30 horses plus pastures available for livestock. The facility is intended to temporarily house animals rescued from large-scale abuse cases, natural disasters, terrorist attack, as well as household pets whose owners are fleeing due to emergency evacuations.

The Oxygen Mask Kits to be presented by Project Paws Alive for the S.A.F.E. Center are the highest end kit available. The kit comes with 3 different size masks that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more. These durable polycarbonate masks feature dual vents and a rubber mounted 22mm oxygen adapter enabling unrestricted inhalation and exhalation of air. These specially designed animal masks can be used for multiple uses including surgeries, and on both conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.

Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today. Our goal is to raise $1,000.

You may donate directly by clicking here, or clicking on the “Donate” button to the right.

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.

 

Update 4/15/13: This campaign is now fully funded! Project Paws Alive maintains a waitlist for Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask kits nationwide from various agencies. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help save the lives of animals in need of assistance from First Responders. To donate, please select the “Donate” but to the top right.

K-9 Zeke Hero Dog Fundraiser

Project Paws Alive has launched a Hero Dog fundraiser for K-9 Zeke of the Harrisburg, PA Police department who was shot on 3/15/13 while assisting with a call in Lower Paxton Township. K-9 Zeke has been recovering from surgery to remove a bullet in his neck, but stands out as an amazing K-9 Hero for saving the lives of the other officers the day he was shot. Today with the support of K-9 Zeke’s handler Cpl. Ty Meik, PPA has launched a K-9 Zeke Hero Dog fundraiser with the pre-sale of K-9 Zeke Hero Dogs. To read the full story or purchase a K-9 Hero dog please click here.

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Analytical Forensic Associates Joins Project Paws Alive to Vest Snellville PD K-9s.

Lilburn based Analytical Forensic Associates becomes a Gold Sponsor with Project Paws Alive to provide protective ballistic vests and field trauma kits to K-9s Coop and Duko of the Snellville Police Department. Analytical Forensic Associates’ major sponsorship combined with general donation funds through Project Paws Alive will provide the lifesaving body armor retailing for $1400 each and the vests will be embroidered with the respective K-9’s name.

All vests donated by Project Paws Alive meet current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) ballistic regulations. All vests are bullet-proof and stab-proof and are NIJ level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection. These vests help protect the K-9s from gun shots, stabbings, 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. Project Paws Alive purchases the vests at cost from local supplier, Uniform Sales of America (www.uniform-sales.com), located in Lithia Springs, Georgia which provides and ships the vests.

The K-9 First Aid Field Trauma Kits are designed for use by Law Enforcement K-9 and EMS Search & Rescue K-9 Units. The kits donated contain specific supplies needed to treat the dog for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to insect bites.

While emergency care is readily available to the police officer, the same cannot be said of 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 first aid trauma kit for use in the field can make a huge difference.

A vest presentation for the K-9 officers will be scheduled in 6-8 weeks when the custom-tailored vests are ready. The presentation will be open to the public and supporters are encouraged to attend.

About Analytical Forensic Associates:

Analytical Forensic Associates is a forensic laboratory specializing in the analysis of forensic evidence to determine if ignitable liquids, explosive residue, organic vegetables and lubricating oils are present in samples. The company primarily services fire investigators and cases involving insurance fraud. Principal/Laboratory Director, Laurel V. Mason, F-ABC, may be contacted directly at 770-982-0210 or via their website at www.afalabs.com.

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About Project Paws Alive:

Project Paws Alive Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that is all volunteer based, and raises funds to purchase life-saving equipment for law enforcement and first responder agencies primarily in Georgia, and throughout the Southeast when applicable.  Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. 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 to law enforcement K-9s.

K9’s without a vest or with an expired vest are eligible to be added to the organization’s waiting list.

Project Paws Alive currently has a list of 11 police dogs needing vests.

To make a tax deductible donation, volunteer, or obtain more information about our organization please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

        

 

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Project Paws Alive will be at the Atlanta Pet Expo tomorrow from 10am to 6pm!

Atlanta Pet Expo

Saturday, October 27th

Gwinnett Center

Free Parking & Admission

More details HERE

As most of you know, we are currently trying to raise funds to vest three local law enforcement K-9s.

Your donations are much-needed and greatly appreciated.

We will also have these cute little K-9 heroes for sale at the Expo!

They make great holiday gifts!

 

We hope to see you there!

Police K-9 Nina needs a protective vest, Please donate!

Help Police K-9 Nina get a protective vest. Donate now!

Project Paws Alive, a local non-profit organization, has kicked-off its fundraising effort to provide a ballistic vest for Police K-9 Nina with the City of Porterdale Police Department.

Lt Cripps and K-9 Nina

The K-9 ballistic protective vests are bulletproof and stab-proof. These vests are cut from the same Kevlar® bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs.

Each body armor vest donated by Project Paws Alive is custom manufactured in order to fit the body shape and size of each K-9 police dog. The vests are designed so that the police dogs 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.

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

All vests donated by Project Paws Alive meet current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 06 ballistic regulations. All vests are bullet-proof and stab-proof and are NIJ level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection. These vests help protect the K-9s from gun shots, stabbings, 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.

Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

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

Hero K-9s are also available for purchase on our website and all proceeds go towards purchasing the K-9 vests needed for the City of Porterdale and the City of Snellville K-9s: http://projectpawsalive.org/k-9-heroes-fundraiser/

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 Georgia non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement and first responder agencies primarily in Georgia, and throughout the Southeast when applicable. Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. 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 to law enforcement K-9s. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about our organization please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

Texas Firefighters Resuscitate Dog with Specialized Mask

ABC News’ Joshua Gardner reports: Firefighters’ bravery and rescue skills are well-documented, and few emergencies are beyond their expertise, even when it comes to pumping life into the family dog. The Arlington Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire in north Arlington,…

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Retired Fort Jackson K-9 wins Hero Dog award – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

Retired Fort Jackson K-9 wins Hero Dog award – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |.