K-9 ballistic (protective) vests provided by Project Paws Alive are both 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 to fit the specific body shape of each individual K-9. The vests are custom fit to the measurements of the K-9’s neck, torso, and length from the base of the neck to their tail which affords maximum coverage in a newly redesigned vest weighing approximately 4lbs. The new vests also employ redesigned connection points enabling quicker donning/doffing (on/off).
The vests are designed so that the K-9s can wear the vests as long as needed without reducing their range of motion, tactical purpose, or speed . They offer outstanding ballistics with ease of movement, breathe-ability and cooling comfort in a rigorously field-tested vest. These vests allow the K-9s full range of motion and do not restrict or delay them in any way. The vests are military grade ballistic levels for maximum protection in the lightest weight vest available.
The vests are available in four-color selections which not only enable the K-9s to match their unit’s dress code, but in most cases also provides the K-9 a level of camouflage which is especially useful for tracking and apprehension work.
Many Law Enforcement/Military 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 use. There are hundreds of Law Enforcement and Military K-9s (MWDs) that need a ballistic vest nationwide.
All vests donated exceeds current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 06 ballistic regulations. The vests are both bullet-proof and stab-proof with NIJ level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection.
Each vest costs $1,400.
These vests help protect the K-9s from gun shots, stabbings, explosives, and blunt force trauma such as being kicked, punched, or beaten with a weapon or other dangerous object such as a bat or tire iron.
Fox News video: coverage on donated K9 ballistic vests by Project Paws Alive below.
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Click the Fox8 News video below to see the Johnstown, PA K-9 Unit demo their new ballistic K9 vests from PPA. The K9s train with the vests on and show off the newly redesigned vests which are lighter and quicker to put on when needed.
Small sampling of some of our other vested K9s made possible by donations: