Welcome to Project Paws Alive

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are in need of volunteers, donations, supplies and support. We rely solely on donations to provide lifesaving equipment to law enforcement K-9s and pet oxygen recovery masks to first responder agencies.

The Project Paws Alive Mission: To help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specialized pet oxygen recovery mask kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests to law enforcement and military K-9s nationwide.


Project Paws Alive was started when the founders heard about a series of Police K-9 deaths that could have been prevented if the K-9s had been wearing protective ballistic vests while on duty. In the same week, local news covered a house fire in a neighboring town wherein the family pets’ lives were saved only due to pet oxygen masks that were donated to the local fire house.

In conducting extensive research, we found that almost all government-run first responder agencies (police, sheriff, fire, EMT, rescue, etc.) do not have the funds to cover such equipment. In almost every instance these agencies are prohibited from spending funds to cover equipment that is not “for use by humans”.

Being life-long pet owners, we were struck by the lack of such equipment for domestic pet emergencies. We couldn’t imagine losing one of our own pets to smoke inhalation just because our fire department didn’t have the proper oxygen mask kits designed to specifically fit pets.

Similarly, we believe all Law Enforcement and Military K-9s should be afforded the same lifesaving protection as their human partners.  These highly trained K-9s dutifully protect us every day and we believe they should be protected in return.

Our purpose is to raise funds to provide agencies in need with the equipment they need: K-9 protective vests, K-9 first aid field trauma kits, K-9 cooling vests, and Pet Oxygen Mask kits.  Because these items are highly specialized state-of-the-art and “best available” equipment, these items are quite costly. Each protective vest costs between $1100 – $1400 depending on the size of the K-9 and any required agency equipment requirements, oxygen mask kits are over $150, K-9 field trauma kits are $350, and K-9 cooling vests are $200. These costs are not achievable by the limited budgets of many agencies. This is why we need YOUR support to help provide this vital equipment. Your donation is an investment in your community.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation is 100% tax-deductible and receipts are provided for all donation amounts. No donation is too small, and certainly no donation is too large! There are over 400 agencies nationwide currently requesting this type of equipment and the wait list grows every day. Please consider making a donation to Project Paws Alive. You will be making an investment in a truly worthy cause.

If you are unable to make a monetary donation, please consider supporting us through an alternate method of helping by attending one of our fundraising events or by clicking on our “How You Can Help” tab above.

We greatly appreciate your support.

The Project Paws Alive Team