Project Paws Alive, a non-profit organization, is conducting a fundraising effort to provide vital equipment for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit based in Augusta, GA. The equipment needed for the unit consists of K-9 Ballistic Vests, K-9 Field Trauma kits, and K-9 Cooling Vests.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of 10 K-9s along with their officer handlers. The K-9s specialize in explosives detection, narcotics, tracking, and area/ building searches. Three of the K-9s are former Marine K-9s who served in Afghanistan.
The K-9 ballistic protective vests are bullet-proof and stab-proof containing level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection which exceeds the current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 06 regulations. These vests are cut from the same Kevlar® bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs. 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.
Each K-9 body armor vest donated by Project Paws Alive is custom manufactured using the latest technology and materials in order to fit the body shape and size of each K-9 officer. The vests are designed so that the K-9s 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.
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.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation or becoming a sponsor today. $10,000 is still needed to reach our goal.
You may donate directly on the Project Paws Alive website: https://projectpawsalive.org/donate/ .
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.