Donation Honors Memory of Retired Oak Park Officer, Supports Police Dog Mase

Project Paws Alive donates an AceK9 WatchDog System to K9 Mase in honor of Retired Oak Park Office Bill Shuttleworth.

Donation Honors Memory of Retired Oak Park Officer, Supports Police Dog Mase

Project Paws Alive Awarded Platinum Status by GuideStar

For Immediate Release

Organization Demonstrates Commitment to Transparency

Atlanta, GA – Project Paws Alive has received Platinum status on GuideStar, the premier nonprofit ranking website. The organization is now part of an elite tier of nonprofit organizations recognized for leading the way in social change by demonstrating a commitment to measuring progress and sharing results.

GuideStar Platinum is the highest ranking available, and it has only been achieved by a very select set of organizations. Achieving a Platinum Level Profile demonstrates Project Paws Alive’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

To reach the Platinum level, Project Paws Alive provided extensive information and in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.

“Reporting at the Platinum level will help demonstrate programmatic growth and transparency. We understand that donors have many choices when it comes to giving funds to support important causes, and we want everyone to know that Project Paws Alive uses all donations and sponsorships appropriately,” said Cheryl Allen, Project Paws Alive President & Co Founder.

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 K9s throughout the United States. We rely solely on donations to provide this lifesaving equipment to underfunded agencies.

About GuideStar: The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS and allows the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.


Contacts: Karen Caprio, Project Paws Alive, 770-837-9626

Update on donations received in honor of Sgt. Collin Rose

The family of Sgt. Rose publicly asked for donations to be made to Project Paws Alive in lieu of flowers or other gifts. While receiving donations we reached out to Chief Holt to propose providing K9 first aid kits embroidered with a dedication to Sgt Rose. It serves as a great token of remembrance to the K9 team he loved and will help make sure he is never forgotten.

In speaking with Chief Anthony Holt of the Wayne State University Police Department, the proposal was accepted based on the current donation total received. Three K9 First Aid Trauma kits ($350 each) were purchased earlier this week and will be embroidered with a memorial patch like the example shown, and then presented to Chief Holt and the three Wayne State K9 Officers. Details of the presentation will be forthcoming and we hope to have Sgt. Rose’s family present.

The K9 Tactical First Aid Field Trauma Kit is the most complete and versatile professional K9 first aid kit available and is military grade. The kit’s versatility makes it the perfect choice for all working K9s. This kit contains specific supplies needed to treat the dog for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to snake bites. It includes QuikClot Combat Guaze as recommended by the COTCCC (Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care), and is the only product carried by all branches of the US Military to control life-threatening hemorrhage and traumatic bleeding. Additionally all items in the kit can be used on humans if needed. For more information on the kits please visit our website.

Project Paws Alive is still accepting donations in honor of Sgt. Rose and will continue to use all donations to provide additional protective K9 equipment to the WSU K9 Unit.

All donations are tax-deductible.

If you’d like to make a donation, please use the donate button or click here to be redirected to our secure PayPal donation link.

If you are interested in sponsoring a specific K9 equipment item for the WSU K9 Unit or know a business or group that might like to be a sponsor please contact us at



In Memoriam: Officer Collin Rose

Officer Collin Rose, 29, a Wayne State University K9 Police officer, was shot in the head on 11/22/16 at approximately 6:45 p.m. while on patrol near campus and passed away on 11/23/16.  Rose was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars and SUVs, and was about to speak to someone apparently on a bike. Officer Rose called for back up at 6:31 p.m. Officers who arrived on the scene at 6:34 p.m. found the officer injured on the ground and transported him to Detroit Receiving Hospital. A woman who witnessed the shooting said it happened while Rose was attempting to apprehend someone and heard three shots. Officer Rose was trying to get him to put his arms behind his back. Rose left his two drug sniffing dogs in the vehicle, observing proper police procedure when he approached the suspect to question him. Officer Rose, was a  five-year veteran of the department. The station reported that a $5,000 reward was being offered for the recovery of the gun used in the shooting and was not shot with his own gun. His K9’s names were Clyde and Wolverine.

Deangelo L. Davis, 31, of Detroit is charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm, as well as being a habitual offender on 11/25/16. On 12/7/16 Prosecutors dropped charges against him in the killing of Wayne State University Officer Sgt. Collin Rose and eliminated as a suspect after a review of new evidence. A reward of $10,000 is being offered by the ATF for information that helps solve the case.

Officer Rose had previously served with the Richland Police Department. Officer Rose is survived by his fiancee’ and parents and siblings.

Officer Collin Rose – EOW: November 23, 2016.

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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.

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.

Snellville PD’s K-9s get protective equipment – Fox 5 Atlanta


Bullet proof vests are not only for police officers; they are also for the dogs who serve with them. The K-9 unit at Snellville’s police department got outfitted with the vests made for their four-legged counterparts on Tuesday.
Officer Phil Halladay has had his K9 partner, Duko, for a year now. “To have him there with me, knowing he would sacrifice his life for me is a great benefit,” Halladay said.

Duko now has his own life-saving protection. It’s hard to put on at times, but Officer Halladay turns it into a game, knowing the piece of equipment could save his dog’s life.
“You start building that bond with them, you live with them, you train with them, you feed them and take care of them, so knowing he has the same protection I do really helps my confidence in him and my confidence in what he can do for me,” Halladay.All four K-9’s at Snellville’s police department now have vests that are bulletproof and knife-proof.

Sgt. Will Collins says it’s a relief knowing that his partner now has protection too.
“He is a police officer and I couldn’t imagine what would happen…if I lost my dog, and how emotional that would be,” Collins said.

Project Paws Alive, the group that raised the money for the equipment, also gave each K-9 unit a trauma kit to treat everything from a gunshot wound to a snake bite.

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K-9 Zeke’s vest is fully funded!

K-9 Zeke’s vest is fully funded! You did it in an amazingly short period of time (48 hours) and we can’t say thank you enough to everyone who donated, shared, and posted on Zeke’s behalf. Now we have another goal that involves K-9 Zeke; he and the other K-9s on his PD K-9 Unit need K-9 Field Trauma Kits to keep them safe. We’ll have a dedicated link for trauma kit donations up shortly. Thank you all for supporting an amazing law enforcement K-9 Hero!
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