Nominations open for 2019 Hero Dog Awards

Hero Dog Awards

Dog lovers and pup parents get ready, because the day we’ve all been waiting for is here. Nominations for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Zoetis Petcare, are now open!

From our nation’s devoted military working dogs, to therapy dogs who showcase the power of the people-animal bond, to the forgiving and resilient shelter dogs who pay it forward after being given a second chance…tell us why YOUR dog deserves the title of 2019 American Hero Dog!

Nominations are open until February 28, 2019 at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. All seven category winners will be featured at the star studded Hero Dog Awards gala in Hollywood this fall and in a two-hour national television special on Hallmark Channel!

Click this link to submit your nomination and be sure to select Project Paws Alive as your Charity Partner  

Project Paws Alive K9

VCA Animal Hospitals donates $20,000 to Project Paws Alive for Police K9s

VCA Ohio Region C7 & Specialty Hospitals Region CS4 collected donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online. The campaign raised just over $20,000 to support Project Paws Alive who is dedicated to providing protective K9 safety equipment to underfunded Law Enforcement K9s units nationwide. This donation will enable Project Paws Alive to continue our important work in communities, protecting law enforcement K9s with such items as bulletproof vests, military grade first aid kits with narcan, specialized cooling vests, and hot n’pop vehicle heat alarm systems.

“A donation of this size is significant for us,” commented Cheryl Allen, President at Project Paws Alive. “It costs $1,400 per vest, $350 per first aid kit, and at least $6,000 for a complete vehicle heat alarm system and the nationwide demand for equipment by underfunded K9 units is much higher than the supply of funds so this donation will absolutely go to good use.”

About VCA Animal Hospitals

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 525 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, visit

About Project Paws Alive

Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a nationwide 501c (3) charity whose mission is provide vital K9 equipment such as stab & bullet protective vests, first aid field trauma kits, cooling vests, and heat alarms to law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and military K9s throughout the United States. For more information on Project Paws Alive or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit

Martin County Sheriffs Office K9 Fundraiser

Project Paws Alive has kicked off a fundraiser for K9 Grim of the Martin County (KY) Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

K9 Grim needs a K9 vehicle transport system, a vehicle alert system, and a K9 first aid kit to help keep him safe while he’s on duty.

The K9 Heat Alarm units monitor and alert on vital components including temperature, vehicle battery voltage, engine stall, and include a door-popper system. This system not only makes automatic corrective actions to the heat such as opening windows and turning on fans, it audibly and visually alerts everyone nearby. As a last measure, the system will open the vehicle door allowing the K9 to exit. From beginning to end the officer is alerted via horns, sirens, lights and digital transmitters worn on their person. The unit also includes a cold temp alert should the vehicle temp drop below a set degree for year-round K9 protection.

Systems also include the “No K9 Left Behind” feature which is exclusive to Ace K9 systems and provides an end of shift system monitor which will alert and continue to alert until the door to the K9 has been fully opened to release the K9 and the officer has acknowledged the release of the K9. Thus providing yet another layer of safety to protect against distractions and other instances where a K9 may be accidentally left in a vehicle at the end of shift.

The AceWatchDog application is a another feature of the system that allows 24/7 live system monitoring on smartphones and enables multiple resources such as other handlers and supervisors to monitor the system and receive notifications via their phone to ensure the utmost peace of mind that the K9 is safe.

The K9 vehicle transport system is an insert that is welded from forged steel and welded into the vehicle to provide a safe and secure area for the K9 to travel in. Havis’ award winning K9 inserts are custom designed for each vehicle they serve. These canine vehicle inserts offer rounded corners, large side openings for improved K9 entry and exit as well as easier access for cleaning. Inserts have overhead dome lights, rubber mats, water bowl holders, and integrate with the vehicle’s heat and air system for maximum comfort. K9s are able to stand up, stretch out, or lay down with plenty of room and height; providing for a comfortable and safe ride. The aluminum insert protects the K9s in cases of crash, flip, or roll over. Havis inserts also integrate with ACE K9 technology systems to combine for the best K9 system available.

The Tactical K9 First Aid Field Trauma Kit is military-grade and designed for use by Law Enforcement, Military, Fire, EMS, and Search & Rescue K9 Units. This kit contains specific supplies needed to treat the K-9 for injuries ranging from gunshot and knife wounds to snake bites. The kit provides the necessary tools to address the major traumatic injuries common to K9’s operating in the military and law enforcement environment as well as common K9 emergencies such as bloat, heat injury, and toxic ingestion.

K9 teams face substantial risks on a daily basis. These dogs have been punched, stabbed, poisoned and shot by fleeing suspects. 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 K9 tactical first aid trauma kits for use in the field can make a huge difference. Distribution of these kits gives the handlers the means to do just that. In addition, everything in the kit can also be used to treat humans.

Please help K9 Grim’s fundraiser by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Our goal is to raise $8,000 to provide and install this vital equipment.

Online donations can be made using the donate button below.






Checks can also be mailed to:

Project Paws Alive
1193 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd.
Suite 289
Port Saint Lucie, FL 30017

Please make all checks payable to Project Paws Alive and include “MCSO K9 GRIM” in the memo line.

About: Project Paws Alive, Inc. is a nationwide 501c3 nonprofit that is 100% volunteer run. Our mission is to provide protective K9 equipment to underfunded law enforcement, fire, rescue and military K9 units throughout the United States. For more information please visit

HELP US WIN $7,500!

HELP US WIN $7,500!

PAWS UP! K9 Kano is a semifinalist in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards who has chosen Project Paws Alive to be their charity partner.

You can vote for K9 Kano each day through July 11, 2018 to help us win up to $7,500!



Kano is a 1 year old, Red Nose Pitbull. Kano is very much a large puppy still. Kano is the FIRST Pit Bull Police K9 in the state of Kansas. Kano is a single purpose detection K9. Kano is trained to locate Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, and Ecstasy. Kano is a rescue from Negras, Mexico. Kano was rescued by Animal Farm Foundation and Universal K9. Kano was named Kano based on a character from Mortal Kombat based on his facial markings. Kano and the dogs in the Universal K9 program were invited to the ICMA conference. ICMA is the largest annual event in the world for local government managers and staff. Leaders from all over the country were at this conference and could watch these dogs work. Since being on the street, Kano has assisted with 3 drug offenses. Including approximately 8 grams of Methamphetamine, $7,500 worth of Marijuana, and Paraphernalia. Kano has not only been helping get drugs off of the street but also showing a positive role for the Pitbull breed walking through the school, and retirement home. Kano is the true meaning of “Street Dog to Police Dog” a phase used by Universal K9 Director Brad Croft. These dogs are not only rescued from shelters but they rescue their handlers as well! Kano was photographed prior to leaving training by Ivey Photography. Kano and the other dogs in the program will be on the cover of “K9 Cop” magazine