K9 Kai; Hero Dog Awards Finalist – Please Vote!

Arson Dog Kai : From Animal Shelter to Red Carpet

davis_kaiIt’s a Cinderella story. Abandoned by her family in 2009 in McLean County, IL a stray Labrador retriever named Ellie – and later renamed Kai – dug determinedly through a large box of toys, looking for the tennis ball and ignoring the rest of the toys.

That single-minded focus saved her life.

An employee of the Humane Society of Central Illinois contracted a trainer, who assessed Kai’s skills. In April 2010, Kai entered the State Farm® Arson Dog Program and after four weeks of training with her handler, Justin Davis, they were a certified accelerant detection canine team. Kai is trained to find miniscule traces of flammable liquids within minutes and seconds.

784x2048To date, she has worked 200 fire- and bomb-related investigations across San Antonio and Bexar County in Texas. In addition to a regular caseload, she accompanies her handler Justin Davis on local appearances about fire safety to local schools and at college level forensic classes.

Today, the accelerant detection canine has been voted one of eight finalists in the American Humane Society Hero Dog Awards contest. Sponsored by State Farm, Kai and her handler will represent the Arson Dog category at the Hero Dog Awards gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Sept. 27. There they will walk the red carpet, conduct VIP interviews, and attend the star-studded awards show and black-tie gala where the winning 2014 American Hero Dog will be chosen.

Quite a comeback for an abandoned pet!

8132964107_3ab2cf5bbf_o“This year’s slate of hero dogs represents the best of our best friends,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “Their remarkable stories of valor deserve recognition at the highest level, and we are privileged to honor their accomplishments once a year in this national forum.”

Davis also praised his canine companion.

“I feel like, since she was from a shelter rescue, she’s a perfect example of what a shelter dog can accomplish if given the right opportunity,” Davis said.

8132996680_63e0573b0a_oTheir relationship goes beyond investigating charred scenes. At the end of the day, Kai makes the trip home with Davis where she’s a treasured member of his family.

All eight finalists will win $1,500 for their chosen charity. Kai’s charity is Project Paws Alive, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides life-saving protective K9 equipment to units nationwide that cannot otherwise afford it. The top winner wins an additional $5,000 for their charity partner.

Show your support for our Arson Dog program by voting for Kai to help determine which heroic hound will be named this year’s  American Hero Dog. The public is invited to submit one vote per day through Sept. 15 at http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242.

 

Please vote daily through September 15, 2014 at
http://www.herodogawards.org/vote/?nominee=89247242

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Project Paws Alive will be at the Atlanta Pet Expo tomorrow from 10am to 6pm!

Atlanta Pet Expo

Saturday, October 27th

Gwinnett Center

Free Parking & Admission

More details HERE

As most of you know, we are currently trying to raise funds to vest three local law enforcement K-9s.

Your donations are much-needed and greatly appreciated.

We will also have these cute little K-9 heroes for sale at the Expo!

They make great holiday gifts!

 

We hope to see you there!

Fundraising to Vest Snellville Police K-9s is on!

HELP SAVE A LOCAL POLICE K-9 BY DONATING NOW!

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release October 12, 2012 11:00am EST

Project Paws Alive, a local non-profit organization, has kicked-off its fundraising effort to provide ballistic vests for Police K-9s with the City of Snellville Police Department.

The K-9 ballistic protective vests are 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 in order to fit the body shape and size of each K-9 police dog. The vests are designed so that the police dogs 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.

Many Law Enforcement 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 officer use.

All vests donated by Project Paws Alive meet current National Institute of Justice (NIJ) 06 ballistic regulations. All vests are bullet-proof and stab-proof and are NIJ level IIA ballistic protection and level III spike protection. 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.

Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor today. Our goal is to raise $5,000.

You may donate directly on the Project Paws Alive website: https://projectpawsalive.org/donate/ .

Hero K-9s are also available for purchase on our website and all proceeds go towards purchasing the K-9 vests needed for the City of Snellville and the City of Porterdale K-9s: https://projectpawsalive.org/k-9-heroes-fundraiser/

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.

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About

Project Paws Alive Inc. is a Georgia non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer based, and raises funds to donate life-saving equipment to law enforcement and first responder agencies primarily in Georgia, and throughout the Southeast when applicable.  Project Paws Alive relies solely on donations and sponsors to provide the lifesaving equipment that agencies cannot afford. Our mission is to help public safety officials and first responders save the lives of domestic pets with specially designed pet oxygen mask recovery kits, and to provide stab & bullet proof protective vests to law enforcement K-9s. To donate, volunteer, or obtain more information about our organization please visit http://www.ProjectPawsAlive.org

 

Sneak Peek!

 

PRE-SALE STARTS FRIDAY!

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

Paws In The Park Kennesaw

Last Saturday Project Paws Alive was at alive and well at Paws In The Park Kennesaw!

It was a beautiful day for a great event and we enjoyed meeting lots of new people and pups!

Even a few kitties too!

Here is our booth!

There were party favors for all the pups!

Lots of nice visitors!

 

And a Parade!

 

There were also some pretty cute but tired visitors at our booth!

You can also view additional pictures on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Hint: You must be signed in to Facebook to view the pictures.

It was truly a wonderful event and we would like to thank everyone for their donations.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

 

K-9 Protective Ballistic Vests

K-9 protective vest are bulletproof and stab-proof. These vests are cut from the same Kevlar® bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs.

Welcome to Project Paws Alive

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.

Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask Kits

Losing a pet due to a house fire  or toxic fumes can be a devastating experience. Unlike humans who instinctively run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect them from the fire. Far too many pets die each year of smoke asphyxiation. While firemen attempt to get pets safely out of burning structures, they are not able to revive them unless they have the proper equipment — pet oxygen masks. These specially designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.