With an entire Canine Unit’s vests in disrepair, Hinsdale Humane Society is reaching out to the community to raise at least $850 needed to purchase one of these lifesaving dog vests.
The Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) is appealing to its community members to donate funds toward the purchase of one or more new bulletproof vests for Chicago Police Dogs in need.
Officers of the Chicago Police Department are expected to purchase their own protective vests, and so too are their four-legged partners. Commanding officer Victor Guerrieri, of Chicago Police Canine Unit 341, is in the process of replacing all of the Unit’s seven-year old bulletproof vests for its 21 canine team members.
After holding a fundraiser on September 14, 2013, Guerrieri and his team raised enough funds to replace ten vests for the 18 German Shepherds (like Kodyr pictured here) and three Labrador Retrievers in the Unit. One more was donated after the event from an individual who saw a Facebook post, and sent in the funds to cover the entire cost of one more new vest. Ten vests are still needed at this point.
“These very special dogs are trained to serve and protect us,” said Lori Halligan, Executive Director of the Hinsdale Humane Society. “Now it’s our turn to protect them.”
With the current vests worn out and past their warranty, HHS is appealing to community members to raise at least another $850, so these service dogs will be kept safe in the high-risk situations they encounter.
To support a special service animal in need, donations can be made one of three ways: visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org, click on “Donate Now” in the upper right corner, and designate “K9 Vest Donation”; call us at 630.323.5630 with a Visa or MasterCard donation; visit us at the shelter and donate in person, or purchase a Paws for a Cause tag in our lobby in $1, $5, and $10 amounts. Proceeds from the tags will go toward the purchase of vests.
The Hinsdale Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. We advocate education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect. We are a voice for companion animals who are dependent on people for their care and believe they are entitled to our respect and protection.
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