COTTAGE GROVE — The Cottage Grove Police Department and nonprofit Keeping K-9s in Kevlar have launched a joint initiative to secure a bullet-resistant vest for K-9 Ripp, law enforcement team member.
With limited budgetary resources, law enforcement departments often rely on non-profit organizations to acquire the necessary equipment to protect their K-9 officers. Recognizing this need, Keeping K-9s in Kevlar is raising community funds to provide a bullet-resistant vest for K-9 Ripp.
Nonprofits are how most departments receive K-9 Kevlar vests: K-9 Ripp’s daily responsibilities encompass many tasks, including pursuing the most violent offenders, taking narcotics off the streets, article search, area search, and building search.
The bullet-resistant vest, priced at $2,784, provides K-9 Ripp protection against stabbings, shrapnel, and handgun bullets. Fundraising is continuous to ensure a Kevlar vest is purchased for K-9 Ripp.
The nonprofit seeks community heroes to help support this fundraiser through donations.
To donate: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar raises community funds through PayPal or bit.ly/3GJa8We. K-9 Ripp will receive 100% donations to fund his vest. If donations exceed that total after the campaign ends, funds will roll over to the next K9 needing assistance. Checks can be sent to: Keeping K-9s in Kevlar, 3901 Airport Way, Bellingham, WA 98226.