Ways to Support

Ways to Support2020-03-23T11:56:04-04:00

Protecting K9s is our priority!

Our K9 heroes protect us every day, asking nothing in return except love and care.

Click on one of the buttons below to see how you can contribute to our mission to get every K9 the protective gear and support they need!

Protecting K9s is our priority!

Our K9 heroes protect us every day, asking nothing in return except love and care.

Click on one of the buttons below to see how you can contribute to our mission to get every K9 the protective gear and support they need!

Donate Mandatory Required IRA Distribution2023-09-05T17:31:20-04:00

After years of contributing to tax-deferred 401(k)s and IRAs, income tax is due on that money when you take withdrawals in retirement. Annual withdrawals from traditional retirement accounts are required after age 73, and the penalty for skipping a required minimum distribution is 50% of the amount that should have been withdrawn. However, if you are in the fortunate position of not needing your distribution for living expenses and are charitably inclined, you can avoid income tax on your required withdrawal by donating your money directly to a qualifying charity.  Please talk to your financial advisor on how to donate your required minimum distribution to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Shop for Support2023-11-13T17:20:49-05:00

Our Amazon Wish List is a great way to show appreciation for our deserving, four-legged heroes. Click here to shop for much appreciated K9 gift items.

Another way to reward our K9s for their fearless efforts is by donating much needed training toys and treats from our  CHEWY Wish List .

Thin Blue Line USA donates 15% of profits on purchases for select pet items in their store.
Every qualifying purchase you make online can support our mission!  See all products on their website

Let your shopping make a difference! Join iGive today (for free) iGive.com

When you login & shop their 2,000+ stores (think Chewy, Walmart, Expedia and so many more), Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. earns donations! 

Shop the VIK9s Store2019-07-10T18:32:45-04:00

Get cool VIK9s logo gear, support our mission!

Give at Work2023-11-22T09:09:40-05:00

There are many ways you and your co-workers can support our mission!  Often times, the goal is to raise enough to sponsor a vest for one K9 in need = $985

Matching Gift
If your employer participates in a matching gift program, your company will match the contributions that you donate to a charitable organization.  Ask your employer for a matching gift form or complete it online if your employer has one.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and our EIN number is 27-0872182.

Hold a Workplace Fundraiser!
Get a committee formed and hold a fundraising day at the office.  Here’s a few ideas for easy and fun fundraisers to do at work:  Casual Day, Parking Spot Challenge, Cook Off…so many things you could do at work to raise funds for VIK9s!

Online Fundraising Page
Create an online fundraising page and allow people to give online!
VIK9s has set up peer-to-peer fundraising sites online for supporters.  Once your fundraising event proposal has been approved by us, we will set you up with a branded online fundraising page.

Planned Giving2019-11-04T15:18:13-05:00

When you include Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. in your will or other estate plans, you help us continue our mission to protect those four-legged heroes who protect us.

In preparing your will, estate plan, or living trust, it’s important that you give specific information to ensure your wishes are carried out.  To avoid confusion we suggest the inclusion of this specific language in your plans: “I give (specific amount of property, percentage, or residue) to Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718, for its general purposes to provide equipment and other support to law enforcement K9s nationwide.”

After you have included Vested Interest in K9’s in your estate plans, please let us know by submitting our Planned Giving Advisement Form online advising us of your plans.  If you or your estate planner have any questions, please contact us at info@vik9s.org.

If you prefer, download the Planned Giving Advisement Form and return to us at your convenience.

Become a VIK9s Volunteer2021-12-06T16:59:39-05:00

Volunteers are instrumental in helping to fulfill our mission!

Are you interested in making a difference for our law enforcement K9s? Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of fields including administrative, program-related tasks, professional photography, Social Media online promotion, graphic design.  A majority of the opportunities are remote (done from the comfort of your home).

Currently, we have the greatest need for volunteers to help process K9 Vest Applications and experienced Social Media Communications Specialists .

K9 Vest Application Reviewer is a remote position which requires a high degree of experience utilizing the internet and other technologies for communication such as email and text messaging. Other required experience:

  • Working with Google Sheets
  • Proficiency in spelling, grammar and data entry
  • Acute attention to detail.

Social Medial Communications Specialist is a remote position to cover one day per week, approximately 8 posts. The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of experience posting business content on social media platforms to include, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and Tiktok. Other required experience:

  • Able to demonstrate previous success in social media marketing
  •  Recognizes and is able to articulate the specific ways social advertising and marketing campaigns work to drive user engagement, increase brand affinity and create business opportunities.
  •   Stays abreast of current trends and changes in the social space  Strong collaboration skills, with ability to partner across functions
  •   Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies written style to meet needs
  •  Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, with attention to detail
  • Able to manage frequent change, delays, or unexpected events
  • Exhibits independent, effective problem solving techniques and abilitie

To get started volunteering, please click the button below to go to the secure volunteer application.

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteering with our organization requires your authorization to conduct a basic background check. This background check is provided through our partnership with SafeScreener.com and is necessary for the protection of our volunteers, our donors, and the K9’s we are here to protect.
Hold a Fundraiser for VIK9s2021-04-09T12:53:01-04:00

Proud Sponsor
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. (VIK9s) thanks you for your interest in becoming a Community Fundraiser and hosting a 3rd Party, independent fundraising event. From dog walks and lemonade stands, to casino nights and car shows, creative fundraising events such as yours are important in our efforts to raise funds and awareness to ensure America’s K9 officers have the protective gear and other services they need while protecting the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Community Fundraiser is a proud supporter of the VIK9s mission and wishes to hold their own, 3rd Party fundraising event to benefit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

All events must be approved by the VIK9s Board of Directors. Please read through the guidelines on page 4-7, complete and sign the VIK9s Community Fundraiser Event Guidelines and Event Proposal Form at least 30 days prior to your event and send it back to us for review. See the fundraiser ideas we have on page 8 of this document!

We do not authorize the use of our name or logo to advertise your fundraiser but we do offer a PROUD SUPPORTER logo to use once your form is reviewed and fundraiser is approved.

Yes! VIK9s has online, peer-to-peer fundraising sites set up for you to raise funds for VIK9s online! Once you submit your event form and it’s approved, we will help you set up your page and then you are ready to start fundraising! (Please note that using the online fundraising platform incurs payment processing fees of 2.9% + 30¢/transaction. This fee is deducted from the total amount raised before we receive the funds.) Online fundraising pages can only be used for online donations and stay open for a maximum of 30 days.

Ideas for Fun and Easy Events to Help Raise Funds for VIK9s!

  • SCHOOL-WIDE COIN DRIVE:   “Collections for K-9s” or “Coins for K-9s”
  • SKETCH & SIP: Gather friends, bring a beverage and make a painting all in one session.
  • GUESSING GAME: HOW MANY DOG TREATS ARE IN THE JAR? Same idea as ‘guess the number of jelly beans in the jar’, but use dog and / or cat treats. Enter a guess for $1 or 7 guesses for $5.  The closest guesser gets donated prizes.
  • K-9 APPRECIATION EVENT: invite a K-9 to do a demonstration…have your volunteers bring individually wrapped desserts, and 2-liter bottles of soda and cups. sell refreshments…hold a raffle…have photo’s with the K-9 team- charge $5.00 per photo (set limited hours, as per the handler’s indication on the dog’s ability to handle the photo sessions).
  • BOWL-A-THON: bowl 1-3 strings. sponsor a player’s scoring pins by a penny, nickle, dime, quarter, dollar! – or pledge flat fee.  Increase the odds:  ask the police officers to play against your fundraising team!
  • SKATING PARTY: ask skating rink to donate ice time..they get skate rental fees.  ask pizza parlor, others to donate food. fundraiser is skating fee admission, food proceeds)
  • MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM: a pet business (groomer, pet store, vet, etc) offers a matching gift…for all donations for Vested Interest in K9s received at their business during a specified time period (ie: a month or two), they match up to a maximum match of $XXX (ie: $735 or ?)
  • DEDICATION WALL OF SHEPHERDS: Have cutouts of  german shepherds, for $1.00 donation, the shepherd goes on the wall or window of the business…donors are encouraged to write a dedication on the cut-out (ie; in honor of____, in loving memory of____, Happy Birthday _____, etc.)
  • BLANKET THE WALLS WITH LOVE: the same as “dedication Wall of Shepherds” (above), but use heart-shaped cutouts.
  • IDENTIFICATION MICRO-CHIP IMPLANT DAY/VET CLINIC FUNDRAISER: all profits/percentage of profits are donated to Vested Interest in K9s
  • RESTAURANT PERCENT DONATION POTENTIAL: percentage donation potential from your local restaurants:  Papa Gino’s, Friendlys Ice Cream Shops, Uno’s, TGI Fridays, Applebee’s, etc.)
  • RUN A MARATHON:  Obtain pledges for the event to Vested Interests in K9s, Inc.
  • DRESS DOWN DAY: Give students or employees the option of wearing casual clothes outside of their usual dress code in exchange for a cash donation.
  • WORKPLACE MINI-GOLF: Turn your workplace into a miniature golf course by setting up greens that snake through the office. Include ramps and sand traps to tee up extra excitement. Set up foursomes. Award prizes for lowest score.
Become a Vest Sponsor2022-12-01T13:19:09-05:00

The best way to vest a K9 Officer. Become a sponsor today and help protect our K9 officers!

For a donation of $985, (*$1,006 for online donations) you can sponsor a protective vest for one K9 in need. As the donor, you have the option to choose one of seven pre-approved sentiments to be embroidered on the chest section of the K9’s vest. Donors interested in sponsoring a vest for a specific K9 in need, please contact us at 508-824-6978 to confirm that the department you wish us to earmark your sponsorship for is able to accept donated vest(s).

Make an Online Donation2019-09-18T18:59:35-04:00

Help support our mission with a one-time or recurring donation, of any amount.

Individual and monthly gifts other than the full donation amount of a vest sponsorship will be deposited into our general fund towards the next K9 in our queue.


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