BUCYRUS — K9 Nora from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a Healthcare for K9 Heroes Grant.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Officials from the non-profit agency said they’re pleased to continue their Healthcare for K9 Heroes medical insurance program for 2021, which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated more than $204,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Nora is one of 33 K9 officers across the United States to receive a Healthcare for K9 Heroes Grant in 2021. She is the only K9 officer from Ohio to be awarded the grant this year.
The Healthcare for K9 Heroes grant is awarded to departments who have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three K9s, and who have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Law enforcement dogs ages two through seven are eligible. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, will cover illnesses, injuries — including those sustained in the line of duty — diagnostic testing and therapies. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States.
Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, offers injury and illnesses coverage for working and service dogs — both on and off duty. For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners and working dog owners’ peace of mind so they can focus on their dog’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care.
In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,332 law enforcement dogs with U.S. made, custom-fitted, NIJ certified bullet and stab-protective vests in 50 states, at a value of over $6.9 million dollars.
For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Send tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718, or via the website: www.vik9s.org.
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