‘Haxo’ receives grant funds
Every police officer should have an insurance policy – including K-9 officers like Haxo, the first K-9 officer to serve Butler County Community College. .
The German Shepherd joined Butler’s police team in April 2020 and spent his time learning the trade as he patrolled Butler’s field with Lt. Tim Harder.
When Harder’s remaining GI Bill benefits were about to expire, he found a way to donate $ 18,700 to Butler Community College to secure a new partner.
More donations followed – one for a tactical / protective vest for Haxo, and now, one for a health insurance policy to protect the K-9 officer.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) national charitable organization located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bulletproof and stabbing vests and other assistance to forces dogs order and related agencies across the United States. The nonprofit is pleased to continue its “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2021, which covers annual premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated over $ 178,000 for medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
The 2021 winners selected to date are: Butler Community College Department of Public Safety, KS, K9 Haxo; Farmington, Illinois Police Department, K9 Koala; Allen Park Police Department, Michigan K9 Enzo; Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas, K9 Atlas and K9 Storm; McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia, K9 Azra; Allen Hospital-Unity Point Health, Iowa, K9 Riggs; Pendleton, Oregon Police Department, K9 Bali; Beebe, Arkansas, K9 Kona Police Department; Southern Regional Police Department, Pennsylvania K9 Ransom; Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Maine, K9 Jazz; Ferris, TX Police Department, K9 Fuse; Groton, Massachusetts Police Department, K9 Bane; Centralia Police Department, Washington, K9 Pax; Postville, Iowa Police Department, K9 Xena; Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa, K9 Koda; Sharon, PA Police Department, K9 Orion; Soap Lake Police Department, Washington, K9 Billy; Glasford, Illinois Police Department, K9 Bear; Western Union Police Department, Iowa, K9 Koda; Hebron, Indiana Police Department, K9 Bane; Geneva County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama, K9 Apache.
The Healthcare for K9 Heroes grant is awarded to departments that are financially responsible for raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three K9s, and who have already received a vest through Vested Interest. in K9s, Inc. Police dogs between the ages of two and seven are eligible. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, will cover illnesses, injuries – including those suffered in the line of duty – diagnostic tests and therapy. 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, provides injury and illness coverage for working and service dogs, both on and off duty. For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet 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 medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care.
In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided more than 4,275 law enforcement dogs with custom made, US-made bulletproof vests and vests. certified by the National Institute of Justice, by the NIJ in 50 states, valued at over $ 6.9 million. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted by mail to: Interest Earned in K9s, Inc. PO Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via website: www.vik9s.org.
The same organization, Vested Interest in K9s, provided funds for a tactical and protective vest last year. K9 Haxo is one of over 4,100 dogs to receive body armor from Vested Interest.
Harder spent two months in 2020 training Haxo at American K-9 Ban in Virginia. He lived in a dormitory and spent his days making Haxo a narcotics officer, finishing the intensive program in June. Haxo is now trained on six types of drugs.