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No K9 Left Behind

To provide K9 stab & bulletproof vests and other vital K9 protective equipment to underfunded Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, and Military K9 units nationwide who cannot otherwise afford it.

Project Paws Alive was established in 2012 when co-founders combined their federal and state law enforcement backgrounds to address a nationwide working K9 protection gap. Influenced by their time working with the FBI’s FTTTF (Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force) and State of Georgia Law Enforcement Agencies, they combined their love of dogs with first-hand experience to create Project Paws Alive; a nationwide nonprofit that provides protective equipment to Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, and Military K9 Units throughout the United States.

Prompted by several law enforcement K9 deaths in one year that could have been prevented if the K9s had been wearing protective ballistic vests on duty, they conducted extensive research and found that almost all first responders do not have the funds or budget approvals to afford such expensive equipment. In many instances agencies are prohibited from spending budget funds to purchase equipment that is “not for use by humans”.

Due to budget cuts and other economic issues, 92% of all K9 units are run solely on donations. In almost all cases, the handlers must personally pay for their K9 partner’s needs which include medical, food, grooming, training, yearly certifications, and K9 safety equipment such as K9 protective vests, K9 First Aid kits, K9 cooling vests, K9 vehicle heat alarms, etc. Most people assume that because the K9 is an officer of the agency then the K9 must, therefore, get all the equipment it needs to be protected and that the agency pays for all its expenses. This assumption is entirely false.

The sole purpose is to raise funds to provide agencies in need with protective K9 equipment. Current equipment includes but is not limited to; K9 ballistic protective vests (stab & bulletproof combo vests), K9 first aid field trauma kits, K9 cooling vests, K9 Narcan kits, K9 vehicle heat alarm systems with “No K9 Left Behind” technology, K9 working dog protective boots, and specialized Pet Oxygen Recovery Mask kits.

Because these items are highly specialized, state-of-the-art, and “best available” professional equipment, these items are quite costly. Many of them are “Military Grade” to ensure the best possible quality and are proven to last for years. There is a belief in quality over quantity when lives are at stake. Therefore, all equipment provided by Project Paws Alive is professionally made by licensed companies that exceed all state and federal regulations and are purchased directly from the manufacturer.

The advisory board is constantly evaluating the equipment, quality, and tactical level out in the field to ensure the provision of the best available equipment that can be purchased. The best feedback comes directly from those using the equipment on a daily basis throughout the country. Because the Advisory Board will never have a manufacturer representative on it, a truly unbiased approach is maintained to the equipment provided.

We encourage you to find out more information regarding this cause by going to PROJECT PAWS ALIVE