Police K9s are incredible animals that take on so many tasks that humans just can’t do. They have the ability to detect explosive devices, narcotics, weapons, track fugitives and locate missing persons. These tasks often put the dogs in dangerous and potentially life threatening situations. In fact, the police K9s typically face a greater risk than their human counterparts since they are often sent in ahead to investigate dangerous situations. However, unlike the human officers, these K9s are not issued ballistic vests.
Sadly, most law enforcement agencies don’t have the funds to purchase protective gear for their canine members. Smaller police departments can barely afford their K9 officers, let alone ballistic vests for each of them. In fact, many agencies are prohibited from allocating funds for purchase of equipment that is not for human use.
Brady Snakovsky got the idea for his vest nonprofit in 2018 while he was watching A&E’s Live PD. The 8-year-old learned that most local police departments can’t afford the necessary, but expensive equipment. Working with his mother, Leah, the duo set up a GoFundMe account and started spreading the word. Today, the fund has grown and provided hundreds of life-saving ballistic vests to dogs across the country.
But Brady can’t do it alone. He needs your help—today—to equip these hard-working animals so that they and their human partners can come home safe together.