Buchanan County’s K9 has been awarded a grant from a national organization.
The Sheriff’s Office canine officer, Koda, has been named a recipient of the “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” Grant by a group called Vested Interest in K9s.
Vested Interest in K9s is a nationwide charity located in Massacusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. The non-profit is continuing their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program in 2021, which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated over $169,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
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. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy will cover illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies.
Koda from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was one of seven canines across the country selected for this year’s “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” Grant.
photo courtesy of Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office