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Donation Helps Outfit Two K-9 Officers as They Protect and Serve the Community


TEWKSBURY, Mass. – (October XX, 2011)Wellness® Natural Pet Food, the complete line of healthy, natural food and treats for dogs and cats made with carefully chosen, authentic ingredients, recently donated two bullet and stab protective K-9 vests to local law enforcement officers in Lanesboro, and Pittsfield., Mass.  Thanks to the donation, Officer Dwane Foisy, and his partner, German Shepherd, Raimo and Officer Jim Rathbun, and his partner, a Belgian Malinois, Reno, can now feel a bit safer when out in the field.


Partners since 2009, Officers Foisy and Raimo have already had the opportunity to test out the vest during a recent deployment to a potential crime scene.  The two typically work the overnight shift and live together when off-duty.  Officers Rathbun and Reno have been partners since March of 2010, and work the advanced narcotics beat.  They also live together when off-duty.  Both Foisy and Rathbun have had many more than 20 years’ experience with K-9 partners and trained extensively alongside their dogs to prepare them for the work in the field.


 “We are truly grateful for Wellness pet food’s support in helping us further our mission – to protect the K-9 officers who protect us,” said Sandy Marcal, president of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.  “It is through the generosity of others that we are able to continue to give back to our community.”


The donation was made by Wellness through the company’s WellPet Foundation®, which has a mission of giving back to the world we share with our pets by supporting organizations and activities dedicated to the well-being of dogs and cats.


Wellness has an unwavering commitment to provide the very best nutrition for dogs everywhere,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, senior manager, marketing communications for Wellness.  “These dedicated K-9 officers are out serving their community each day and we are proud to help make their jobs a bit safer.”


For more information about Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc. or to make a donation, visit or find them on Facebook ( and Twitter (!/VIK9s).


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About Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is an all volunteer 501c(3) non profit organization based out of East Taunton, Mass.  Their mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.  Their services include providing K-9s with their initial vest upon graduation from the training academy and vest replacement when the initial one is out of date.  The non-profit is able to purchase the vests, which are at a retail cost of $2,200 for a discounted price of $1,006 and all vests have a warranty of 5 years.  In most instances, a working dog will require two vests during their career.  In 2011, Vested Interest in K-9s has provided 57 police dogs with the potentially life saving body armor.  They maintain a waiting list and law enforcement officers in need of a vest for their K-9 partners are welcome to contact the organization at 508-824-6978 or



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