Centralia Police Department K9 Samson is among the recipients of a “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant from a national organization.
Vested Interest in K9s is a nationwide charity based in East Taunton, Massachusetts, with a mission to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The nonprofit is continuing its “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program, which covers annual policy premiums. Since 2016, the charity has donated over $173,000 toward medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
In addition to Samson, Centralia K9 Pax was also previously announced as a recipient of the grant.
According to Vested Interest in K9s, the “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant is awarded to departments that have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, have no more than three K9s and have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Law enforcement dogs ages 2 through 7 are eligible.
The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, will cover illnesses, injuries — including those sustained in the line of duty — diagnostic testing and therapies.
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, offers injury and illness coverage for working and service dogs — both on and off duty.
“For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners and working dog owners peace of mind so they can focus on their dog’s recovery, not financial stress,” according to a news release from Vested Interest in K9s. “Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care.”