Alaska K9 Center holds fundraiser to help secure protective vests for law enforcement dogs

The event, now in its eleventh year, is taking place at the Alaska K-9 Center on Badger Road.
The event, now in its eleventh year, is taking place at the Alaska K-9 Center on Badger Road.(Alex Bengel/KTVF)
Published: Sep. 12, 2022 at 7:58 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Saturday, September 10, marked day one of a fundraising effort to raise funds for protective vests for K-9 dogs used by law enforcement.

The event, now in its eleventh year, took place at the Alaska K-9 Center on Badger Road.

Hosted by the Alaska K-9 Center, funds raised by the efforts of food trucks, vendors, a silent auction and dog walks went to the nonprofit Vested Interest in K-9s, which provides vests that protect the dogs of law enforcement against bullets and stab attempts.

Beth Frank with the Alaska K9 Center spoke about the vests being sought, saying, “They’ve been redesigned so they’re lighter weight. They’re not the old ones that a lot of the old-time officers remember. The dogs don’t mind wearing them and they are bullet and stab resistant. Unfortunately, sometimes there’s places that aren’t covered, and there’s K-9s out there every day, and officers every day that are being killed, and anything that helps them, I will do what I can.”

The event continued to Sunday, September 11 and was very successful in raising funds for protective vests for the K-9 dogs. 4700 vests have been provided since the formation of the nonprofit, Vested Interest in K-9s.

For more information about the Alaska K-9 Center visit their Facebook page.