Press Release for Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Kinne, Director of Business Development
1185 Chestnut St, Newton, MA 02464
617-964-0453 x 22(p) 617-243-3982(f)

September 8, 2011 

Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog, Inc. is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to provide bullet-protective vests for Massachusetts police dogs. With donations raised this year from their quarterly nail clipping fundraiser, Especially for Pets has helped to provide vests for four canines.


Each quarter, a different local non-profit organization is chosen to receive customer donations when their pets’ nails are clipped at any Especially for Pets’ seven store locations. For the second quarter of this year, $7,312 was raised. The funds been used for the following K-9 bullet proof vests: K9 Beny, Partner of Officer Corey Peladeau, Westford Police Dept.; and at Middlesex County Sheriff's Department: K9 Mik, Partner of Officer. Mike Kelley ; K9 Bruno, Partner of Officer. John Crowley, and K9 Euro, Partner of Officer Rick Viera. K9s Beny and Mik serve on the area SWAT team, and received specialized SWAT K9 vests ($2400 each). K9s Bruno and Euro received a regular patrol K9 vest ($1,006 each).

Kathy Hinds, President, expressed her gratitude: “We're thrilled to work with Especially for Pets and their generous customers once again (combined nail trimming efforts in 2001 also vested four other Middlesex County Sheriff's Dept K9s!).  It's such a pleasure to walk into an Especially for Pets store and be greeted by warm and enthusiastic staff - and your bonus four-footed staffers, too!  Your customers have been equally enthusiastic and supportive.  We are so grateful, as are the K-9 handlers, who are so very appreciative of these vests, to protect their incredibly brave K-9 partners!”

The remaining funds will be put toward another K9 vest. All these K9 vests are bullet/stab-protective, and will also protect K9s against blunt force trauma from being kicked, punched, or struck with an object, like a bat. Massachusetts Vest A Dog- Bulletproof K9 vests range from $735 - $2400 (vests vary with the type of work of the K9).   Since 2000, because of generous support from donors and tireless efforts of our volunteers, Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog is proud to have provided almost 300 vests to Massachusetts law enforcement agencies, including local police departments, county sheriff’s departments, State Police, Department of Corrections, MBTA Transit Police, Environmental Police, Department of Developmental Services, USAF – Hanscom AFB, USCG – Gloucester & Hull.

Especially for Pets, Inc., established in 1988, is a Massachusetts pet food and supply company with stores located in Acton, Canton, Medway, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland and Westborough. Dedicated to responsible pet care, they offer only pet friendly products and services. Services include grooming, dog training, and educational seminars addressing all aspects of pet care. They also serve as a resource for pet adoption and rescue services. For more information, visit