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K-9 Armor
77 Van Ness Ave STE 101, San Francisco, CA 94102

K-9 ARMOR accepts donations to give FREE bulletproof vests to CA police dogs

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Help us protect those who protect you

No K9 left behind!

K9 Armor dual Spike and Ballistic Level IIA and Level IIIA vests

We don't make the vest, we get the best vest for the best cost to offer the Officers a choice of three manufacturers, all custom-made in the USA. Choose from Level III-A ballistic by Point Blank Body Armor in Florida, and Ray Allen Manufacturing in Colorado, dual Spike and Ballistic Level III-A, and K9 Tactical Gear in Rocklin, CA for their lighter Spike and Ballistic Level II-A. We negotiated the same reduced cost of $1400 for the vest for all three models.

K9 Tactical Gear

Thank you Susan Forbes, Owner of K9 Tactical Gear for giving us such a great discount to help us give the most vests. Their amazing design of stab and bulletproof Level II-A panels allows the K9 to wear for long periods. Made of Kevlar® all our K-9 Armor vests are made to NIJ (National Institute of Justice) standard for police officers, fitted to each dog including patches for their department. The vital organs are all protected by three spikeproof and bulletproof panels. She lowered the price from retail $1800 to $1400 as a special charity price for us and includes the giant spreader hook for lowering from a helicopter.

Bourdon Forge Spreader Snap Hook for lowering from a helicopter included with K9 Armor dual ballistic-spikeproof vest

K9 Armor by K9 Tactical Gear dual Spike and Ballistic Level 2 vest

Banner Uniform

Thanks to Frank Skubal, President of Banner Uniform, who purchased Banner Uniform from Jason Worth. Thank you Banner Uniform and Point Blank Body Armor for helping us protect all the police dogs of California. Banner Uniform sells the Level III-A bulletproof vests to us for just above wholesale, to help us put your hard-earned donations to provide the best quality at the best price. We pay $1400 plus tax and delivery for a bulletproof and vest worth $2000 to the departments.

Suzanne Saunders, K-9 Armor Co-Founder, Treasurer and Webdiva thanks Jason Worth, Banner UniformBanner Uniform Logo

Suzanne Saunders, K-9 Armor Co-Founder, Treasurer and Webdiva thanks Jason Worth, former President of Banner Uniform for these K-9 Armor bulletproof vests.

K-9 Armor stab and bulletproof vests cut from the same Kevlar® bulletproof cloth as their human partners, covering all the vital organs. Ask any K9 Handler, are you wearing Kevlar®? They will answer "yes," and if their K9 is wearing K-9 Armor, they wear the same level of protection.

 

 

Help us raise $1400 plus tax and shipping for each new K-9 ARMOR vest we buy with your tax-deductible donations.

Each K-9 Armor vest is made of the same material that protects two-legged members of law enforcement. We custom-fit each K-9 Armor vest so the bulletproof parts cover the vital organs.

K-9 Armor vests are made of Kevlar® stab and bulletproof panels and custom-fit to each dog, donated FREE to CA law enforcement dogs.

 

 

 

1. K-9 Armor promises 100 percent of your tax-deductible donations go only to bulletproof k9 vests for police dogs, no other purpose.

2. K-9 Armor qualifies as the only California State Non-Profit Public Benefit Charity 501(c)(3) dedicated to bulletproof vests for police dogs. Public Benefit means we do not exclude, we do not require membership, and we are exempt from paying income tax to the IRS who sponsors us as the only Charity dedicated to this purpose.

W receive no benefit and make no profit in protecting every law enforcement dog in California. Those who make a profit from K9's include the sale of the police dog at $10,000, to training the police dog another $10,000, to specially-cooled vehicles over $10,000, medical care and food and supplies. Some organizations exclude anyone outside of membership required by K9 Associations. We thank many of the K9 Associations on our Sponsors page who brought people to us, so we could protect their K9 Heroes.

3. K-9 Armor promises all our vests meet the NIJ (National Institute of Justice) Standard for stab and ballistic vests. This is the same standard as their handler as mandated by the Agency that oversees the standard for all law enforcement in the United States.

4. K-9 Armor vests protect all the vital organs, made by K9 Tactical Gear in Rocklin, California and by Point Blank Body Armor in Florida, with three panels of Kevlar®.

5. We believe all the police dogs deserve nothing less than their handler, nothing less than K-9 Armor!

Our Articles of Incorporation, allow you to sponsor a particular police dog for the cost of a whole vest to protect the police dog of your choice. Donations are applied to every law enforcement dog in California without exclusion, or preference we love them all and when you support K-9 Armor you can be proud we will protect all of them.

 

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How to know if a Charity if legitimate? Check the Registry above on the California Attorney General site, search for K-9 Armor in Corporations.

This verifies our taxes are filed every year with the IRS and with the State of California and that we were incorporated on 07-08-09 (July 8, 2009).

K-9 Armor is the official, California registered tax-deductible, non-profit public benefit charity approved by the California Secretary of State and Attorney General's Office, the Dept. of Justice, the CA Franchise Tax Board and Federal IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, for the purpose of raising public funds to supply bulletproof K-9 Armor vests to the brave, beautiful police dogs of California.

K-9 Armor accepts donations from the public to protect California law enforcement dogs. Every time we raise the cost of a vest we purchase a Kevlar® K-9 Armor vest and give it FREE to another California law enforcement dog. Most police departments and law enforcement agencies do not budget for bulletproof vests for their K-9's. Every two-legged Officer and member of law enforcement who carries a gun, receives a bulletproof vest and we believe their four-legged partners deserve the same protection. These brave, beautiful dogs risk their lives to protect us, help us protect them with your tax-deductible donations.

K-9 Armor started in September 2003 partnering with the Marin County Sheriff's Office until 2009 when we ended our partnership, and with their encouragement and guidance, obtained the honorable status of State Charity.

July 8, 2009 (7/8/9), we obtained the 501(c)(3) status as a Non Profit Public Benefit Charity for the State of California, protecting California Law Enforcement Canines with Bulletproof K9 Vests, relying on donations to K-9 Armor.

K-9 Armor stands alone, as the sole Non Profit Public Benefit Charity that donates 100 percent of our time and funds only to bulletproof vests for every law enforcement dog in California. The IRS explains it, they don't like to approve multiple charities in the same place raising money for the same thing. One of the questions on their Application wants to know if there is a Charity already performing the work you propose, why exactly can't you work with the existing organization instead of taking funds away from those who depend on Charity?

The current K-9 Armor Board of Directors

K-9 Armor President Deputy Daniel Marrett

Deputy Marrett and Verona, Federal ATF amd Marin County Sheriff K-9 Team K-9 Armor President Deputy Daniel Marrett is a retired Federal ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) Explosives Detection and Marin County Sheriff K-9 Handler, with over 30 years of experience. His K9 Verona received the first K-9 Armor vest in 2004
K-9 Armor President Deputy Daniel Marrett is a retired Federal ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) Explosives Detection and Marin County Sheriff K-9 Handler, with over 30 years of experience. His K9 Verona received the first K-9 Armor vest in 2004 and he became our president in 2009 when we had five years of tax returns to become a 501(c)(3) public benefit charity. Daniel lives in North Carolina with his former ATF K9 Terry, pet pug Bruno, wife Glenda (also ret Deputy) and son Brian. He is a realtor with Home Coach Realty.

K9 Armor Vice President Corporal Jeff Hurd and partner K9 Waylon

Riverside Sheriff K9 Assoc Pres and K9 Armor VP Corporal Jeff Hurd and K9 Waylon
K-9 Armor Vice President, Riverside County Sheriff Corporal Jeffrey Hurd is also RSO K9 Association President and the Master K9 Trainer for their K9 Team. Jeff worked with his former partner K9 Baron from 2009 until Baron retired and is partnered with his new K9 Waylon who needs a K9 Armor vest, on patrol for the City of San Jacinto from April 2019. After five years of inviting us to their K9 Trials since 2014, we have the honor of Jeff accepting role as Vice President of K-9 Armor in 2019 and we are honored for his support in protecting the brave Riverside K9 Heroes in loving memory of San Jacinto PD K9 Sultan, killed in action 01-21-2015. Read about Sultan's sacrifice on our Memorials Page.

K-9 Armor Cofounder, Secretary, Treasurer and Webdiva, Suzanne Saunders

Suzanne Saunders at California Animal Emergency Response System training at UC Davis Memorial to fallen K-9 police dogs.
K-9 Armor Cofounder, Secretary, Treasurer and Webdiva, Suzanne Saunders, volunteer EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) with the Medical Reserve Corps and Hands-Only CPR Instructor. Suzanne is the only full-time member of the board, dedicated to K9 Armor. 20 years of experience as IT Specialist at ComputerLand, Autodesk and Wells Fargo Bank, she brings project management, web design, and service delivery manager skills to managing our web site, donations, and sponsor relationships. A California native, she loves police dogs and is devoted to protecting the K9 Heroes who protect us. Suzanne is our web site administrator for K9Armor.com and Facebook admin www.facebook.com/k9armor and Twitter, www.twitter.com/k9armor and Instagram, www.instagram.com/k9armor. Suzanne is also Treasurer and submits the tax returns every year to the California Secretary of State, Office of Attorney General and Francise Tax Board and the IRS. Contact Suzanne on Suzanne's personal facebook page or on LinkedIn.

K-9 Armor Board Member Anaheim PD Officer Brett Klevos

Anaheim PD Officer Brett Klevos, OCPCA President and K9 Armor board member with K9 Kylo wearing his K9 Armor vest giving hugs to Suzanne Saunders
K-9 Armor Board Member Anaheim PD Officer Brett Klevos, OCPCA President, Orange County Police Canine Association. Brett is an Anaheim Police Officer with his partner K9 Leo who wears a K9 Armor vest, Brett is responsible for six Anaheim PD K9 Heroes and President of OCPCA, oversees 60 police dogs and Military Working Dogs in Orange County. Brett accepted a position on the K9 Armor board in 2019, after inviting us to their K9 Benefit Show since 2011. Pictured above, Anaheim PD K9 Kylo and Officer Brett Klevos, OCPCA President and K9 Armor board member with K9 Kylo doing a demo for kids at Anaheim Albert Schweitzer Elementary who raised funds to give 2 K9 Armor vests.

All donations are 100 percent directed toward purchase of K-9 Armor vests.

Thanks also to Deputy Karen Wofford (ret) for helping direct our web site format and providing a link from the Marin County Deputy Sheriff's Association web site and helping direct us how to acheive our own 501(c)(3) for our tax-deductible status.

Click for big picture K9 Armor Co-Founders Sgt Mike Crain, Suzanne Saunders and Deputy Evan Hughes
Original Co-Founders, Marin County Sheriff Sgt Mike Crain (ret) and Suzanne Saunders, EMT with instructor for DARE to all the Marin County School kids, Deputy Evan Hughes, seen here in 2004 at the Marin County Fair.


 

Our costs include the vest plus sales tax and if donated online includes the 2.5% Paypal fee. All vests are custom made, measured in person. Cost includes shipping approx $50, some vests are delivered in person as we cover the whole state. We publish the actual receipts on our Sponsors page to show your donations are dedicated to each vest. We receive an incredible discount off the $1800 retail price plus tax listed by the manufacturers.

K9 Tactical Gear in Rocklin, CA and Banner Uniform Police Supply in San Francisco supply these Kevlar vests to us, for this incredible cost because they believe in our cause. We are the only public benefit charity dedicated only to providing free bulletproof vests without any exclusions, to all law enforcement dogs in California and 100 percent of the cost is covered by public donations.

Protect those who risk their lives to protect you,
with K-9 Armor!

K-9 ARMOR
77 Van Ness Ave STE 101, San Francisco, CA 94102

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Contact Suzanne Saunders: 415-265-9371



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