Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog Inc

Protecting the Dogs Who Protect Us

JANESVILLE, WI   |  http://www.wivestadog.org/

Mission

Started in 2005 Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog is a non-profit, tax deductible organization endorsed by the Wisconsin Veterinary Association. The goal of the VEST-A-DOG program is to provide a bullet proof and stab proof vest for every police dog in Wisconsin. The vests are the only protection these K-9 officers have until their human partners arrive on the scene. Every donation is used for the purchase and shipping of vests and other protective equipment.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Donna Morgan

Main address

4459 ROCKINGHAM DR

JANESVILLE, WI 53546 USA

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EIN

26-1119979

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Provide bullet proof and stab proof vests to every police dog in WI

Over the last 15 years we’ve provided bullet & stab proof vests for every K-9 in the State of Wisconsin, but the vests are only good for 5 years. We’re continuing to vest dogs as departments are purchasing more and more K-9’s. We will also be continuing to give replacement vests to K-9s as their vests wear out and their warranty expires.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

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Supporting K9 units in law enforcement throughout WI by providing bullet proof/stab proof ballistic vests, First Aid kits for units, and heat sensory devices for vehicles to protect the lives of our K9 officers. Educate the public on the needs for such equipment for the dogs used by law enforcement in the pursuit of public safety.

Ongoing fundraising to raise capital to purchase safety equipment such as billet proof/stab proof ballistic vests for K9 offices, supplies for First Aid kits, and heat sensory systems to be provided to local Law Enforcement to protect K9 officers.

Fundraising efforts include table events at various animal, dog, and local events to interact with the public and solicit donations. Soliciting donations via our website and partner donation programs such as workplace matching and Amazon Smile. Partnering with local retailers to feature our non-profit throughout cashier solicitation of donations and in store events featuring our volunteers.

Educate the public on the need for such equipment by providing demonstrations at table events and local events featuring law enforcement in tandem with local K9 Officers and their partners to drive awareness at events.

WI Vest-a-Dog has a core group of volunteers experienced in presenting at local events, running table events, interacting with the public to solicit donations in a variety of settings. We have several annual events we participate in for the purpose of raising funds for K9 safety equipment and existing relationships with local retailers that include annual fundraisers for our non-profit in their stores in South Central WI.

We maintain a relationship with several members of local Law Enforcement and partner with local handlers and K9 Officers to provide demonstrations of safety equipment at public events to drive awareness of our program and solicit donations to support our work.

Our original goal of vesting every law enforcement dog in WI was achieved in 2012 but our mission continues as we still need to vest every newly acquired K9 Officer and replace all vests as warranties expire every five years. We have successfully protected almost 600 dogs with stab proof/bullet proof ballistic vests, provided dozens of First Aid Kits to officers, along with heat sensory systems to smaller departments without the means of purchasing that equipment directly for the K9 vehicles.

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Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/14/2021
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Board chair

Donna Morgan

WI Vest-A-Dog, Inc.

Term: 2007 -

Scott Timm

Laurie Hoesly

Organizational demographics

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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