K-9 ARMOR® dual
Spike and Ballistic vests made of Kevlar®
K-9 ARMOR® has a registered trademark
as a charity with the purpose of giving bulletproof vests
to California police
We don't make the vest, we buy the best vest for the
the Officers a vest worth $2000 retail at no cost, thanks
to donations by the public.
We promise our vests are custom-made in the USA of the
same material as their human partner certified by the
NIJ (National Institute of Justice). Custom-fit for maximum
mobility as you can see demonstrated by our Vice President,
Corporal Jeffrey Hurd and Riverside Sheriff K9 Yanik
wearing his K-9 ARMOR vest.
K9 Tactical Gear
Thank you Susan and Bill Forbes, Owners 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 2 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,
each dog including patches for their department. The
vital organs are all protected by six spikeproof
and bulletproof panels making the total level of protection
Level 4 in each section over each of the vital organs.
Hugs from Susan Forbes owner of K9 Tactical Gear with
K9 Yeti and K9 Armor cofounder Suzanne Saunders
lowered the price from retail $1800 plus tax to $1400
us and includes the giant spreader hook for lowering
from a helicopter.
Our bulletproof vests are made
same Kevlar® bulletproof material as their human
partners, covering all the vital organs. Ask any K9
Handler in California, are you wearing Kevlar®?
They will answer "yes," and
if their K9 is wearing K-9 Armor®, they wear the
same level of protection.
K-9 Armor promises 100 percent of your tax-deductible
donations go only to bulletproof k9 vests for police
dogs, no other
2. K-9 Armor qualifies as the only California
State Non-Profit Public Benefit Charity 501(c)(3) dedicated
vests for police dogs. Public Benefit means we do not
exclude, we do not require membership, and we are exempt
income tax to the IRS who sponsors us as the only Charity
dedicated to this purpose.
We receive no benefit and make no profit
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
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
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.
K-9 Armor vests protect all the vital organs, made
by K9 Tactical Gear in Rocklin, California with six
panels of Kevlar®.
5. We believe all the police dogs deserve
nothing less than their handler, nothing less than
Our Articles of Incorporation, allow you to
sponsor a particular police dog for the cost of a whole
to protect the police dog of your choice. Donations
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.
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
by the California Secretary of
State and Attorney General's Office, the Dept. of Justice,
CA Franchise Tax Board and Federal
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
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 this vest free to another California
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
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
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.
stands alone, as the sole Non Profit Public Benefit Charity
that donates 100 percent of our time and funds only to
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
K-9 Armor President, ATF Explosives Detection
K9 Handler and Marin County Sheriff Deputy Daniel
K-9 Armor President Deputy Daniel Marrett is a
retired Federal ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms)
Detection K9 Handler and Marin County Sheriff
K-9 Handler, with over 30 years of experience
including leading the Sheriff's Gang Task Force.
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. His leadership
has protected over 150 California K9 Heroes.
Vice President, Riverside County Sheriff Corporal
K-9 Armor Vice President, Riverside County
Sheriff Corporal Jeffrey Hurd, former
RSO K9 Association
President and current Judge for the RSO and
Las Vegas Metro PD national K9 Trials. Jeff worked
with his former partner K9 Baron from 2009
before patrolling the City of San
Jacinto with his partner K9 Yanik to 2021. After
years of inviting us to their K9 Trials
2014, we are honored Jeff accepted the 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
K-9 Armor Cofounder, Secretary, Treasurer and
Webdiva, Suzanne Saunders
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 K-9
Armor. 20 years of experience as IT Specialist
at ComputerLand, Autodesk and Wells Fargo Bank,
she brings project management, web design, internet
security 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
and Facebook admin www.facebook.com/k9armor and
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
K-9 Armor Board Member Anaheim PD Officer Brett
Klevos, former President of the Orange County Police
Canine Association. Brett is an Anaheim Police
with his partner K9 Leo who wears a K-9 Armor vest,
Brett is responsible for six Anaheim PD K9 Heroes
and is currently Director of OCPCA, overseeing
60 police dogs and Military Working Dogs in Orange
accepted a position on the K-9 Armor board in 2019,
after inviting us to their K9 Benefit Show since
2011. Pictured above Officer
Brett Klevos with Anaheim PD K9 Kylo doing a demo
for kids at Anaheim Albert Schweitzer Elementary
give 2 K9 Armor vests.
All donations are 100 percent directed toward purchase
Thanks also to Deputy Karen
(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
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
Our costs include the vest plus
sales tax and if donated online includes the
2.5% Paypal fee. All vests are custom made, measured
Cost includes shipping
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
price plus tax listed by the manufacturers.
K9 Tactical Gear in Rocklin, CA make these Kevlar
vests for an incredible
cost below retail,
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 for all of California
and 100 percent of the cost is covered by public donations.
who lay down their lives to protect us
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