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Planet Dog's Non-Profit Grantmaking Organization Donates Funds To Maine Vest-A-Dog

Portland, ME (6/05) – Planet Dog, the Portland-based, designer, manufacturer and retailer of innovative products for dogs and cats, and Planet Dog Philanthropy (PDP), its non-profit grantmaking organization, are proud to announce their support of Maine Vest-A-Dog. Founded in 2000 by Kelly Davis, a 16-year old Maine resident, Maine Vest-A-Dog is a non-profit organization that provides bullet and stab-proof vests for police dogs in Maine.

PDP has donated funds to purchase a vest for Jasou, a police dog and member of the Scarborough, Maine police department. The lightweight vest, which costs $732, is made of the same materials as human officer vests. The vest will protect Jasou against knives or bullets and prevent "blunt trauma", the most common K-9 injury which results from a kick, a punch or being hit by an object. The padding provided by the vest can help make the difference between a bad bruise and a potential broken rib or punctured lung.

The goal of Maine Vest-A-Dog is to provide protective vests for all Maine K-9s, while increasing public awareness about the dangerous work that police dogs perform every day. In addition to creating the non-profit organization in Maine, Kelly is also responsible for working with Maine's Governor Baldacci to pass legislation to legalize her fundraising efforts. Since its creation, Maine Vest-A-Dog has raised over $34,000 to provide 49 police dogs in Maine with protective vests. The donation from PDP brings that total to 50.

Planet Dog is proud to donate a percentage of their profits to PDP to fund animal welfare, education and environmental initiatives such as this one in Maine and beyond. For more information about Planet Dog or PDP, please visit or

Katie LeBel
Planet Friendly Public Relations
[email protected]

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