Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies & Referrals

2132 Amnicola Hwy Chattanooga, TN 37406

Phone : 423-698-4612

Fax : 423-622-8145

Vests for the Valiant

Vestsforvalian1The R.I.V.E.R. is happy to announce our support for the Chattanooga Police Department's Canine Unit.

Every day, our four-legged officers put their lives on the line just as our human officers do to provide safety and well being to our community. Help us protect them while they protect us!

Our Goal: To provide all EIGHT canine officers with special tailored Kevlar vests.

Cost: Each vest costs approximately $1000 dollars.

vestsforvaliant2How It All Began
In October 2014, R.I.V.E.R. started working with the founder of INVEST in K9, a group dedicated to bringing protection to the K9 officers. We hosted our first fundraiser, called 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up, a 5K walk honoring cancer research for humans and animals alike. Proceeds were split between cancer research and providing bullet-proof vests to our K9 officers. With this fundraiser alone, we were able to begin our journey and provide 2 vests, along with INVEST in K9.

We continued our endeavor over the last few months, selling Christmas ornaments and starting a GoFundMe account. It has taken hard work and dedication from the ENTIRE staff at R.I.V.E.R. One of our lovely technicians, Ciara, named our endeavor "Vests for the Valiant" and we felt it was ever so fitting!

vestsforvaliant2Today, we are proud to say that we have been honored to donate 6 out of 8 vests to our working canine officers!

To donate, please click here.