K9s United is giving away a special license plate for Florida drivers to benefit canine crime fighters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–K9s United, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting K9 law enforcement units with vital equipment and training, is accepting pre-orders in recent months for its approved special license plate for Florida State K9s United. The Jacksonville-based organization is encouraging Florida drivers to pre-order their K9s United license plates by Oct. 15 to meet the state’s requirement of 3,000 plates sold to be produced and donated. throughout the state.

“K9s United was born out of a passion for our K9 agents who work so hard in silence to protect and serve our communities,” said Debbie Johnson, Founder and President of K9s United. “Although they don’t have a voice to communicate their needs, we do, and we work hard to provide our canine officers and their handlers with training and equipment to stay safe in the field. . By supporting our K9s United specialty license plate, you are not only standing up for our organization, you are also supporting our furry officers for years and years to come. Revenue generated from the plates will help take our mission to the next level to provide the programs and supplies these selfless dogs need to serve our communities.

The unique plaque design was created to honor two special K9 officers and was voted for by Florida residents and K9 supporters prior to its release. Featured on the plaque are two brave Florida K9 officers, including retired St. Johns County Sheriff’s Officer K9 Ryker, who sadly passed away in 2020, and retired St. Johns County Sheriff’s Officer Marion, K9 Drago, who served the community for over four years.

Proceeds from the license plates could potentially reach $75,000 per year to help K9s United provide critical training workshops, resources, equipment, and advocacy to K9 law enforcement and their handlers. Specialty license plates can be pre-ordered by Florida residents with an active driver’s license for $33 at any authorized motor vehicle service center statewide (in person or online), or on the K9s United website for $34. Most importantly, $25 from every plate sold will directly benefit K9s United to support the non-profit organization’s mission to educate, train, and provide vital equipment and services to K9s protecting and serving their communities. .

Many law enforcement agencies do not have sufficient funding to provide K9 units with the necessary resources they need, including advanced training, equipment and kennels, vehicle thermal alarms, and door poppers, canine emergency kits and bulletproof vests, as well as other larger healthcare expenses. K9s United helps fill that void and helps law enforcement ensure K9 units have the programs and supplies dogs need most.

Additionally, K9s United actively advocates for legislation that protects and serves these selfless working dogs. The organization successfully championed Florida legislation to create harsher penalties for criminals who intentionally injure a working K9, and allows injured K9s to be transported via emergency vehicles to the on-site veterinarian. nearest emergency. K9s United is committed to supporting legislation at the local, state and federal levels to protect K9 teams across the country.

About K9s United

K9s United is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to supporting K9 law enforcement officers who detect, protect and serve our communities by providing the best equipment, amenities and better quality of life during and after their service, and by commemorating those who give the ultimate sacrifice. For more information or to donate, visit www.k9sunited.org.

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