Protecting members of law enforcement by providing needed financial support and equipment are just two of the goals of STAND T.A.L.L. The NC 501(c)(3) nonprofit has launched a fundraiser to purchase a bulletproof protective vest for Dino, the first Columbus Police Department K-9, and is seeking donations from the public.

Recently, the Columbus Police Department authorized the formation of their new K-9 corps and allocated the money necessary to purchase and train Dino, a Belgian Malinois, and the newest member of the Department. CPD didn’t, however, have the necessary funds to purchase a protective vest for the 14-month old Dino.

Sgt. Cody Gordon, who will be heading the CPD K-9 corps, spoke to his K-9 counterpart at the Hendersonville Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Kevin Holden, who suggested that Gordon contact Sharon Hanson, vice President of STAND T.A.L.L. Ms. Hanson previously led the effort in Henderson County to raise funds for a total of eight protective K-9 vests for all the dogs of the HCSO K-9 corps.

Sgt. Gordon called Ms. Hanson, and quickly realized that she is an avid animal lover. He explained the department’s need of a vest. Ms. Hanson received approval from the STAND T.A.L.L. Board of Directors and is taking the lead in the effort to raise funds for the K-9 vest. The vests are very expensive, costing $1750 each. Every vest is custom fit and features the latest in lightweight, bullet-proof, slash and puncture-resistant technology. Dino’s vest will provide him with an added layer of protection when he and Sgt. Gordon are on duty patrolling together.

“This is incredible,” says Sgt. Gordon. We’re so fortunate to have an organization like STAND T.A.L.L. that not only supports what we in law enforcement do, but is willing to step up and raise the funds needed for our K-9’s vest. The department and I can’t thank them enough for what they are doing to assist us.”

STAND T.A.L.L. president Ron Kauffman adds, “We are happy to be able to work with CPD and Polk County area law enforcement. I know we can count on the animal lovers in Western NC to support our fundraising efforts to purchase this custom-made protective vest for Dino, CPD’s first K-9.”

To make your tax-deductible donation online, click here. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to STAND T.A.L.L. and mail your donation to:
STAND T.A.L.L. P.O. Box 1523 Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Thank you for your support.