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Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

$10 for $20 Donation to Help Fund Bulletproof Vests for Police Dogs

The Fine Print

Questions and Answers 20 questions

Commonly Asked Questions

Q:

Can I designate a particular city to receive the vest?

Kathleen M.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

A:

Sorry, this offer does not include an option to nominate a city or dog. From the charity:

"All of the contributions from the Groupon campaign go towards vests for the K9s. There is no administrative cost. We are an all volunteer 501c(3) non profit charity. Each Groupon is $10. We have received authorization from all law enforcement agencies whose K9s are slated to receive vests to promote via web and social media. If you know of a department with a K9 needing a vest, please have them contact us for consideration at info@vik9s.org."

Hope that helps!

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 14, 2013

Q:

if I donate $10 how much does the charity (Vested Interest in K-9s) get?

rboccio  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

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The organization receives $20 when you donate $10, thanks to matching donations from VPI Pet Insurance.

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 14, 2013

More Questions and Answers

Q:

If I give as a gift, how does that work? I was looking to give it to a child for easter. Do I get something with their name on it?

Nancy O.  asked on  Mar 16, 2013

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Our apologies for the delay. To purchase a Groupon as a gift, select the deal from your daily email or directly on www.groupon.com, and then click the blue "Give as a Gift" link under the "Buy" button. Fill in the gift message and recipient information in the "Gift Options" pop-up window (the message will be displayed if you choose to send the gift via email). Click save, then fill in your payment information and click "Confirm Order".

If you want to purchase gifts for multiple people or place an additional order for yourself, you will have to make separate transactions. Please note that we include the purchase price on all Groupons (including gifts) so that they can be redeemed for that amount after the expiration date. This is required by expiration laws and simplifies the post-expiration redemption process for customers and businesses. Hope that helps!

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 18, 2013

Q:

What happens after the max contribution of $20,000.00 from VPI is fulfilled? Will my donation then become a flat $10 donation with no additional matching donation? So far it shows 5,000+ purchased (hence 5,000 x $10 = $50,000.00

Jennifer C.  asked on  Mar 18, 2013

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The first $20,000 is being matched by VPI Pet Insurance. Donations thereafter are credited $10.00. The groupon counter goes up at various increments as the campaign continues.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 18, 2013

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Are they matching a total of up to $20,000? In that case, would the deal not already be done if over 5,000 people have donated $10, so any others would only be contributing $10 to Vested Interest?

Amanda S.  asked on  Mar 18, 2013

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The first $20,000 is being matched by VPI Pet Insurance. Donations thereafter are credited $10.00. The groupon counter goes up at various increments as the campaign continues.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 18, 2013

Q:

I too am in Illinois, & wish to learn if my area is on their waiting list

Nancy O.  asked on  Mar 16, 2013

A:

The K9s that are participating in this Groupon Campaign completed an application ahead of time to qualify. There is a participating K9 from the State of Illinois.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 17, 2013

Q:

Why are these vests so expensive? Over $1,000 for just one seems excessive. About how much does it cost for the same protection in a human's vest? Is there another supplier from which they could be purchased for much less? Or is someone involved getting a "kickback"? If they were less expensive, many more dogs could be protected. Every one should be.

Cheryl V.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

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Thanks for your interest. For further information about the vests, please go here.

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 14, 2013

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Please refer to the above answered question for details. Average cost for a police officer vest is about $900.00. The price we have secured is a government contract price which allows us substantial discount. The retail price is over $1800 for each K9 vest.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 15, 2013

Q:

I see on your web site that you give preference first to Massachusetts, then New England, then to other areas. When would I expect a donation of mine to fund a vest for say, AZ? If this is a national campaign for funding, I would expect that it be more equally used.

Alice W.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

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For specific inquiries, feel free to contact the charity directly by going here.

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 14, 2013

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This policy pertains to local events that we host in Massachusetts. The Groupon event is nationwide and will outfit K9s across the country.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 15, 2013

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Andy C, I'm sorry, but you are not answering one very important question, but rather referring us to a website that does NOT address this question. WHY DOES IT COST OVER $1000 FOR ONE VEST! Please do not respond with "for more information go here" with a link to a website that has LOTS of information, but none that answers this question. It's a very good question and deserves an answer on the groupon site, not a directive to another site with information on specs and sizing. I clicked on every link possible on that site. NO ANSWER TO WHY IT COST SO MUCH. And one other person that asked this question, also asked, does a vest for a police officer also cost $1000? Of course, police officers are issued vests anyway, at a cost to the taxpayer. I don't see why dogs should get any less treatment than the officer. The dogs are at a higher risk than the officer, because the dog goes in first. I'm in favor of the vests, of course. I will be making a donation. I just don't see how you can cover many dogs when you need 101 people to donate $10 for one dog.

Nancy P.  asked on  Mar 15, 2013

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The vests are made of bullet and stab protective material and each vest must be certified by the National Institute of Justice. The ballistic material is costly, the time and labor to produce a hand made carrier and the expense to have each vest certified contributes towards the cost of the vest.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 15, 2013

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How do you decide who/ what dog gets a vest?I understand you must be put in for a request.. is it 1st come 1st serve? or how do you decide who's in greater need?

Tracy H.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

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Each law enforcement agency went through an application process for this campaign. They are placed on a waiting list, first come, first served based on completion.

Sandy M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 15, 2013

Q:

This makes it seem that each vest costs $1006.00 apiece. Is this correct?!?!?

elizabeth W.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

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Yes, each vest costs $1006.

Brette V.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 15, 2013

Q:

Any research as to how effective these vests are in actually protecting the animal?

Christine Y.  asked on  Mar 14, 2013

A:

For more details on this vest, please go here.

Andy C.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 14, 2013

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