This week “Thankful Thursday” would like to commend the continued efforts of 10-year-old Brady Snakovsky who raised over $94,000 to purchase bulletproof vests for all K9 officers across the country. Brady wanted to help the police purchase safety gear for their canine officers after watching one of his favorite police shows, Live PD. On the show, Brady noticed a K9 officer was not wearing a bulletproof vest to safely perform its duties.
Brady proceeded to ask his mother if he could purchase a vest for a K9 officer, which they later learned that one vest could cost up to $1,200. So in 2018, Brady launched a GoFundMe page to raise the necessary funds. To date, Brady’s GoFundMe page has raised over $94,000 of their $100,000 goal. The Ohio State Highway Patrol posted the following on their official Facebook page: “Brady is the founder of Brady’s K9 Fund, a non-profit organization that raises money to purchase body armor for police canines. Both K-9 Officers Atos and Ure are wearing vests that Brady’s K9 Fund recently purchased.”
In addition, the Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers were able to personally thank Brady and his foundation for their generous donations. The troopers then presented Brady with the pictured trooper badge wall sign as a personal thank you.
Trooper Jim Baker whose K9 received a vest from the Brady’s K9 Fund praised both Brady and his mom’s efforts. “Makes me feel great knowing that not only is he protecting me, but I’m also protecting him. It’s a great partnership, said Trooper Baker.”
Brady wrote with his mom’s help on their GoFundMe page, “I hope to provide as many vests as I possibly can to the very deserving officers that are out there. With your help, we can help provide them with one. With donors’ help, Brady is starting to make that dream come true — one dog at a time.”
Update (12/2/19) from Brady’s GoFundMe Page: We just wanted to give you an update to Brady and his mission. We are still going strong. We have currently vested 134 K9’s in 19 different states and have 57 on our waiting list.