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Girl gives birthday money to K9

She gifted a local police dog a bulletproof vest

By Vetstreet Oct 1, 2013 7:30PM

Allison Henry via CNNAllison Henry decided she didn’t want toys or clothes for her 10th birthday. Instead, she asked her friends and family to give to a special cause: buying a bulletproof vest for a local police dog. Henry donated nearly $1,000 to an organization called Vested Interest in K9s, which provided the vest to Ryker, a canine officer at the police department in Holyoke, Mass. “I just feel that a dog should be safe, because I really like animals,” she said. The police officers noted that their dogs face the same dangers they do but often don’t have the same protection. Ryker and the police chief thanked Henry in a special ceremony last week, where she met Ryker and was presented with a plaque. — Watch it at CNN

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Oct 8, 2013 12:43AM
Oct 7, 2013 6:20PM

Thank our LORD GOD for you, little huge hearted Allison.

WOW !!!!!

I can't wait to see what our God has in store for you young Lady, BUT I just know it will be spectaculor !!!!!




Oct 7, 2013 6:19PM

Allison you are my girl....What a thoughtful thing to do..You will be rewarded many times over for this act of kindess. May God always bless you....


Your mom and dad must be so proud of you...as the whole world is....

Oct 7, 2013 6:03PM
What a terrific young lady! A role model! Thank you for caring. You are one special little girl. You love animals and that is so nice to read. Hopefully when you get older you will be able to get a job working with animals, so rewarding. Your parents must be so proud, I know I would be! You are a shining star!
Oct 7, 2013 5:11PM
Allison......YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

You are one terrific young lady and you also inspired me to make a donation to the police dogs to outfit more of them with vests.

It is so great to read such an awesome story.

Parents of Allison, you rock too!!!!
Oct 7, 2013 3:03PM
What an awesome little girl.  Parents should be proud....lots of people could learn something from her!!!
Oct 2, 2013 3:39AM
Here parents must be so proud that they are raising a child with a sense of active compassion. It's easy to feel compassion but harder to get involved and stand up for something. May this amazing young girl have a long and blessed life.
Oct 2, 2013 2:29AM
She didn't get $1k for her birthday,  her family and friends and I am sure others got together to help her make her dream happen!  The point of the story is, she gave up her birthday whether it was $1 or $1k  and she helped a working dog be better protected!!  Her heart is in the right place!  Better than at least half the people posting here....
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