100 sets of dog booties featuring Kevlar protective technology have been donated by Dupont to protect the paws of the rescue dogs searching the debris at the World Trade Center in New York City.
These booties – which are strapped onto a dog’s paws to protect them from cuts and puncture wounds that can be caused by concrete, steel and other sharp or abrasive materials – were designed and developed by Wise Hunter products, a division of DuPont licensee Protective Concepts of Nashville, Tennessee. They were manufactured by Clark Leather of Bolivar, Tennessee.
The dog booties contain a double layer of protective DuPont Kevlar under the paw area with a single layer extending for six inches up each leg of the dog for even more protection.
Brian Foy, who works for DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems at the company’s Spruance plant in Richmond, Virginia, said the booties were designed especially for the rescue effort.
He noted that when Clark Leather received the request for the booties, ‘the need was all too real and immediately apparent to everyone. Like everyone else in the US, they wanted to pitch in and help somehow. They rolled up their sleeves and went to work.’
The small 15-employee firm received the material and the design and got started. Clark Leather President Dave Pistano reported that the employees kept going into the night to make sure the booties would ship as quickly as possible.
All 400 Wise Hunter dog booties with Kevlar technology were shipped to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Disaster Relief Fund to be forwarded to New York City.