By Gary Bogue
Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 7:37 am in Police Dogs.
When: July 18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: All 34 Bay Area Pet Food Express stores (from Petaluma to Carmel)
California’s budget crisis is impacting every city and county in the San Francisco Bay Area, and K-9 officers are feeling the brunt as well. They need bulletproof vests to do their jobs of protecting your community, but those vests are expensive ($1,200/each). As many as 100 working police dogs in the Bay Area do NOT have protecting vests.
Pet Food Express is teaming up with The Western States Police Canine Association (WSPCA) to help fill the budget gap and raise tens of thousands of dollars on July 18 to buy bulletproof vests for working police dogs in the Bay Area.
Currently, there are dogs in numerous Bay Area cities and counties that are working to protect you without having protection themselves. Police dogs and their police officers will be on hand to share their stories at several Pet Food Express stores (Call 650-652-5650 for locations for the K-9 officers).
“These working dogs are on the street 24 hours a day in the Bay Area protecting all of us. With the help of Pet Food Express and their customers, we’ll now have many more of these dogs working with the protecting tools they deserve. Cash-strapped Bay Area cities in most cases can’t afford these vests on their own.” said Steve LeCouve, vice-president of the WSPCA.
** Here’s how Pet Food Express and its customers plan to raise the funds:
People can make a donation or buy a “token” for a self-service dog wash at any Pet Food Express store on July 18, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the WSPCA “Cover Your K-9” fund. There’s no limit on the number of tokens a person can purchase that day (the tokens have no expiration date),” and there’s no limit on the proceeds Pet Food Express will donate to the WSPCA.
** The Western States Police Canine Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting professionalism and safety for all working K-9 teams. The WSPCA sponsors K-9 training seminars, provides a forum for K-9 handlers and administers the newly launched “Cover Your K-9” fund to provide protecting vests for active duty K-9s and veterinary care for retired K-9s. WSPCA sanctioned canine competitions are sponsored by various agencies in California and Nevada.
** Pet Food Express is locally owned and operated by Michael & Mark. In 1976, Michael started a dog training business in San Francisco, and later added a Police K-9 division which was run by then retired San Francisco Police Lieutenant Art O’Keefe. Michael opened a tiny 900 square foot store on West portal Avenue in the 1980s. Pet Food Express does not sell animals and is dedicated to promoting pet adoptions through local shelters and rescue groups. So far, Pet Food Express has aided in the adoption of 48,000 Bay Area pets.