The L.O.V.E. Bus Has Arrived in L.A. to Beat Carmageddon

The L.O.V.E. bus arrived in Los Angeles just ahead of Carmageddon to spread the word about solving behavior problems in pets. The Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF) and the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LACFD) are joining the national Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour 2012 in Los Angeles by participating in a free pet fair to raise awareness and funds for the LAPD and LAFD K-9 Units. Both LAPD and LAFD K-9 Units will be providing demonstrations exemplifying their training at the pet fair. Join Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB, Ceva Animal Health, and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) as she hosts the event. Los Angeles board-certified veterinarians will also be available to discuss behavior problems with pet owners.

Griffith Park/Crystal Springs Picnic Area
Sunday, September 30, 2012 – 10:00 am " 3:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA 90027

  • Free Behavior Tips
  • Demonstrations by the LAPD and LAFD K-9 Units
  • Shelter Pet Adoptions
  • Behavior Demonstrations
  • Music & Giveaways
  • $1 Paw for a Cause Donations
  • Proceeds of t-shirt sales to benefit the LAPF, the LACFD Foundation for the K-9 Units, Bullies & Buddies Rescue and Pet Orphans of Southern California

Nine out of ten people don’t realize there are solutions to their pet’s behavior problems, and in frustration, often give them up to a shelter. Many of these shelter pets die needlessly. Ceva Animal Health, makers of Feliway® and Adaptil™ pheromone products and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists want pet owners to know they can “keep their love with their pet alive” with medically sound options from your veterinarian to treat these problems—before it’s too late.

About the Los Angeles Police Foundation: The mission of the Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF) is to create partnerships to provide resources and programs that help the police perform at their highest level and to enhance Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)-community relations.

Since its founding in 1998, the LAPF has awarded more than $16 million in grants to the LAPD in the areas of equipment and technology upgrades, specialized training, community outreach and youth programs. For more information on the Los Angeles Police Foundation, visit

About the LAPD K-9 Platoon: In November of 1979, two Los Angeles Police Department officers recognized an urgent need for specialized canine work in the City of Los Angeles. In April 1980, approval was given to train two search dogs for a pilot program within the West Bureau of the Police Department. The achievements of these two dogs were so astounding that, after two months, the one-year trial program was declared a total success. During its two decade-plus years of operation, an increasing demand for the unique services provided by the K-9 Platoon has allowed it to gradually grow until the entire City now has rapid access to search dogs on a twenty-four hour basis. For more information, visit

About the Los Angeles City Fire Department Foundation: The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the major source of private financial support for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). They provide funding for the LAFD to support needs not met by the city budget. Approximately 96% of the budget pays for salaries and benefits, leaving very little for the other needs of the department.

The foundation was created in 2010 by a committed group of volunteers who are business leaders and community activists " people who care deeply about the safety of our city and support the Fire Department’s work in preparedness and response, funding projects that will enhance the efficiency and modernization of the department.

The LAFD’s 3,586 uniformed personnel and non-sworn cadre of 353 professionals are directly involved in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education and community service. They are the first responders for any major catastrophe, and have a reputation for being one of the finest departments in the nation, if not the world.

In 2009, the men and women of the LAFD responded 753,428 times to come to the aid of their neighbors in need. They are here for us, and we need to be here for them.

Review the complete Keep the L.O.V.E. Behavior Express Tour media kit, or contact:

Agnes Huff
310-902-8131 cell
310-641-2525 office
Lea-Ann Germinder, APR Fellow PRSA
917-334-8682 cell
Germinder & Associates, Inc.
212-367-2170 office

About Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB: Dr. Debra Horwitz is an internationally-recognized authority on behavioral issues in pets. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Follow her at @DebraHDVM. For more information, visit

About the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB): Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB) are veterinarians who are specialists in the field. For more information visit

About Ceva Animal Health: Ceva’s key companion animal products include the Vectra® line of parasiticides, Adaptil™ (formerly D.A.P.) and Feliway® pheromone behavior aids and Senilife® neuroprotection for aging pets. For more information, visit


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