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Wash your dog, save a K-9 officer

July 12, 2017

The Mercury News

If Fido is smelling a little ripe from the summer heat, buy him a bath this Saturday or Sunday to support California’s police dogs. Pet Food Express, in the Village Square shopping center at 15466 Los Gatos Boulevard, is co-sponsoring a pet wash fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the purchase of specialized police dog equipment.

The pet wash is called “Cover Your K-9” and is co-sponsored by the Police & Working K-9 Foundation.

“The money buys bullet-resistant vests, heat alarms for police vehicles and medical trauma kits in case a dog is injured,” Los Gatos Pet Food Express manager Jennifer Zepeda said.

The funds also pay for anti-toxin kits for narcotic-sniffing police dogs, emergency training for handlers and medical care for retired police dogs.

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“Last year we raised $164,000, so it’s been pretty successful in the past,” Zepeda said.

The cost of a single wash is $15, or you can buy three for $45 and get a fourth free. “They can purchase tokens to use later,” Zepeda said. “The dogs don’t have to be washed that day.”

Cats are also welcome to come by for a bath, but it’s recommended that cat owners buy a token and come back on a day with fewer barking dogs in the store. Non-pet owners can get involved, too, since “Cover Your K-9” is offering limited edition K-9 stuffed animal in exchange for a $20 donation.

Zepeda had hoped that Los Gatos’ police dog, Berko, and Berko’s handler, officer John Alldredge, would stop by during this weekend’s festivities, but Alldridge said they’re unable to attend.

Instead, the Watsonville Police Department’s K-9 team will be there to meet and greet customers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The Los Gatos Pet Food Express will be open for pet washes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 15 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 16.

Visit coveryourcanine.org for more information.

By Judy Peterson

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