The LAPD may be known for fighting crime, but they also help animals. The Voice For The Animals Foundation has created a calendar featuring LAPD officers with their own rescue animals.
Voice for the animals is a non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation, and advocacy. Chief Charlie Beck is on the cover with his rescue dog, Handsome.
Each month features an officer with their own rescue pet. All of the proceeds will go to the medical treatment, food and shelter for animals in need.
Chief Beck on the motivation behind the calendar:
"There’s nothing cops like more than kids, expect for maybe animals. There’s a incredible amount of police officers that end up rescuing animals that they see during their daily work activity … This is a calendar put together [with] pictures of Los Angeles police officers and the animals they’ve rescued and brought into their homes. Voice For The Animals [a non-profit animal rescue organization] is selling them online, and it’s a fundraiser going towards the rescue of animals. I think it’s a great thing that the department did.”
On the cover photo of the calendar:
"On the cover is the picture of my wife and I, and her dog Bella. And Bella is a great story emblematic [of the calendar]. Cindy went to the pound and Bella had been put into dog prison for two years pending an animal cruelty case. She was evidence. Cindy asked about her and brought her home. We had Bella for a number of years, and unfortunately a couple of months ago she passed away. A great story about a very hard-nosed cop – that’s my wife not me – rescuing a wonderful pet."
On why combating animal cruelty is a focal point of the LAPD:
"Animal cruelty is definitely a gateway to violence. All you have to do is look at people who have a past history of abuse of animals, and that will translate to how they treat human beings. Particularly in the extreme cases, serial killers almost always start with animal cruelty."