Luigi "Shorty Rossi," a.k.a. the "Pit Boss" on the Animal Planet TV channel, and his most popular pitbull dog Hercules will make an appearance at Kids Planet in Hesperia from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, March 7.


"We're excited," said Edith Avilez, owner of Kids Planet. "We're excited to be chosen to be part of it."


Rossi, who also runs the pit bull rescue organization Shorty's Rescue and a talent agency for little people, will be available for photos and autographs.


As the star of the reality series "Pit Boss," Rossi shares his passion for rescuing pit bulls, some of whom were used in illegal, gruesome dog fighting. Through his rescue organization, he rehabilitates the dogs and places them in homes.


"He speaks to the kids about how to nurture and treat animals," Avilez said. "He brings a message of tolerance."


Avilez is anticipating many of the TV show's local fans to attend the event.


"I think it's going to be phenomenal to get to take pictures with him. We're excited."


Formerly in real estate, Avilez opened Kids Planet in February of 2009. The facility has arcade games in two areas, a "kiddy arcade room," and main dining area. Kids Planet also attracts sports fans including an Oakland Raiders fan club that meets there during the NFL season.


"We don't only target kids. We want to make it a great environment for the entire family. We've been so busy."


Kids Planet is located at 15075 Main St., Hesperia. For more information, call 760-983-5335.