Going Green Has Gone to the Dogs

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Recycling, Hybrid Cars, Solar Panels; Petco Believes Pet Parents Can Lead the Next Green Movement

It’s hard to imagine that the family dog can have more environmental impact than an S.U.V., but if pet parents aren’t careful, it can most certainly ring true. Pet lifestyle expert, Sandy Robins, shares her tips on how to reduce a pet’s carbon “pawprint” so pet parents can set the next example on how to make our world a greener place.

Think Adoption First
“In my opinion, adopting goes without saying and is the perfect start to greening your pet,” says Robins. The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United Sates, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized. “That striking number alone should be reason enough to adopt and not shop for your family pet,” Robins continues. “Petco makes it easy for families to meet their new four-legged member at one of their national adoption weekends.” After adding a new pet, help decrease the number of homeless animals in the United States by spaying or neutering pets. Sandy says, “Not only does it help control animal over-population, but it has also been proven to provide long-term health and behavioral benefits for pets.” Many organizations, including local animal shelters, often offer these services at a low cost.

Feed Natural
“Eating natural food has become a way of life and many feel their pets should eat the same quality food as they do,” says Robins. Not only are these foods good for pets, but good for the environment. Natural foods use proteins that are raised in sustainable, humane ways and do not contain hormones. “These days there are so many options when trying to feed your pet a natural diet that people often get confused,” Robins says. “I recommend heading to your local Petco where one of their knowledgeable Certified Nutrition Advisors can help guide you to the right food for your pet.”

Go Bio-degradable
Various estimates state that plastic bags can take from ten to 1,000 years to fully decompose in a landfill. Plus, a city of San Francisco study estimated that nearly four percent of residential waste in landfills is made up of animal feces. “That’s a lot of poop,” exclaims Robins. “Cut down on your waste by utilizing bio-degradable poop bags like Bio Bags, which are made with GMO-Free corn and contain no Plyethylene.” For families with cats, “I recommend using a natural cat littler like Planet Petco’s Pine Cat Litter which is made with natural pine by-products and is environmentally safe and biodegradable.“

Study Labels
As we approach Earth Day, it’s even more important to recognize what materials are used in dog and cat toys and accessories. Today, so many pet toys and supplies are made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers without herbicides or pesticides. “I adore West Paw beds because they are quality products made sustainably in the U.S.A with recycled and organic materials and readily available at Unleashed by Petco stores nationwide.” It’s also important to keep an eye out for toys that may contain toxins. “An easy solution is to choose Planet Petco toys and accessories,” says Robins. “The entire line helps you take care of your pet while helping you give back to our planet with a wide selection of natural, non toxic and sustainable products for pets of all types.”

Clean Green
“Make cleaning product choices that are not only safe for you, your children and your pets, but are also safe for the planet,” says Robins. Many pet grooming products and cleaning supplies use plant-based cleansers to remove pet stains and odors. Robins suggests using Pawganics. “They make a full line of grooming and cleaning supplies that are natural, non-toxic and effective. The perfect solution to clean green!”

About Petco
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,100 stores nationwide, including more than 30 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and http://www.petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $90 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 7,500 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 250,000 animals through in-store adoption events every year.

About Sandy Robins
As one of the country’s leading multi-media pet lifestyle experts and author, Sandy Robins, documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way. Her award-winning work is very visible on many of the country’s leading pet platforms such as MSNBC.com and TodayShow.com. She is a regular contributor and columnist in multiple national publications such as Dog Fancy, Modern Dog and Cat Fancy. And host of her own radio show Pawsitively Pets Radio. Sandy is an avid campaigner for animal shelters and laws that protect animals everywhere.

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