Find The Ultimate Work Out Partner In An Adoptable Pet During Petco’s National Adoption Weekend

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In Honor of the Summer Games, Petco Encourages a Healthy Exercise Regime with the Help of an Adopted, Four-Legged Friend

As the 2012 Summer Games come to a close, it’s a good reminder of how important living a healthy and active lifestyle is. According to recent a study from BMJ Open, sitting down for more than three hours a day can decrease a person’s life expectancy by two years. For those looking for motivation to get off the couch and get moving, consider adopting a new family member during Petco’s National Adoption Weekend. Research suggests that people who exercise with their dogs are more likely to stick to a fitness program, so those who adopt will be helping themselves while helping a homeless pet.

Find the perfect workout buddy during adoption events taking place at every Petco and Unleashed by Petco store nationwide the weekend of August 11-12, 2012. Pet adoption times vary, so it’s recommended to contact the nearest Petco location for adoption hours. During last month’s National Adoption Weekend, 5,043 shelter animals were given homes. Petco hopes to beat that number in August by connecting animal lovers across the nation with adoptable animals through their Think Adoption First program, which helps to place the 5-7 million animals entering shelters every year.

Adopting pet parents can also help the Petco Foundation celebrate one of its biggest milestones yet during the August National Adoption Weekend. The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999 and, in its 13th year, will exceed 100 million dollars raised to help animals in need. In addition to partnering with 7,500 animal-welfare organizations nationwide, the Petco Foundation also assists animals affected by natural disasters such as the San Diego and Colorado wildfires, Hurricane Katrina and more. Guests that attend can help celebrate this momentous achievement with the Petco Foundation and animal-welfare organizations everywhere!

For general information on Petco National Pet Adoption events, visit

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 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.

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Allie Maltese