PETCO Foundation Raises Nearly $2 Million for Animals in Need

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PETCO Customers, PEDIGREE® Brand Give Generously to Spring A Pet Campaign

SAN DIEGO (July 1, 2008) – Tens of thousands of PETCO customers are making a difference in the lives of animals in need after giving generously to the PETCO Foundation’s annual Spring A Pet fundraiser.

During the six-week campaign this spring, more than 900 PETCOs across the country collected donations on behalf of local animal shelters, with thousands of pet parents giving to the cause. The makers of PEDIGREE® Brand food for dogs joined in, donating $1 for each purchase of PEDIGREE® products of $10 or more, for a total of $50,000.

Together, the Spring A Pet campaign raised $1.95 million, with all donations staying in local communities.

“In these tough economic times, our customers’ compassion and selfless giving are making a big difference for animal welfare groups and the companion animals they help,” said Beth Mars, PETCO Foundation director of operations and development. “We appreciate our customers’ support – and we are so grateful for the generous donation from PEDIGREE® Brand so that local groups across the country can carry out the important work of helping animals.”

In addition to donating money to the fundraiser, PEDIGREE® Brand also covered the printing costs of store signs promoting the campaign, saving the PETCO Foundation approximately $35,000.

To learn more about the PETCO Foundation, visit

About PETCO and the PETCO Foundation

PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 900 stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, the PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $44 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the foundation, we work with and support more than 5,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for nearly 300,000 adoptable animals every year

About PEDIGREE® Brand

PEDIGREE® is the number one brand of dog food in the world, offering a wide variety of products for different dog life stages. As an innovative market leader, PEDIGREE® Brand is at the forefront of pet nutrition and understands pet owner needs by providing a range of innovative products and resources.

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