PETCO Foundation Hopes to Raise Millions for Pets in Need

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Annual Spring A Pet Fundraiser now underway.

There are thousands of animal shelters across the country filled with dogs, cats and other pets looking to find loving homes. These non-profit organizations not only care for animals until they find new homes, many also provide rescue, medical and counseling services.

That is why, each year, the PETCO Foundation's "Spring A Pet" campaign collects funds on behalf of these shelters to help them continue their efforts.

Now through Sunday, April 8, PETCO locations nationwide will be collecting donations that will go directly to local animal shelters.

"Donations given at each store remain in the local community," says PETCO Foundation Vice President and Director Paul Jolly. "Each PETCO store selects an animal welfare group that celebrates the human-animal bond, and then collects donations on that organization's behalf."

Last year's campaign raised more than $1.7 million.

Why donate:

  •     Approximately eight million animals will flood animal shelters this year, and roughly four million will come during May, June, July and August as a result of thousands of litters born in the spring
  •     Four to six million pets are euthanized each year
  •     On average, it costs a shelter roughly $75 per spay/neuter surgery
  •     Through generous donations animal welfare organizations are able to charge an affordable adoption fee

PETCO customers can help make a difference by purchasing Spring A Pet donation cards for a $1, $5, $10 or $20 donation. Customers donating $20 or more will receive a Red Ruff and Blue Mews "Making the Lives of Animals Brighter" decorative candle.

PETCO encourages customers through the Think Adoption First program to consider adoption before the purchase of any companion animal - even if it's one of the birds, reptiles, or small animals currently offered in PETCO stores. For more information on Spring A Pet and the PETCO Foundation or to locate a store near you, visit

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 850 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 $34 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 4,200 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.


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