Animal Shelters to Receive Nearly $1.7 Million from PETCO Foundation

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The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $32 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.

There are thousands of animal shelters across the country filled with dogs, cats and other pets looking to find loving homes and the generous donations made by PETCO associates, vendors and customers help these organizations continue their efforts

The PETCO Foundation's annual Spring A Pet Fundraiser concluded Sunday, raising nearly $1.7 million for animal rescue organizations nationwide.

"We are so proud to distribute monies collected each year from our Spring a Pet campaign to organizations that dedicate their resources to helping animals," says PETCO Foundation Vice President and Director Paul Jolly. "During the fundraiser, each PETCO store selected an adoption group that celebrates the human-animal bond and collected donations on their behalf."

Additionally, PETCO's pet insurance partner, PetCare Pet Insurance Programs - offered and owned by Pethealth Inc. - contributed $5,000 to the cause.

"There are thousands of animal shelters across the country filled with dogs, cats and other pets looking to find loving homes and the generous donations made by PETCO associates, vendors and customers help these organizations continue their efforts," says Jolly.

Why the donations make a difference:

  •     Approximately 8 million animals will flood animal shelters this year and 4-6 million of those are euthanized.
  •     Animal organizations not only care for animals until they find new homes, many also provide rescue, medical and counseling services.
  •     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 encourages customers 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 the PETCO Foundation or to locate a store near you, visit http://www.petco.com.

About PETCO
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 http://www.petco.com. Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $32 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.

About PetCare Pet Insurance Programs
PetCare Pet Insurance Programs are offered and owned by Pethealth Inc. a leading provider of accident and illness insurance for dogs and cats and pet related data management services to the North American companion animal industry. Pethealth offers a unique range of products and services for veterinarians, shelters and pet owners through a number of wholly owned subsidiaries using a range of brand names including PetCare, ShelterCare, CherryBlue, 24PetWatch, EVE and PetPoint.

Contacts:         
Rachel McLennan
PETCO
(858) 453-7845 EXT. 2558

Paul Jolly
Director and Vice President
PETCO Foundation
(626)287-0952

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