PETCO Foundation Helps Keep Pets with Families Through Tough Economic Times

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Animal Welfare Groups Can Now Apply for Assistance from ‘We Are Family, Too’ Fund

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Through this fund we are giving voice to the thousands of pets that have lost their families – abandoned or surrendered because their owners lost their home or could no longer afford to feed and take care of them

As tough economic times force more and more pet owners to surrender their animal companions to shelters, the PETCO Foundation is launching a new fund to support local programs that help keep pets where they belong – with their families.

The “We Are Family, Too” fund provides short-term funding for animal welfare groups to help pet owners who have lost their homes or are experiencing temporary financial hurdles. We Are Family, Too funds such programs as pet food banks, product donations, referral lists of pet-friendly housing, short-term foster pet care, spay and neuter services, and veterinary services.

“Through this fund we are giving voice to the thousands of pets that have lost their families – abandoned or surrendered because their owners lost their home or could no longer afford to feed and take care of them,” said Paul Jolly, PETCO Foundation vice president and executive director. “Animal welfare groups across the country are working to alleviate this growing crisis, and the PETCO Foundation is proud to support their efforts to keep families and pets together.”

Animal welfare groups can apply for We Are Family, Too grants of up to $2,500 by clicking on the PETCO Foundation link on http://www.petco.com.

Pet parents nationwide can also help by purchasing PETCO reusable shopping bags, which sell for $1.99 at all PETCO stores and at http://www.petco.com – with $1 of the purchase price funding the We Are Family, Too program.

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 http://www.PETCO.com. 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 nearly 5,000 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for nearly 300,000 adoptable animals every year.

Contact:
Paul Jolly, the PETCO Foundation, 626.287.0952, paulj @ petco.com
Marta Karpinska-Dean, PETCO, 858.444.5575, martak @ petco.com    

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