During the campaign we hope to educate people about these friendly, social dogs that make wonderful pets.
San Diego, CA (Vocus) September 17, 2007
In an effort to raise awareness for the plight of retired racers across the country and provide support for Greyhound rescue organizations, PETCO and the PETCO Foundation will host their Sixth Annual Greyhound Planet Week fundraiser that runs from Saturday, Sept. 15 through Sept. 23.
“One of our goals of the annual Greyhound Planet Week campaign is to be a loud voice in telling our customers and friends how they can personally help those animals that have been tossed aside after racing careers are over. Our Greyhound adoption partners are their hope and promise for a better life,” said PETCO Foundation Vice President and Director Paul Jolly. “During the campaign we hope to educate people about these friendly, social dogs that make wonderful pets.”
Greyhound adoptions account for nearly 20 percent of all dog adoptions in PETCO stores. This fundraiser will help Greyhound rescue organizations continue to save the lives of these retired runners and place them in loving homes.
During the weeklong campaign, PETCO will ask customers, vendors and associates to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with the proceeds being distributed to the PETCO Foundation’s more than 500 Greyhound rescue organizations in the communities PETCO shares. Donors rounding up to more than $5 dollars will receive a Greyhound Planet keychain. Since inception the campaign has generated more than $600,000 for Greyhound rescuers across the country.
For more information on this year’s campaign, the PETCO Foundation or to locate a store near you, visit http://www.PETCO.com . To get the latest news on anything and everything PETCO – from updates about the company to incredible acts of animal kindness, visit the company’s blog at http://www.petconews.com .
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 $36 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 4,600 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year.
Don Cowan, PETCO, (619) 417-5244, donc @ petco.com
Paul Jolly, Director and Vice President, PETCO Foundation, (626)287-0952