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Pet Lovers Can Be Animal Philanthropists at Petco's National Adoption Weekend

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Give back by saving a life at National Adoption Weekend events taking place at Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations nationwide August 23-24, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pet lovers across the country can be animal philanthropists by attending Petco's National Adoption Weekend at stores nationwide August 23-24, 2014, and help give a homeless pet a forever home. The definition of a philanthropist is "a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others."  The weekend will highlight the many advantages of adopting pets of all shapes, sizes, and ages, as well as how adoption gives back to pet communities everywhere. Here are some ways adoption gives back:

  • Provides a deserving animal a loving, forever home.
  • Prevents overcrowding in animal shelters and gives animals the chance at life with a caring family.
  • The fee for adopting a pet will go towards benefiting other animals to help with shelter maintenance, vaccination costs, food, supplies and more.
  • Saves a life by lessening the need for euthanasia on un-adopted pets in shelters.

Hill's Science Diet is sponsoring the adoption events taking place at all Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations. All new adoptive pet parents will take home a free bag of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food, 5-pounds or smaller, and a free can of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food. Pet adoption times vary, so it's recommended to contact the nearest location for adoption hours. For more information on adoption events, visit www.petco.com/adoptions.

To carry on the theme of philanthropy, Petco and the Petco Foundation are uniting for the Together We Can Fundraiser, which launches during National Adoption Weekend with a donation drive. The fundraiser will benefit animal welfare organizations that work hard to find homes for pets, provide spay/neuter services, manage animal assisted therapy programs and offer humane education programs.

Purchase any bag of dog or cat food or treats from Natural Balance, Canidae, Hill's Science Diet, Solid Gold and Royal Canin between August 22-24 and $1 will be donated to the Petco Foundation. For those unable to attend the drive, but still want to do their part to help save more lives, they can make a donation to the Together We Can Fundraiser at their local Petco or online at Petco.com through September 7, 2014.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

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