Pet-Supply Stores Reach Milestones Helping Dogs

Petco raised $4 million for animal welfare and Petsmart helped adopt 4 million pets.

Posted: January 8, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Printer Friendly

Two of the country’s largest pet-supply chains — Petco and Petsmart — have reached milestones in their efforts to help animals in need. Through its annual Tree of Hope fundraiser, Petco raised a record $4 million for animal welfare efforts. Meanwhile, Petsmart is celebrating its 4 millionth pet adoption.

The Tree of Hope fundraiser, which was held during the holiday season in more than 1,000 Petco stores across the U.S., invited customers to make a donation to help fund grants to animal shelters and rescue groups. On Jan. 6, the San Diego-based retailer reported that campaign raised $4 million, up nearly 30 percent from the 2008 event.

“Donations from thousands of Petco customers will enable the Petco Foundation to help animal shelters and rescue groups worldwide in caring for thousands of homeless pets,” said Paul Jolly, the foundation’s executive director. “Despite the tough economy, our customers continue to give hope and help us address the growing needs of our animal welfare partners.”

Half of the funds raised during the campaign will go to animal welfare organizations in the areas where the money was donated. The Petco Foundation will use the other half for regional programs and relief efforts.

In addition, Iams donated $1 to the Petco Foundation for every bag of Iams cat or dog food sold at Petco stores during the Iams Home 4 the Holidays adoption drive. Iams ended up donating a total of $100,000, according to Petco spokeswoman Brooke Simon.

Petsmart of Phoenix has also reached new heights in its efforts to help homeless pets. Chloe, a Collie mix, is the 4 millionth pet to be adopted from a Petsmart Charities Adoption Center in the U.S.

The Jancarek family of Randolph, N.J., adopted Chloe at a Petsmart store in nearby Rockaway, N.J. Chloe was a rescue from Eleventh Hour Rescue, an all-volunteer, nonprofit agency that takes in dogs who are slated for euthanasia.

On Jan. 9, Chloe, her new family and representatives from Petsmart Charities Inc. and Eleventh Hour Rescue will celebrate the adoption milestone at the Rockaway Petsmart. The event also aims to shed a light on how pet adoption can put an end to euthanasia.

Printer Friendly

JOIN CLUB DOG NOW

4 of 14 Comments View All 14 Comments

Give us your opinion Give us your opinion on Pet-Supply Stores Reach Milestones Helping Dogs

User Avatar

Jenn   Wheaton, IL

1/10/2010 3:08:39 PM

:)

User Avatar

PRIS   LEMOORE, CA

1/10/2010 1:05:14 PM

THAT IS SO GREAT!!! THANKS PETCO AND PETSMART!!!

User Avatar

Terry Lyle   Jamestown, NY

1/10/2010 11:36:21 AM

It's wonderful that these companies are helping to place homeless pets. How sad though that we humans have not yet learned that pets require time and care and that we breed pets on a whim (or desire to make money) and not for the good of the animal. Still, I'm grateful for Petco for helping us to deal with our general ignorance.

User Avatar

JD   Portland, OR

1/10/2010 8:17:48 AM

Cool

Login to get points for commenting or write your comment below

 
First Name : Email :
International :
City : State :

Captcha Image


Get New Captcha


Top Products

ADS BY GOOGLE