Petco spotlights cat adoptions, shelter pets in weekend event
By Jay Keller
Petco is putting the spotlight on shelter pets this weekend with special efforts around helping those ready to welcome a cat, or any new pet, into their home.
On April 13th and 14th, during the Petco National Adoption Weekend, adopting pet parents who take home a cat or dog will receive special offers and advice on how to care for a new pet’s needs, the pet-specialty retailer said Tuesday.
The weekend adoption events will take place at Petco (and Unleashed by Petco) locations nationwide and incorporate events sponsored by local rescue groups within local communities.
Petco says adopting pet parents can also get immediate savings up to 50 percent on first-time purchases of food and supplies after enrolling in the Think Adoption First program.
Petco and the Petco Foundation established the local adoption events as part of a larger set of goals designed to help increase the number of pets adopted into loving homes, decrease pet euthanasia and “encourage pet parents to consider adopting before purchasing a pet of any kind.”
Petco plans to host another National Pet Adoption Weekend in the middle of May and events will spotlight another aspect of pet adoption.
This weekend, Petco hopes to raise awareness about cat rescue and find homes for the nearly 70 percent of shelter cats that are euthanized according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP).
NCPPSP also says that at least one-third of cats in animal shelters are acquired as strays.
“Out of the 86.4 million owned cats in the United States, 21 percent were adopted from an animal shelter,” Petco said Tuesday in a statement. “Only two percent of lost cats are returned to their owners.”
Petco operates more than 1,200 stores nationwide and the Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization focused on the welfare of companion animals, has raised more than $111 million since it was created in 1999 and helped 3.6 million pets find homes since January 2013.
Petco reminds families interested in attending this weekend’s events to contact the nearest store for more information regarding pet adoption times and types of adoptable animals available.