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Petco Foundation Breeds in Need

Every year over 6 million animals in need enter shelters. A minimum of 1 in 4 dogs currently in shelters is a purebred.

In addition, there are thousands of purebred dogs and cats in breed-specific rescue groups patiently waiting for their forever home. Your contribution to Breeds in Need will benefit local breed rescue groups, promote adoptions and regain shelter space for other needy animals that otherwise would remain on the street without hope.

Kristin Winterhalter, Petfinder Outreach Coordinator, estimates that 20% of the 13,500 shelters and rescue groups registered with them are involved specifically in breed-specific rescue and many other groups often have purebred dogs in their care.

Ultimately, most people just as readily surrender their purebred pets to shelters and rescue as they do their mixed breed ones and for many of the same reasons.

The pure breed cat issue is far less severe. While the total number of cats in shelters is high and unconscionable, the numbers of purebred cats has hovered around 10% for many years, even as the number of purebred dogs has risen. However, if you are looking for a purebred cat, there are a number of rescues for any breed you might be interested in. Many breed specific cat rescues are associated with breeders of those particular varieties as an extension of their commitment to the breed they represent.

In addition to pure breed cats, the Breeds in Need fundraiser now supports the efforts of feral cat caretakers and rabbit rescues. Rabbits are the third most surrendered pet in shelters today.

Through our Breeds in Need fundraiser, the Petco Foundation honors the many pure breed rescue groups that tirelessly pull purebred dogs from shelters and accept people's castoffs during this tough economic time.