Petco and the Petco Foundation partnered with Hill's Science Diet and Best Friends Animal Society to host the third annual National Pet Food Drive from November 2 through November 17, 2012. Every Petco and Unleashed by Petco accepted donations of dog and cat food to ensure that all pets parents could enjoy a happy and plentiful Thanksgiving with their pets.
In support of this effort, Hill's Science Diet committed to match, pound for pound, every bag of Hill's Science Diet dog and cat food donated, up to 80,000 pounds! Each store partnered with a local food bank or animal welfare group to ensure donations were provided directly to economically stressed pet parents in that store's community. Recipients were chosen by each of Petco's stores nationwide.
Best Friends Animal Society leveraged their national volunteer base to help place volunteers in the stores. The volunteers educated customers about the mission, the need for pet food in food banks, and encouraged donations.
Awareness is everything:
- According to Feeding America, a national food bank, 1 in 8 Americans (37 million people) received emergency food help in 2010. That is an increase of 46% since 2005. Many families are abandoning their pets because they are having a difficult time feeding their human family members.
- Each year, between 3 million and 4 million cats and dogs in shelters are euthanized, according to The Humane Society of the United States
- A Google search of "animal shelters" at any given time will bring up more than 23 million results.
- The American Humane Association estimates that animal shelters take in 6 - 8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States. Approximately 3 - 4 million of those innocent animals are euthanized.
- According to the American Humane Association, in 2008 alone, more than 3.7 million animals were euthanized in shelters across the nation. And that was in good economic times. Today, families are having to give up their beloved pets to shelters, because they cannot afford to feed them, to care for them, or they have to move to a home where pets are not allowed. Even worse, animals are simply left behind or dumped somewhere to either die or to try to fend for themselves. Many of those that survive end up in shelters.
Click here to see a list of participating Petco stores and the Food Bank partners that support them.