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Petco Foundation Programs

Petco Foundation participates in a myriad of programs that support our goals to Reduce (spay/neuter); Rescue (adoptions); Rehabilitate (training); Rejoice (promotes and assists with the human/animal bond).

These programs are only made possible by your generosity, both at the cash register and online. Below is just a snapshot of some of the many we are proud to sponsor or facilitate:

Adoption Options and the Petco Foundation have teamed up to provide nationally known experts on increasing adoptions to speak to local audiences around the country and at a fraction of the price that would normally be incurred if attending a large animal welfare conference. Attendees of Adoption Options workshops are treated to 4 or 5 speakers on thought provoking and ground breaking animal adoption topics, a vegetarian breakfast and lunch, t-shirts, prizes and more.

Adoption Options will have you thinking about behavior, placement and promotion of your pets in a whole new light! We are excited to bring nationally known speakers right to you to discuss some of the newest and most innovative ideas in animal adoptions.

Presentation topics include:

  • Shelter medicine (feline URI, disease transmission, controlling ringworm)
  • Dog behavior (how to keep your adoptable dogs behaviorally and emotionally healthy while they wait for their new homes)
  • Cat behavior (what is Fluffy really trying to tell you and how will this help get her a new home?)
  • Creative adoption and fund raising programs that have worked for others–learn the dos and don'ts
  • And more!

Workshops are held in convenient and accessible locations to provide cutting edge adoption knowledge to under-served areas of the country. Petco Foundation has underwritten the costs of the workshop so that you and your colleagues can attend for only $10 per person ($20 for non Petfinder members). For more information go to

Animal Shelters in Petco stores

Many animal shelters are located in less heavily traveled or accessed areas of a community. This presents impediments to introducing loving adoptable animals to lots and lots of prospective pet parents. Through a unique partnership with Petco Animal Supplies and select animal welfare groups, we have created satellite animal shelter locations within local Petco stores. These mini-shelters are open whenever Petco is open and provide access to adoptable dogs, cats and other small animals by a very desirable demographic of potential animal adopters. Over the past year, these mini-shelters have yielded new homes for almost 6,000 pets.

Location Adoption Group Adoptable
Gilbert, AZ Furever Friends Rescue Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
El Cajon, CA San Diego Humane Society Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Fresno, CA Cat House on the Kings Cats and Other Animals
Sacramento, CA Sacramento SPCA Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
San Jose, CA Humane Society Silicon Valley Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Sunnyvale, CA Humane Society Silicon Valley Cats and Other Animals
Boca Raton, FL Humane Society of Broward County Cats and Dogs
South Miami, FL Humane Society of Broward County Cats and Dogs
Bloomingdale, IL PACT Humane Society Cats and Dogs
Highland Park, IL PAWS Chicago Cats and Dogs
Sterling Heights, MI Michigan Humane Society Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Watertown, NY SPCA of Jefferson County Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Johnson City, NY Every Dogs Dream Rescue Inc. Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
Alexandria, VA Last Chance Animal Rescue Cats and Dogs
Under Construction
Overland Park, KS
Sterling Heights, MI
Middletown, NJ
Kirkland, WA

The Petco Foundation is always striving to increase opportunities for marketing of adoptable animals. The Shelter within a store program is just one way to bring homeless animals together with suitable pet parents.

Disaster Relief Assistance

Disaster Relief

During fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters the Petco Foundation works directly with animal welfare agencies in the area to direct monetary and product donations to the places they are needed most. Many times we team up with Petco vendor partners to provide specific product assistance.

If you are an Animal Control, SPCA, Humane Society or Shelter addressing companion animal welfare issues in an area impacted a significant, natural disaster and are in immediate need of assistance, please contact:


Please note that Petco Foundation is not able to support individuals or groups that are not approved animal welfare entities.

Pet Food Banks

The Petco Foundation funds numerous organizations that are committed to ensuring our nations pets are well fed despite economic hardship. Sometimes the ability to feed a person's pet is the one thing that is standing between a person keeping that pet in a loving home and feeling there is no option but to leave them in a cold harsh shelter.

If you are in need of assistance or want to volunteer to help out at one of these partners, check out the list of Petco stores and their Food Bank partners.

Make-a-Wish Program ®

The Petco Foundation will assist Make-A-Wish with the enhancement of pet wishes by providing pet supplies for wish children who have wished for animals. Each qualified wish child will receive up to a $500 shopping spree in-store at their local Petco location. Products are selected by the wish child with the assistance of Petco store personel.


The Petco Foundation has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States' Humane Society Youth to provide KIND News in 1000 elementary schools nationwide. Through the Adopt-a-Classroom program Petco Foundation "adopts" elementary-school classes by providing them with gift subscriptions of KIND News.

Recognizing a child's natural love for animals, this award-winning classroom newspaper has reached two hundred million students nationwide and has become the most widely used humane education resource for teachers, parents, and animal sheltering professionals.

The colorful articles, short features, and fun activities teach children the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect. The emphasis in KIND News on proper pet care and wildlife appreciation grabs students' interest and makes abstract values like compassion, citizenship, and responsibility come alive!

KIND News is aligned with National Education Standards for the major subject areas and is used by teachers across the curriculum. A renewed focus on character education makes KIND News an especially valuable resource for teachers.