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:
Petfinder.com 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:
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 www.petfinder.com.
The Petco Foundation teams up with local animal welfare groups, feral cat organizations and the ASPCA to bring this intensive workshop on feral cat management to communities that need it. These day-long seminars are offered at a fraction of the price that would normally be incurred if attending a large animal welfare conference. Attendees of Cat Trap Depot workshops get the benefit of hearing from 3-4 speakers from a diverse set of points of view - from animal control, to feral cat coalitions, to ASPCA, and veterinary perspectives. A vegetarian breakfast and lunch, t-shirts, prizes, a cat trap and more are provided to all participants.
Specifically addressed is the approach of TNR (Trap Neuter Return) and the benefits that this approach offer to the local community. Participants receive, and learn how to use, their very own Tru-Catch trap.
Workshops are held in convenient and accessible locations to provide cutting edge adoption knowledge to under-served areas of the country.
For more information about upcoming Cat Trap Depots, see our Petco Foundation Events Calendar.
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. In 2012 alone, these mini-shelters yielded new homes for 3,492 pets.
|Sunnyvale, CA||Humane Society Silicon Valley||Cats and Other Animals|
|Saratoga, CA||Humane Society Silicon Valley||Cats and Other Animals|
|Bloomingdale, IL||PACT Humane Society||Cats and Dogs|
|Boca Raton, FL||Humane Society of Broward County||Cats and Dogs|
|Miami Dadeland, FL||Humane Society of Broward County||Cats and Dogs|
|Sterling Heights, MI||Michigan Humane Society||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 Dogs|
|Sac Arden, CA||Sacramento SPCA||Cats, Dogs and Other Animals|
|Watertown, NY||SPCA of Jefferson County||Cats, Dogs and Other Animals|
|Johnson City, NY||Every Dogs Dream||Cats, Dogs and Other Animals|
|Alexandria, VA||Commonwealth Humane Society||Cats and Dogs|
|Highland Park, IL||PAWS Chicago||Cats and Dogs|
|North Gilbert, AZ||Furever Friends Animal Rescue||Cats, Dogs and Other Animals|
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.
A large part of the work of the Petco Foundation entails enabling rescues and shelters of all sizes to continue to enhance what they are already doing. In support of our partners, we have granted a fleet of over 45 adoption, transport, animal control and spay/neuter vans, trucks and trailers. With the help of the thousands of groups saving and improving animal's lives, far more work can be done than if we tried to personally staff vehicles ourselves. When there is a need anywhere in the country, the vans and trucks are already in place. Especially with gas prices today, it is wonderful not to have to drive long distances to get a transport van into a battered area.
Vehicles that we grant serve a variety of purposes depending on the needs of the organization requesting it:
The next time you see a van or truck out there doing valuable animal welfare work in your community, pat yourselves on the back because there is a likelihood that your donations helped to make that work possible - whether or not you see the familiar Petco Foundation logo on the outside.
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During fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters the Petco Foundation works directly with identified lead 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, or we can conduct regional/national fundraisers addressing a particular disaster.
Disaster can also take the form of a unique hardship affecting a particular animal shelter or rescue such as participating in an animal hoarder bust or closing down a puppy mill operation. In these situations the resources of the local shelters or rescues may already be stretched to their limits and, in order to respond to the crisis, some type of relief is needed.
If you are a lead agency in the area for a natural disaster or lead agency responding to a hoarding or puppy mill intervention and are in immediate need of disaster assistance, please contact:
Petco Foundation Disaster Relief Manager
Email: (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please note that Petco Foundation is not able to support individuals or groups that are not approved non-profit entities.
The Petco Foundation is endeavoring to fund local programs that address the looming difficult financial climate with our "We Are Family Too" fund. This is in response to the increase in surrendered animals being experienced by animal shelter due to foreclosures and evictions. The Foundation is providing seed funds to programs that help families stay together with their companion animals during these hard economic times.
Typical programs eligible for funding may include:
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.
Realizing that many of Petco's adoption partners are asked to shoulder the responsibility and costs of animals abandoned at Petco stores, the Petco Foundation provides funding to compensate the expenses incurred by these types of rescues. The requirements are that the Petco Foundation be immediately notified when these situations occur so that we may become a partner with the designated adoption groups in determining the needs of the abandoned animal and facilitate compensation.
The Petco Foundation also funds stationary adoption centers in approved Petco stores. The centers are donated to local adoption groups to maintain and care for.
The Petco Foundation has partnered with the Make A Wish organization to assist in the fulfillment of Wishes that involve companion animals. Wish Children are treated to a $500 shopping spree at the Petco store of their choice. Products are selected by the Wish Child or by their representative with the assistance of Petco store personnel.
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.