15 March 2010

PETCO launches nationwide Pet Food Bank collection program

The PETCO Foundation, in conjunction with PETCO, is building a nationwide network of pet food banks to help pet owners during times of economic struggle. All PETCO Foundation Pet Food Bank program donations will be distributed to struggling pet parents through local food banks or animal welfare groups.

"Today, more than ever, pets are part of the family; and we don't believe anyone should have to go through the pain of giving them up because of financial distress," said Paul Jolly, the PETCO Foundation's Executive Director. "With PETCO stores across the country visited every day by people who love and care for pets, we saw a huge opportunity to help prevent people from having to make such a heart-wrenching choice."

Pet food collection bins will be added to PETCO stores across the nation and will serve as the collection point for pet food and cat litter donations. Items brought from home or purchased in the store will be accepted. The first phase of the bin rollouts begins this week with more than 250 participating stores. PETCOs in San Diego, Chicago, Orlando, and New York City are ready to start accepting donations today. The second and third phases will continue throughout the spring.

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