12 October 2011

Petco presents second annual Petco Foundation Pet Food Drive

We are so thankful for the furry critters in our lives, so why not do a little something extra for them this Thanksgiving season? So many families and their pets are going hungry around the world, and there is something we can do to help the animals -- who sometimes get forgotten  -- this holiday season.

Petco and the Petco Foundation are looking for volunteers to help at their second annual National Pet Food Drive, which starts October 30 and goes through November 13. Anyone interested in volunteering can register online, and the best part is that it can be done at any of the 1,100 Petco stores nationwide! Volunteer opportunities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 30, November 5, 6, 12, and 13. Which shift will you choose?

Since the launch of the National Pet Food Bank program in early 2010 nearly one million pounds of pet food and litter have been donated to those in need. Hill’s Science Diet will also match every bag of dog and cat food donated at Petco stores during the time of the drive, all the way up to 100,000 pounds.

Animals can’t speak for themselves, and Petco is speaking up for them in hopes to continue keeping those furry tails wagging.

"Our national food bank program makes it easy for people to help keep pets well-nourished and with the families who love them in tough economic times," said Paul Jolly, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. "We believe no one should have to give up their pet companions due to financial distress, and our associates and customers agree. During this year's two-week national drive, we're asking the communities we serve to give a little extra, both in food donations and by volunteering, to help raise awareness for this important year-round program."

To register as a volunteer as this wonderful event, please go to petco.volunteermatch.org and select “Petco Foundation Pet Food Drive.” Volunteers are able to choose the location and volunteer time of their choice, and will also be able to sign up for future volunteer opportunities. If you’re unable to volunteer, you can still do your part by donating, which will also be much appreciated.

To find a Petco location near you, visit http://www.petco.com/.

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Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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