The Petco Foundation grants totaling more than $30 million in funding for animal welfare is the highest annual funding total in the foundation’s history. The financial grants are in addition to $2 million in product donations. In total, 2770 organizations across the U.S. benefited. A primary focus in 2015 was supporting organizations that inspire and transform their communities to reduce euthanasia of pets.
Recipients recognized for their lifesaving achievements and their relentless determination to eliminate needless euthanasia of animals in their communities include:
LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta-based, private non-profit that took over operations of two county facilities just a few years ago when euthanasia rates were over 65%. Because LifeLine has been able to inspire the community to participate in their lifesaving work, they are saving close to 90% of the 16,000 animals they care for each year at two of Atlanta’s oldest sheltering facilities.
Kansas City Pet Project, a newly formed organization that created excitement and hope for Kansas City and the 10,000-plus animals entering their city shelter. After assuming operations in 2012, the Kansas City Pet Project has been saving over 90% of the animals and has put their city on the national map as a leader and example of a successful lifesaving community.
Front Street Animal Shelter, the City of Sacramento animal shelter that has put itself on the map for its creative outreach activities. Efforts have spurred an entire community to take action and participate by fostering and volunteering to help care for more than 11,000 community animals each year. Front Street’s approach has made it one of the most engaging city shelters and created an international social media following that has contributed to the increase in its lifesaving rate from just 25% five years ago to 83% today.
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), led by Jen Brause, whose determination to succeed despite very unfavorable conditions has been nothing less than heroic in changing the horrific 98% euthanasia rate in 2005 into a 85% save rate through the early part of 2016. BARCS is striving to save even more of the 11,000-plus animals entering its facility annually.
The Petco Foundation, believes that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999,more than $167 million has been invested with more than 4,000 animal welfare partners. The goal is to inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We operate more than 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com which is a partner with iGive.com.
Petco, a specialty pet food, supplies and services retailer and iGive partner, was awarded a Grand Energy Champion Award by the San Diego Gas & Electric Company for its dedication to energy sustainability at its national support center.
The company took over a 300,000-square-foot semi-conductor plant and relocated its’ Petco support center. The pet-friendly, energy-efficient building increases employee interaction and productivity — allowing for better team building through the use of common spaces throughout the building. It includes more than 75 skylights and nearly 3,000 solar panels on the roof. These updates provide natural lighting and allow the building lighting systems to run at half capacity. The building’s energy efficiency is further accented by drought tolerant landscaping and electric car charging stations for employee use.
“Petco’s two key goals when we started this project were to use the least amount of energy possible for our needs and to minimize the long-term impact it has on the environment,” said Charlie Piscitello, Petco’s Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, “Our company, our people, our culture and this wonderful facility are all a reflection of our commitment to our vision of healthier pets, happier people and better world.”
For more information about Petco and its San Diego-based national support center, visit about.petco.com.
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $135 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.
Petco and the San Diego Padres are once again welcoming man’s best friend to Petco Park for the annual “Dog Days of Summer” event so that pet parents and their four-legged friends can enjoy America’s favorite past time together! On June 2, 2016, hundreds of pet parents and their furry companions will gain special access to Petco Park as the San Diego Padres take on the Seattle Mariners.
Interested pet parents are invited to show off their Padres spirit by submitting an application on www.padres.com/dogdays now through April 30, 2016. Approved applicants will receive a free dog ticket and two complimentary human passes, which pet parents can pick up at the event. All attendees must be pre-approved, no passes will be approved the day of the event. Gates to the event open at 3 p.m. PT, at which time pets and pet parents can enjoy themselves at the pre-game “Tail” Gate Party. Additionally, local San Diego adoption partners will be present showcasing adoptable pets in hopes of finding them forever homes.
Now in its 12th year, the annual celebration will also kick-off Petco Park’s expanded dog-friendly programs, including the popular weekly adoption events held at the “Park in the Park” during every Sunday home game. Local animal welfare organizations, including the San Diego Humane Society, Second Chance Dog Rescue and Helen Woodward Animal Center will be on-site throughout more than five games this season to help deserving animals find their forever homes. For the past 12 years, these home game adoption events have helped hundreds of shelter pets find homes.
“We are thrilled to kick off the annual ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event and look forward to finding forever homes for shelter pets through our Adoption Sunday events throughout the season,” said David Hallisey, vice president, communications at Petco. “We’re also working closely with the Padres to enhance the overall experience for pets and their pet parents and plan to share more details on some exciting new developments with fans very soon.”
Pet parents are encouraged to share photos of their pets celebrating their love of the Padres on Instagram using the hashtags #PadresPets. Every month one lucky winner will be awarded a $100 Petco gift card.
Fans are invited to join in on the conversation with the hashtag #PetcoDogDays.
About Petco and the Petco Foundation With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $135 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.
Petmate®, the worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, and country music superstar Miranda Lambert are teaming up to launch the new MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert brand at Global Pet Expo March 16-18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Every purchase will help fund rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation™, the organization established by Miranda and her mother Beverly Lambert in 2009.
Miranda’s love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life. Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started “Cause for the Paws,” a yearly fundraiser now in its 8th year.
“The creation of MuttNation is a dream come true. It’s an extension of me and my mom’s love for all dogs and our goal of helping every dog find a happy, loving home,” says Miranda. “We are beyond thrilled to have Petmate as a committed and trustworthy partner that shares that same vision. There are millions of beautiful dogs looking for homes and it is our hope that in addition to raising money, we will raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet.”
The comprehensive collection of bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, feeding and watering products reflect Miranda’s lifestyle. The product unites a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair. The vintage prints and antique hardware are inspirations of Miranda Lambert’s signature look.
One of the highlights is the Rescue Mutts collection of six plush puppies – each toy puppy was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog’s adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda’s heart as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.
Petmate has always supported rescue and adoption efforts. “This partnership represents a major commitment to help put a stop to the epidemic of homeless pets sweeping our nation,” says Chris Wilson, the company’s executive vice president for product development. “We are so excited to create a collection that provides ongoing support for MuttNation Foundation. The MuttNation product line truly reflects Miranda’s lifestyle and her passion for pets.”
Toys In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features hand-crafted, mixed material toys with a Boho style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play. Miranda uttfans will love the suede feel plush tambourines for chew play, guitars and animal favorites including a unicorn, flamingo, rooster and armadillo for tugging. Perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, the molded rubber guitar can hold small treats stashed inside for hours of entertainment.
Bedding The bedding collection has a down-home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home. The superstar of the line is a tooled leather styled lounger with Petmate’s signature Dig & Burrow feature that taps into dogs’ love for nesting. The line rounds out with loungers, pillow beds, and irresistibly soft cuddlers in pink plaids, brown cow prints, denim, and a custom bandana print.
Collars and Leashes The collars and leashes collection features a blend of “Country” and “Rock & Roll.” Collars are custom fit, with mixed material feels like denim and leather, tassels and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware. The standout Bandana Neckerchief collars embrace the Americana spirit of country life.
Watering and Feeding This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints. The square melamine bowls bring a nostalgic tone to the line while the rustic crock bowls tap into country chic.
About Petmate Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families. The company’s vision, to be the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, encapsulates its commitment to deliver award-winning, innovative ideas daily to each of its product categories including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel. Petmate’s portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet, Chuckit!, Dogzilla, Jackson Galaxy and JW. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.
About MuttNation Foundation Founded in December 2009, MuttNation Foundation is a donation-supported organization working to end pet suffering and homelessness.
Formed by Bev Lambert and Miranda Lambert, the charity volunteers and partners with shelters and animal assistance organizations to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, and education. As a family operated 501(c) 3 organization, their goal is to ensure that every single dollar donated assists animals in need.
The Foundation’s mission is to raise funds through donations from the officers and directors of the Foundation and the general public, through direct donations, occasional benefit concerts, and other fundraising mechanisms in order to support other 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals; and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs. For more information, visit www.muttnationfoundation.com
About Global Pet Expo Global Pet Expo, presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), is the pet industry’s largest annual trade show featuring the newest, most innovative pet products on the market today. The 2015 Show featured 1,051 exhibitors, 3,113 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 6,061 of the most qualified pet product buyers in the industry attended the Show, including an impressive number of international retailers. In 2016, Global Pet Expo will take place March 16-18 in Orlando, Florida. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. This show is not open to the general public.