SAN ANTONIO, April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Petco Foundation, a leader and valued partner in animal welfare, today announced that award-winning entrepreneur Daymond John will be joining the organization's Board of Directors.
A life-long animal lover, John first found a calling for animal welfare causes through his interactions with dogs sheltered at a no-kill facility operated by his stepfather in New York – a facility which continues its lifesaving efforts to this day. He currently has two Dachshunds named Blake and Spartan, and also raises guinea hens and shelters over 1,000,000 bees on his property in upstate New York.
"I'm honored to have the opportunity to work with the Petco Foundation team, a first class organization made up of passionate advocates dedicated to the welfare of animals," said John. "In my personal life, I have always looked for ways to support animals and have been fortunate to use Shark Tank as an opportunity to invest in businesses that create a better life for pets and their owners. I am excited for the road ahead and working with the rest of the Petco Foundation team."
Best known for his pioneering work as CEO and Founder of much-celebrated global lifestyle brand FUBU, as well as his role as a Shark on the Emmy Award-winning TV show Shark Tank, John will join an esteemed board in helping to shape the future of the Foundation's lifesaving efforts across the country. This addition comes as the Foundation has eclipsed a $185MM milestone in total contributions since its inception in 1999.
"We are thrilled to welcome Daymond John to our Board of Directors and look forward to the depth of expertise and awareness he'll bring to our cause," said Charlie Piscitello, Board President of the Petco Foundation. "As we reflect on the milestone of $185MM invested in animal welfare, we are thankful to the countless number who have been critical to our efforts and heartened by the continued outpouring of support in our mission to raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them. We have proven that small acts of kindness, like a few dollars donated each time you shop, collectively, results in big impact to save animal lives."
Recent investments place heavy emphasis on organizations that inspire and transform their communities to take action towards reducing euthanasia and implementing programs that save lives. Organizations receiving recent lifesaving investments include:
- Charleston Animal Society, an organization that became the first lifesaving community in South Carolina in 2013 and didn't stop there. They used their Petco Foundation investment to launch No Kill South Carolina - a statewide initiative to bring training, support and resources to more than 350 animal organizations across the state.
- Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), New York City's only open-admission animal shelter, which has tirelessly worked to save more lives through innovative pet retention initiatives and improved medical care, that ended 2016 with a lifesaving rate of more than 89%--an all-time high for the city.
- HeartsSpeak, a global network of artists and photographers donating their time and talents to animal welfare organizations across the nation ensuring shelter pets are seen.
The Petco Foundation directs many of its investments to organizations that are significantly under-resourced for the number of animals that depend on them, providing the crucial funding necessary to save lives. Like the more than $500,000 invested to aid in the recovery and rebuilding efforts of animal welfare organizations in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area who were devastated by 2016 record-setting floods.
To learn more about the Foundation and ways to contribute to lifesaving causes, visit www.petcofoundation.org.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we've invested more than $185 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we 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. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we've helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we're just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
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 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; 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 $185 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.
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