SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Petco today released a new video in their "Think Adoption First" video series starring actress and pet parent Jamie Chung. Chung's video chronicles the wonderful impact that her adopted pet pooch, Ewok, has had on her life. The new video is part of Petco's larger Think Adoption First initiative, affirming the company's commitment to supporting pet adoption efforts and encouraging pet parents to consider embracing a homeless pet in place of purchasing one.
"Opening my heart and home to an animal in need was the obvious choice and the special bond Ewok and I share is more than I could've dreamed," said Jamie Chung. "Ewok has definitely changed my life in the best way possible and seeing his playful personality develop has been so heartwarming. I encourage everyone who is thinking of welcoming a pet into their family to adopt, not shop."
"Our commitment to helping find shelter pets a loving, forever home is at the forefront of our Think Adoption First mission," said David Hallisey, Petco Vice President, Communications. "We are thrilled to have Jamie share her story and are hopeful that her message about the unique love Ewok brought her and her family will encourage interested pet parents to visit the monthly adoption events at Petco stores nationwide."
Petco's monthly in-store adoption events help unite pets with their forever families and also provide new pet parents with tips on how to welcome a new furry friend into their home. This month, Petco's adoption events will be held nationwide on March 5 and March 6. For more information about local adoption events in your area, visit www.petco.com/adoptions.
Petco and the Petco Foundation support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country via monthly in-store adoption events. To date, Petco has helped more than 4.5 million pets find homes through the nationwide adoption events at local Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores. Furthermore, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $135 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals.
To view all of the videos in the Think Adoption First series, featuring notable pet parents including singer, actress and dancer Sutton Foster and Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres, visit Petco.com/YouTube. Additionally, new pet parents are encouraged to check out Petco's Welcome to the Family program as they embark on great adventures with the newest addition to their family.
About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With 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; 10 Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; 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.