PETCO 'Rounds Up' Support for Katrina's Animal Victims; Donations Still Needed for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Sep 08, 2005, 01:00 ET from PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of the growing need
 for financial assistance in the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast, PETCO Animal
 Supplies, Inc. and the PETCO Foundation are urging the community to make
 donations towards animal rescue and relief efforts.
     When Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, the PETCO Foundation
 initiated an emergency "round up" fundraiser at all 750+ PETCO stores
 nationwide.  Upon grasping the scope of the disaster, the Foundation contacted
 major animal disaster teams, making them aware of the open offer of
 assistance.
     Thanks to the generosity of PETCO customers, vendors, and associates,
 in-store and online donations have pushed the 10-day total past $600,000.
 However, animal needs in the Gulf Coast are sure to surpass this amount, and
 relief efforts call for greater financial support.
     "The Katrina catastrophe has presented an overwhelming challenge for
 people and pets alike, and even more assistance will be needed to properly
 rescue and care for these animals," said Paul Jolly, Vice President and
 Director of the PETCO Foundation.  "The real work will begin in the weeks and
 months to come as we collectively begin the daunting task of rebuilding animal
 welfare organizations in the area."
     Donations to the PETCO Foundation have helped fund the transfer of food,
 supplies, crates, and pet beds to animal welfare organizations who have
 rescued displaced animals.  The PETCO Foundation has also helped individual
 pet parents and families, who lost their belongings, care for their companion
 animals.
     "The outpouring of support has been truly awe-inspiring," Jolly said.  "A
 very young customer came into one of our Missouri stores with a jar full of
 change and donated all the money she was saving up for Christmas, bringing the
 associate to tears because she was so touched."
     A PETCO store in Little Rock, AR provided free self-service baths for the
 animals of hurricane evacuees, and an associate at the Monroe, LA location
 personally found shelter for a family that was rendered homeless by the storm.
     The PETCO Foundation has also partnered with the American Humane
 Association to activate its Disaster Response big rig that facilitated the
 cross-country delivery of much-needed supplies to animal welfare groups in the
 Gulf Coast and became a command center for disaster teams.  In addition, the
 PETCO Foundation continues to partner with the Humane Society of the United
 States, the ASPCA, and Best Friends in their coordinated efforts to help
 animals in the area.
     The in-store fundraiser will run through September 11, but customers can
 continue to donate to the PETCO Foundation's disaster relief fund on
 PETCO.com.
 
     PETCO (Nasdaq:   PETC) is a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food,
 supplies and services with a commitment to quality animal care and education.
 PETCO's strategy is to offer its customers a complete assortment of pet-
 related products and services at competitive prices, with superior levels of
 customer service at convenient locations, by hiring pet lovers and training
 them to become counselors to our pet-loving customers.  PETCO operates more
 than 750 neighborhood stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as
 well as a leading destination for on-line pet food and supplies at
 www.petco.com.  The PETCO Foundation, PETCO's non-profit organization, has
 raised more than $24 million since inception in 1999.  More than 3,000 non-
 profit grassroots animal welfare organizations from around the nation have
 received support from the Foundation.
 
 

SOURCE PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In light of the growing need
 for financial assistance in the hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast, PETCO Animal
 Supplies, Inc. and the PETCO Foundation are urging the community to make
 donations towards animal rescue and relief efforts.
     When Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, the PETCO Foundation
 initiated an emergency "round up" fundraiser at all 750+ PETCO stores
 nationwide.  Upon grasping the scope of the disaster, the Foundation contacted
 major animal disaster teams, making them aware of the open offer of
 assistance.
     Thanks to the generosity of PETCO customers, vendors, and associates,
 in-store and online donations have pushed the 10-day total past $600,000.
 However, animal needs in the Gulf Coast are sure to surpass this amount, and
 relief efforts call for greater financial support.
     "The Katrina catastrophe has presented an overwhelming challenge for
 people and pets alike, and even more assistance will be needed to properly
 rescue and care for these animals," said Paul Jolly, Vice President and
 Director of the PETCO Foundation.  "The real work will begin in the weeks and
 months to come as we collectively begin the daunting task of rebuilding animal
 welfare organizations in the area."
     Donations to the PETCO Foundation have helped fund the transfer of food,
 supplies, crates, and pet beds to animal welfare organizations who have
 rescued displaced animals.  The PETCO Foundation has also helped individual
 pet parents and families, who lost their belongings, care for their companion
 animals.
     "The outpouring of support has been truly awe-inspiring," Jolly said.  "A
 very young customer came into one of our Missouri stores with a jar full of
 change and donated all the money she was saving up for Christmas, bringing the
 associate to tears because she was so touched."
     A PETCO store in Little Rock, AR provided free self-service baths for the
 animals of hurricane evacuees, and an associate at the Monroe, LA location
 personally found shelter for a family that was rendered homeless by the storm.
     The PETCO Foundation has also partnered with the American Humane
 Association to activate its Disaster Response big rig that facilitated the
 cross-country delivery of much-needed supplies to animal welfare groups in the
 Gulf Coast and became a command center for disaster teams.  In addition, the
 PETCO Foundation continues to partner with the Humane Society of the United
 States, the ASPCA, and Best Friends in their coordinated efforts to help
 animals in the area.
     The in-store fundraiser will run through September 11, but customers can
 continue to donate to the PETCO Foundation's disaster relief fund on
 PETCO.com.
 
     PETCO (Nasdaq:   PETC) is a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food,
 supplies and services with a commitment to quality animal care and education.
 PETCO's strategy is to offer its customers a complete assortment of pet-
 related products and services at competitive prices, with superior levels of
 customer service at convenient locations, by hiring pet lovers and training
 them to become counselors to our pet-loving customers.  PETCO operates more
 than 750 neighborhood stores in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as
 well as a leading destination for on-line pet food and supplies at
 www.petco.com.  The PETCO Foundation, PETCO's non-profit organization, has
 raised more than $24 million since inception in 1999.  More than 3,000 non-
 profit grassroots animal welfare organizations from around the nation have
 received support from the Foundation.
 
 SOURCE  PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.