Petco Teams Up with the San Diego Padres for Annual "Dog Days of Summer" Event

Professional athlete and pet parent Bucky Lasek will throw out the first pitch

May 26, 2015, 06:00 ET from Petco

SAN DIEGO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 11th year, Petco will welcome hundreds of dogs to Petco Park for the "Dog Days of Summer" event taking place on July 1, 2015. The event will give pet parents and their furry companions special access to the 12:40 p.m. baseball game as the San Diego Padres take on the Seattle Mariners.

Petco is currently accepting applications from interested pet parents at through May 30, 2015. All approved applicants will receive a free dog ticket and two complimentary human passes, which will be presented to the pet parent 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 10 a.m., and attendees who arrive early will be treated to a pre-game "Tail" Gate Party, which will feature pet friendly activities and vendor giveaways.

"One of our most-anticipated events, 'Dog Days of Summer' offers pets and their parents a unique opportunity to create memories, make new friends and bond with each other," said David Hallisey, Vice President, Communications at Petco. "While many of the pets who will be attending the event have wonderful homes, we also hope to bring awareness through the event to the millions of dogs who are still looking for their forever families."

Professional skateboarder, rallycross driver and 10-time X Games gold medalist Bucky Lasek will be throwing out the first pitch, and join fellow pet parents at the "Dog Days of Summer" Tailgate Party. Lasek's journey in adopting his German Shepherd mix, Jack, is profiled in the latest installation of Petco's "Think Adoption First" video series, which encourages potential pet parents to consider adopting from shelters and rescue organizations. Local San Diego adoption partners, San Diego Humane Society and Labrador and Friends, will be showcasing adoptable pets in hopes of finding their forever homes.

Pet parents are also encouraged to share photos of their pets celebrating their love of the Padres on Instagram using the hashtags #PadresPets and #SDinHD. One lucky winner will be awarded a prize pack including a $500 Petco gift card and Padres pet apparel.

For more information, please visit and join in on the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram conversation with #PetcoDogDays.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
Celebrating 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 1,400 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 120 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 The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 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.

Contact: Megan Oxford, / (858) 453-7845 x3314

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