SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day, in every way, pet parents are there for their pet. A great pet parent shares a unique bond with their pet and goes out of their way to care for their physical, mental, social and emotional needs. To honor those special pet parents, Petco is calling on all the "Great Ones" out there to submit a short video or essay explaining why they're a great "mom" or "dad". Not only will five winners be selected to receive a cash prize, animal shelters will win too with a matching donation. The grand prize winner will receive $50,000 plus a $50,000 donation to the rescue organization of their choice. Before the contest comes to a close on August 25, 2013, become a shelter pet's very own "Great One" by saving their life through adoption during Petco's National Adoption Weekend taking place August 10-11, 2013.
The human animal bond is stronger and more prevalent today than it has ever been, making caring for and loving our pets an everyday way of life. But, being a great pet parent means so much more than feeding pets the right nutrition. Take colorful and enthusiastic Great One contest finalist Tina from North Liberty, IA, for instance. Tina is a great pet parent because she makes sure her pets' physical, mental, social and emotional needs are met everyday. Tina is an avid animal rescuer and her family includes three dogs: Hug-A-Pug, Bear and Goblin, a cat named Sticky Kitty, Hamlet the Hamster, Ninja the Turtle and a goldfish named Pebbles. From exercising on outdoor obstacle courses and daily grooming, to socializing and spending lots of quality time with her pets, Tina truly has all her pets' complete health in mind. According to Tina's video submission, if she wins she plans to build a dog care facility on her farm, which means that 100 percent of both grand prizes will go directly to giving dogs a better life. To find out more about Petco's Be A Great One contest, visit the Petco Facebook page or go to wholepets.petco.com/greatone.
For those ready to welcome a new pet into their home and become a great one themselves, Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations nationwide will be hosting adoption events the weekend of August 10-11, 2013. To help get new pet parents off on the right paw, Bayer® will be sponsoring Petco's National Adoption Weekend and plans to give adopting pet parents a free flea prevention starter kit (while supplies last), as well as coupons to use on their next purchase of K-9 Advantix II for dogs or Advantage II for cats and/or dogs.
Pet adoption times may vary, so it's recommended to contact the nearest location for adoption hours. For more information, visit petco.com/adoptions.
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that provides the products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,200 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including more than 50 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop, and www.petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $110 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 350,000 animals every year.