'Spring-a-Pet' Raises $948,000 for Local Animal Shelters

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Giving companion animals a second
 chance at life is what the just concluded PETCO Foundation "Spring-a-Pet"
 fundraising campaign is all about.  The effort raised almost $950,000 for
 about 500 local animal shelters from across the nation.
     The PETCO Foundation is a non-profit organization established by PETCO in
 1999.  It sponsors events that give people a chance to help animals in their
 community.  Immediately following the success of the "Spring-a-Pet" fundraiser
 is the fourth annual National Pet Adoption Days campaign this Saturday and
 Sunday, April 21 and 22.  While there are ongoing adoption efforts underway at
 PETCO stores, this weekend campaign is an annual springtime event also
 dedicated to helping "Spring-a-Pet" and calling attention to the fact that
 animal shelters are a wonderful place from which to adopt a companion animal.
     Although the "Spring-a-Pet" money raised for welfare organizations will be
 used in a number of different ways, the concentration is on adoption.  Based
 on average costs for taking care of animals, including food, space and
 vaccines, this year's "Spring-a-Pet" revenue will give more than 15,000
 companion animals a chance for adoption.
     "Spring-a-Pet" allowed PETCO store customers to make a $1, $5, $10 or $20
 donation in exchange for a paper cutout bunny that was displayed in the store.
 Proceeds will go to more than 500 local animal welfare organizations who work
 with PETCO stores on an ongoing basis and who provide direct assistance to
 companion animals through programs like spay and neuter services and mobile
 adoption clinics.
     "The overwhelming response from our customers enables our charitable
 partners to build new shelters, implement animal assistance programs for the
 handicapped and feed animals, who would have otherwise gone hungry," said
 Lance Schwimmer, a PETCO Regional Manager whose region topped the nation in
 "Spring-a-Pet" revenue.  "I commend all our great associates, who are animal
 lovers themselves and truly believe in what the PETCO Foundation is doing.  We
 also thank all our customers who responded to our plea for their support of
 local animal shelters."
     According to PETCO Foundation Director, Paul Jolly, the "Spring-a-Pet"
 fundraiser received such a large response because it is focused on "helping
 local small groups, the ones actually touching and providing assistance to the
 animals.
     PETCO, based in San Diego, is a leading pet specialty retailer with more
 than 530 stores in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
 
     The PETCO Foundation was established in February 1999 to support community
 organizations and efforts that enhance the lives of companion animals while
 strengthening the bond between people and pets.  Since inception, more than
 $4.5 million have been raised through a variety of fundraising efforts.
 
 

SOURCE PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Giving companion animals a second
 chance at life is what the just concluded PETCO Foundation "Spring-a-Pet"
 fundraising campaign is all about.  The effort raised almost $950,000 for
 about 500 local animal shelters from across the nation.
     The PETCO Foundation is a non-profit organization established by PETCO in
 1999.  It sponsors events that give people a chance to help animals in their
 community.  Immediately following the success of the "Spring-a-Pet" fundraiser
 is the fourth annual National Pet Adoption Days campaign this Saturday and
 Sunday, April 21 and 22.  While there are ongoing adoption efforts underway at
 PETCO stores, this weekend campaign is an annual springtime event also
 dedicated to helping "Spring-a-Pet" and calling attention to the fact that
 animal shelters are a wonderful place from which to adopt a companion animal.
     Although the "Spring-a-Pet" money raised for welfare organizations will be
 used in a number of different ways, the concentration is on adoption.  Based
 on average costs for taking care of animals, including food, space and
 vaccines, this year's "Spring-a-Pet" revenue will give more than 15,000
 companion animals a chance for adoption.
     "Spring-a-Pet" allowed PETCO store customers to make a $1, $5, $10 or $20
 donation in exchange for a paper cutout bunny that was displayed in the store.
 Proceeds will go to more than 500 local animal welfare organizations who work
 with PETCO stores on an ongoing basis and who provide direct assistance to
 companion animals through programs like spay and neuter services and mobile
 adoption clinics.
     "The overwhelming response from our customers enables our charitable
 partners to build new shelters, implement animal assistance programs for the
 handicapped and feed animals, who would have otherwise gone hungry," said
 Lance Schwimmer, a PETCO Regional Manager whose region topped the nation in
 "Spring-a-Pet" revenue.  "I commend all our great associates, who are animal
 lovers themselves and truly believe in what the PETCO Foundation is doing.  We
 also thank all our customers who responded to our plea for their support of
 local animal shelters."
     According to PETCO Foundation Director, Paul Jolly, the "Spring-a-Pet"
 fundraiser received such a large response because it is focused on "helping
 local small groups, the ones actually touching and providing assistance to the
 animals.
     PETCO, based in San Diego, is a leading pet specialty retailer with more
 than 530 stores in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
 
     The PETCO Foundation was established in February 1999 to support community
 organizations and efforts that enhance the lives of companion animals while
 strengthening the bond between people and pets.  Since inception, more than
 $4.5 million have been raised through a variety of fundraising efforts.
 
 SOURCE  PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.