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PETCO(TM) Hosts National Adoption Weekend to Help the 5-7 Million Animals Entering Shelters Yearly

SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

SAN DIEGO, May 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

WHAT: To help the 5-7 million companion animals that enter shelters every year find homes, every PETCO™ store nationwide will host pet adoption events the weekend May 14-15, 2011. The events will provide animal lovers across the nation the chance to meet many adoptable animals, learn about area animal adoption groups and more about PETCO's Think Adoption First program.

The Blue Buffalo Company sponsored National Adoption Weekend will also aim to raise awareness and funds for the Morris Animal Foundation, a leading researcher and treatment organization for pet cancer. Sadly, cancer affects pets almost as much as their human companions - at least one in four dogs over the age of two will die from cancer with cats sharing similar statistics. Actress Betty White has gotten on board for a special in-store PSA to let customers know that for each bag of Blue Buffalo dog or cat food purchased at PETCO stores across the country, one dollar will be donated to the Foundation during the month of May. Donations of any amount will also be accepted at PETCO registers and at  www.petco.com/petcancerawareness , so customers can contribute as much as they would like.

WHEN:  Saturday and Sunday May 14-15, 2011 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    
WHERE:  All PETCO stores. Check with stores for exact times and adoption event details. Visit www.petco.com/storelocator to find a location.
    
VISUALS:  Great visuals of adoptable animals

Interviews with adoption groups and new pet parents

Information on Morris Animal Foundation and their contributions to pet cancer awareness and research
    
For general information on PETCO National Pet Adoption events, visit http://www.petco.com/adoptions

CONTACT:

Mia West
619.501.2756
mwest@west-pr.com   

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