Hope is an important concept for hundreds of humane organizations and the animals that they help.
Now more than ever organizations that provide 'hope' and a second chance for companion animals need support. Many humane groups are experiencing significantly reduced funding as donors are making contributions to those helping individuals affected by the September 11, 2001, terrorists events.
During this holiday season approximately 560 PETCO stores from across the nation, as well as http://www.petco.com/ are joining the PETCO Foundation, a non-profit organization, to raise money to assist animal welfare organizations continue their programs of adoption, spay/neuter, humane education, veterinary subsidies, and animal assisted therapy.
From November 18 through December 24, 2001, the "Tree of Hope" campaign in PETCO stores will encourage pet loving people to donate $1, $5, $10 or $20. All donors in stores will receive a card stock cutout ornament that can be signed and displayed in the store or taken home as a reminder of their generosity. Customers making a donation of $20 or more will receive their choice of a keepsake dog or cat "magnet buddy" while supplies last. These were created to provide a lasting visual celebration of the human/animal bond and are exclusive to the PETCO Foundation.
Customers may also donate on-line to Tree of Hope 2001 through http://www.petco.com/ . "We are very excited to be able to offer our generous customers another way to help animals in need this holiday season," said Mike Woodard, PETCO Senior Vice President of Business Development. Petco.com is PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.'s e-tailing website offering thousands of items for pets.
"Tree of Hope" was established in 1999 by the PETCO Foundation. Last year's effort raised almost $1.3 million for more than 500 local animal welfare groups.
Hope to the Homeless Animals. PETCO targets grassroots organizations that provide direct care and support to companion animals as the major recipients for their "Tree of Hope" fundraiser.
"The 'Tree of Hope' fundraiser has become the major source of donations for many of the small, but very effective animal groups that we help," said Paul Jolly, PETCO Foundation's Director. "These are also the same groups that have been hit very hard by the general decline in charitable giving to local non profits. Please help us provide the 'HOPE' that these groups need to continue in their missions of making a positive difference in the lives of animals in need."
Local PETCO stores determine which animal welfare organizations in their communities to support and all proceeds raised in a local area stay in that community.
The PETCO Foundation was established in 1999 to support community organizations and efforts that enhance the lives of companion animals while strengthening the bond between people and their pets. Since inception more than $4.3 million has been donated to animal welfare organizations.
Contact: Don Cowan of PETCO, +1-858-657-2086,
Jolly of The PETCO Foundation, +1-626-287-0952,