'Spring a Pet' Raises Money for Homeless Cats

Petco Foundation's campaign aims to raise $3 million for shelters nationwide.

Posted: April 8, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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The "Spring a Pet" fundraiser comes at a time of year when shelters are swamped with litters of unwanted kittens.
With the arrival of spring comes the launch of the Petco Foundation’s “Spring a Pet” campaign, an annual fundraiser that supports animal rescues nationwide.

From now through April 30, people have a chance to help the 5-7 million animals that enter the shelter system every year, according to Petco Foundation.  “Spring a Pet” offers a chance to support animal- welfare groups and their efforts to get homeless pets adopted.

To participate, people can buy donation cards in amounts of $5, $10 and $20; round up their purchase at Petco registers nationwide to donate the difference; or make an online gift. In previous years, the campaign has raised more than $1 million.

This year, said spokeswoman Kalen Smith, “we’re going for $3 million.” She added that this time of year is a good time to raise money for animal shelters because of kitten season, which starts in spring and swamps animal shelters with homeless litters.

The weakened economic climate makes this a growing concern for the foundation. “Spring a Pet” donations will fund programs such as spay/neuter clinics as well as initiatives to find homes for thousands of animals.

The foundation has again teamed with the makers of Pedigree dog food who — for every purchase of $25 or more of Pedigree products at Petco stores or on petco.com — will donate $1 to the Petco Foundation.

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momo    anaheim, CA

4/8/2009 10:10:56 PM

good idea

kit    avon, CT

4/8/2009 7:20:25 PM

good idea

Karen    Standish, ME

4/8/2009 7:14:32 PM

We have local kitten showers to raise money for the local shelter.

Liz    Farmington, MN

4/8/2009 6:13:30 PM

$3 million is a great goal. I hope it's achieved.

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