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Love is Ageless – By Lori Fusaro

Sunny and her sister Gabby

I’m a professional pet photographer and have been photographing pampered pets for over a decade. I am blessed to have a job that allows me to combine my two passions—animals and photography. But part of me felt like I could be giving more to the homeless pets that [...]

Meet Brent Morgan and the Two Best Decisions He Ever Made

Brent and Charlie

Brent Morgan and his family are the $50,000 Grand Prize Winners of the Petco Great Ones contest.  We were lucky enough to fly out to Madison, Alabama, where we presented  them with the check and got to know them a little better.

Upon his return to San Diego, Ryan Reid, [...]

Things to Consider if You Plan on Bringing Home a Rabbit This Easter

Mr. Wilson

Spring has officially begun, which means Easter is just around the corner.  If you are thinking of gifting or bringing home a live bunny, here are a few facts you might want to consider first:

Temperament and personality vary from rabbit to rabbit, meaning not all rabbits want to be held, [...]

A Year of Hope, a Year of Wonder

I have worked at Petco for almost 35 years now and at the Petco Foundation for 12 of those years. Two questions that I am continually asked are, “How do you deal with the sadness when you can’t help?” and “How can you work at the Petco Foundation and not bring all the animals [...]

Chicago Mega-Adoption Event Continues

Adorable dogs remain available for adoption. Please contact the stores for more information.

Adorable dogs remain available for adoption. Please contact the stores for more information.

More than 170 happy dogs were adopted this past weekend at our Chicago-area  Mega Adoption event held at our Elmhurst and Schaumburg stores.  The dogs, most of which were medium to large breed, were rescued by TAILS Humane Society in [...]

The Story of Blue

Photo credit: http://www.andrewwongphoto.com/

This is the story of Blue, a sweet 16-year-old pit bull who found himself at the Lancaster Animal Shelter back in March.  He came to the shelter as an owner surrender with a laundry list of issues such as deafness, difficulty walking possibly due to tumors on his spine, trouble [...]

Chicago Fans: Fosters Needed!

All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes.

All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes.

Dear Chicago-area fans:

Oklahoma shelters are currently overwhelmed by large and medium breed adult dogs. In an effort to save many of these dogs, one of our charitable partners, TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb, IL, is planning to rescue 200+ medium and large breed [...]

The Red Leash

My nephews and some of their friends came to stay at my house recently.  It never fails, but they love to walk my dogs and of course, the dogs just love it too.“Where do you keep the leashes?” they asked.  I pointed them to the rack beside the back door.  Just as they were reaching for the red one I stopped them and said, “That was Natasha’s only, use one of the others.”  They exchanged glances (after all Natasha, the Sheltie, had been gone for some time), chose another leash, then left in a noisy rush.
Of course I always called the red leash Natasha’s but it was really for me.
We used it when she took me for my walks.  She tugged in the direction she wanted to go and we usually went that way.  And it let people know that we were together.  When, as often happened, someone would stop and say, “What a beautiful dog,” I was so proud to be on the other end of that leash.
She didn’t need it when we went to the field behind our house though, and she made those Frisbee catches, or when she was running down the ball like a hustling shortstop.  Or when she was bounding through the tall grass or running full speed down the path, and then back again to make sure I was still there.  And of course, it wouldn’t have been dignified to be dragging a leash while chasing the seagulls at the beach.
And she doesn’t need it now.  She has probably gotten a gang together, like her “brothers and sisters” at home, and the games have already begun.  No leashes, no collars, just the freedom to be the best dog ever, which is what she was, what she always will be.
Natasha doesn’t need the leash, but I still do. Continue reading »

Otis Finds a Home…Finally

Returned three times, Otis was about to be euthanized when a miracle happened.

This story comes from Petco’s online adoption partner, Petfinder.com

Otis’s days were numbered. He’d been at the shelter for quite some time and, in fact, had been adopted three times and returned each time.

Returned three times, Otis was about to be euthanized when a miracle happened.

He was good looking and well mannered, so just what was it that caused him to be on the short list for euthanasia? Continue reading »

Finding a Home for Mikey

Meet Mikey, an adorable special needs bird who found a special home

The following story comes from our online adoption partner, Petfinder.com.

Mikey the Cockatiel is a special needs bird.

Meet Mikey, an adorable special needs bird who found a special home

He is missing toes on one foot, making perching hard, if not impossible. He was listed on Petfinder.com by Bergen County (N.J.) Animal Shelter, and when Tiffany Leonard of Ridgefield Park, N.J. saw his photo and story, Continue reading »