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Love is Ageless – By Lori Fusaro

[caption id="attachment_8505" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sunny and her sister Gabby[/caption] 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 [...]

Meet Brent Morgan and the Two Best Decisions He Ever Made

[caption id="attachment_8335" align="alignleft" width="198"] Brent and Charlie[/caption] 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 [...]

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

[caption id="attachment_8027" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Mr. Wilson"][/caption] 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 [...]

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.

[caption id="attachment_7736" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Adorable dogs remain available for adoption. Please contact the stores for more information."][/caption] 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 [...]

The Story of Blue

[caption id="attachment_7620" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="Photo credit: http://www.andrewwongphoto.com/"][/caption] 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 [...]

Chicago Fans: Fosters Needed!

All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes.

[caption id="attachment_7594" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes."][/caption] 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 [...]

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.
[caption id="attachment_6843" align="alignleft" width="238" caption="Paul Jolly, Executive Director Petco Foundation"][/caption] That’s why it’s still hanging by the back door.  Every so often I take it outside, now on my mobility scooter, and patrol the yard the way we used to.  The squirrels and the rabbits aren’t as afraid of me as they were of her.  But they know, and Natasha knows, and I know, that the leash still connects me to her.
In my heart she will be my best pal forever.It has been my philosophy that no home is complete without a companion animal, nor is any heart.  Be sure and give them a special hug when you get home today.
Spring A Pet celebrates the Adoption Option.  Adoption partners are the recipients of donations from this fundraiser.  It honors the connection we have to all companion animals both past and present.
Your support, your donations, your enthusiasm make this fundraiser a success.  Thank you.
Paul Jolly is Executive Director of the Petco Foundation

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. [caption id="attachment_6797" align="alignright" width="247" caption="Returned three times, Otis was about to be euthanized when a miracle happened."][/caption] He was good looking and well mannered, so just what was it that caused him to be on the short list for euthanasia? Katy Reicks from Philadelphia believes it was because no one had the patience to deal with his special needs: Otis is deaf. She and her boyfriend had both grown up with dogs, but neither of them had one since they'd been adults. Now the time seemed right, so they began searching Petfinder.com for one to adopt. "I looked through hundreds of listings," Reicks says. "Then I clicked on a link for a pit bull mix named Otis. As soon as I saw his picture, my heart stopped. Iknew that I had found my dog." They contacted PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) and learned that Otis was scheduled to be euthanized the next day. The shelter put him "on hold" until we could meet him three days later," Reicks says. "As soon as we saw him, there was no question that we would take him home. We bonded with him immediately." The couple has has Otis for about four years now. "During that time, he has taught us things we could have never imagined," Reicks says. "We are more patient, kind and compassionate people." Otis, she says, brings them joy, laughter and unconditional love--and that has come as a time when she needed it most. Three years ago she became ill with Crohn's disease and has had 11 major surgeries. "Without Otis' companionship and care, I don't know where I'd be. His love, cuddles and kisses make life worth living." The adoption has been a win-win for both Otis and Reicks. Looking for your forever friend? Have an adoption story? Please share.  

Finding a Home for Mikey

Meet Mikey, an adorable special needs bird who found a special homeThe following story comes from our online adoption partner, Petfinder.com. Mikey the Cockatiel is a special needs bird. [caption id="attachment_6791" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Meet Mikey, an adorable special needs bird who found a special home"][/caption] 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, she and her parents went to meet him. Tiffany was smitten with Mikey immediately and arranged to adopt him. Not much was known about his history except that his previous person had dementia and could no longer care for Mikey. "I wasn't able to find out what type of food he was on previously or what treats he liked," Tiffany says. She knew things would be okay, though, when she opened the cage and he flew out and landed on her shoulder. "We kind of just learned together." She realized that his cage was not disabled-bird friendly, so she joined a bird forum, did research and learned about flat/platform perches. She knew at once that's what Mikey needed in his cage. Life is better for Mikey, and Tiffany says the joy he has brought to her is priceless. "I really could not imagine my life without him." Find your new forever friend. Have an adoption story of your own? Please share it with us!