The Petco Foundation Partners with Skechers to Inspire a Lifesaving Nation, Declares June “National Foster a Pet Month” “Be a Lifesaver” Campaign and National Pet Fostering and Adoption Events Encourage People to Take Action to Save Animals’ Lives
The Petco Foundation has partnered with Skechers and its charitable footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, to kick off the Foundation’s annual “Be a Lifesaver” campaign. The campaign aims to inspire pet lovers to join together to create a lifesaving nation through fostering, adoption, volunteering and making monetary donations to help pets in need.
A key focus of the campaign is to inspire pet parents to help save animals’ lives by celebrating and promoting the impact of fostering shelter pets. With summer quickly approaching, shelters around the country in Dallas, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, etc. are experiencing an increase in pets entering their facilities and are sending out pleas for help. Temporary fostering of pets by the general public not only provides time for these pets to get adopted instead of being euthanized for lack of space, but living in a home environment is beneficial overall to their physical and emotional health. “If less than two percent of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow. That is a pretty startling statistic to most people,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We believe if people understood the incredible impact they can make by fostering and that it is an easy and fun experience, more people would do it.”
To create awareness and encourage more people to foster, the Petco Foundation has designated June “National Foster a Pet Month.” Throughout the month, the Petco Foundation will share information and stories about how fostering is highly rewarding for the foster family and makes a significant impact on helping the U.S. become a lifesaving nation.
Then, on Saturday June 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., select Petco stores across the nation will host “Be a Foster” events, where store guests will have an opportunity to learn more about foster care, what to expect when they become a foster family, the rewards of fostering and how fostering saves animal lives. Animal welfare organizations and experienced foster families will be on site to answer questions and share their experiences.
In addition to fostering, adopting and volunteering, Petco guests can make a difference for pets in need by making a donation at checkout or online during the overall “Be a Lifesaver” campaign, which runs from June 22 to July 14.
Pet lovers can also support animal welfare with their footwear and apparel choices. For every pair of BOBS from Skechers shoes and apparel items sold at Petco, Skechers stores, other national retail stores and online shopping sites in the United States, a donation* will be made to the Petco Foundation to help animals across the country. Along with BOBS footwear, you can now buy coordinating BOBS animal accessories, like leashes, harnesses and collars at Petco stores and Petco.com.
The campaign will culminate with a nationwide “Be a Lifesaver” Adoption Weekend on July 13 – 14 at participating Petco stores across the country.
To learn more about the Petco Foundation, this campaign and ways to contribute to lifesaving causes, visit www.petcofoundation.org/lifesaver. To learn more about BOBS from Skechers’ commitment to improving animals’ lives through BOBS for Dogs and BOBS for Cats, visit www.BOBSfromSkechers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
About The Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
About Skechers U.S.A., Inc.
Based in Manhattan Beach, California, Skechers (NYSE:SKX) designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 3,060 Skechers Company-owned and third-party-owned retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, and throughout Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.