From October 30 through November 13, Petco and the Petco Foundation will host the second annual National Pet Food Drive to collect petfood and litter donations at stores in the United States.
During the two-week drive, consumers can pick up extra food or litter during their shopping trip or bring unopened cans or bags from home, and drop it into the marked petfood collection bins located in each of the more than 1,100 Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores nationwide. Throughout the drive, Hill's Science Diet will match, pound-for-pound, every bag of dog and cat food donated, up to 100,000 pounds.
"We believe no one should have to give up their pet companions due to financial distress, and our associates and customers agree," said Paul Jolly, the executive director of the Petco Foundation and a Petco vice president. "Last year's drive provided more than 90 tons â€“ that's almost 200,000 pounds â€“ of pet food for families in need; an incredible gift leading into the holiday season and such an easy way for people to help keep pets well-nourished and with the families who love them in tough economic times. We hope to double that this year, so we're asking the communities we serve to give a little extra and help us raise awareness for this important year-round program."
In addition to the opportunity to donate, Petco has also partnered with VolunteerMatch to give pet lovers around the country an opportunity to volunteer during the petfood drive. Best Friends Animal Society will support the national food drive by mobilizing its nationwide network of volunteers to register for the event and help drive awareness of the program.
To register as a food drive volunteer, visit http://petco.volunteermatch.org/ and select "Petco Foundation Pet Food Drive." Volunteer opportunities are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the petfood drive.
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