Friday, September 6, 2013

Give purebred and other pets forever homes at Petco's National Adoption Weekend

Via PRNewswire - For those wanting to add a new pet to the family who prefer a specific breed type, why not consider adopting? A common misconception is that all purebreds come with a high price tag, but according to statistics compiled by the ASPCA, 25 percent of dogs that enter shelters are purebred.

During Petco's National Adoption Weekend events taking place across the country this weekend, September 7-8, guests will have the opportunity to meet a variety of pets in need, including purebred dogs and cats. In addition, potential pet parents can learn how to care for a new pet's physical, mental, social and emotional needs.

From German shepherds to pugs, almost every breed has a rescue group that works diligently to find new homes for displaced pets. Purebred pets in shelters tend to range from adolescents to seniors, many of which are already trained and are comfortable around people.

Here is a list of some of the most common breeds found in shelters and some fun facts on why they make such great companions:
  • Whether short or long hair, chihuahuas come in over 30 different colors and varieties. Perfect for the person on the go, they make great travel companions and city dwellers since they don't require much exercise. 
  • American Pit Bull Terriers score an 83.4 percent passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs due to their gentle temperament. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls have made a mark as outstanding therapy dogs. 
  • The Labrador retriever is America's favorite breed according to American Kennel Club and has earned this top spot for the past 21 years. Their loyalty and affable dependability keep them high on the list of desirable family dogs. 
  • German shepherds, known for their intelligence and loyalty, were among the first canine breeds to be trained for police work, beginning around 1900 in Ghent, Belgium. President John F. Kennedy had a German shepherd, named "Clipper." 
  • Golden retrievers not only make great family pets, but also have an instinctive partiality to being in water. This makes bath time for a golden retriever easier than most dogs! 

Petco often partners with breed specific adoption groups, so it's recommended to contact your nearest location for more details.

National Adoption Weekend events will take place at all Petco locations nationwide. To help take care of pets' physical needs, Hill's Science Diet will be giving all adopting pet parents a free small bag of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food and a free can of Hill's Science Diet dog or cat food.

For more information on adoption events in your area, visit

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