Our Adoption Initiatives
With 6 million pets adopted so far, we help you bring more pets and people together. Whether it be hosting adoptions in our stores, providing support for your community-wide adoption events or offering our post-adoption support network, we’re here to help. See one of our partnerships in action.
Adoption in Petco Stores
Gain exposure to a wider audience of pet lovers, get access to marketing resources and earn adoption-related grants. Become one of the thousands of Petco Foundation partners who display pets for adoption in Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores.
national adoption event weekends
Join the monthly adoption party at Petco! We sponsor national adoption event weekends—backed by the power of Petco promotion—in Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores across the country. These events include fun themes, customizable marketing collateral for participating organizations and other partner incentives
Jan 4 - Jan 5
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Jan 18 - Jan 19
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In Store Adoption Centers & Habitats
Some of Petco’s more than 1,500 stores offer full on-site adoption centers or stationary cat habitats where partners can house and promote their adoptable pets.
Everyday at Petco Stores
Make your own event! All partners are invited and encouraged to bring pets for adoption as often as possible.
Let Petco be your post-adoption support network! As an exclusive offer for approved adoption partners, your organization is eligible to provide a special sticker to all adopters enabling them to pick up a Welcome to the Family - New Pet Parent Starter Guide at any Petco. The guide offers tremendous savings on just about everything an adopter needs and our team of Petco experts are there to help answer those new pet parent questions! Add the power of the Petco Family to your post-adoption support team and get your organization credit for every adoption when a pet parent picks up their Welcome to the Family Guide at Petco.
Community-Wide Adoption Event Sponsorship
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Have big goals? We sponsor community-wide adoption events that have a goal of more than 250 adoptions. These events are often held at a location other than a shelter, where multiple animal welfare organizations join together. You may apply for up to three events within this one application.
How to become a partner
Adoption partnership opportunities are available for organizations that actively perform dog, cat, or rabbit adoptions. This includes both 501c3 nonprofits and municipal animal shelters. Before you apply, please familiarize yourself with our application requirements below. Note that although stationary cat habitats may or may not be available at your desired store location, all partners are invited and encouraged to bring pets for adoption as often as possible, especially for every monthly National Adoption Event Weekend.
Can I use the cat habitat or adoption center too?
This will depend on availability which will vary from store to store, please make sure you have applied to be a partner and the Petco store leader is aware of your interest.
Can our group apply to showcase pets in more than one Petco?
How do I plan an event with a Petco store?
Partners can coordinate with your store leader to plan your event.
Is my organization required to have insurance before we can do adoptions in a Petco store?
Yes, partners must have general liability insurance in ordered to partner with a Petco store
Is there a required number of adoptions per month?
Each store has adoption goals to support our lifesaving mission. Your organization will play an important part in achieving those lifesaving goals. This question should be answered with a realistic expectation of the number of adoptions you expect to perform.
Should we contact our local Petco store?
Please reach out to your local Petco store and let them know you are interested in showcasing animals for adoption. Indicate which Petco store or stores that you would like to partner with for adoptions on your application. Store numbers and addresses may be found using the Petco store locator. This information is necessary to identify the store(s) for a potential partnership. At least one store number is required. The store number is a three or four digit number found after the name of the store.store locator
What organization financial data will we need to complete the application?
Please have your Form 990, if applicable, or other organizational documents available when filling out the application to assure that you submit accurate amounts. If your organization is a nonprofit that files a Form 990, please answer the questions with the amounts listed on your Form 990. If you do not file a Form 990, please fill in the information from the relevant years’ audited financial statements, if available, or otherwise from unaudited financial statements. If you are a government agency, please have your department or divisional budget available when completing this information, and fill in the information as it is stated on your applicable budget. Timing of financial information: If you are a calendar year nonprofit, your prior calendar-year financial information is required. If you are a fiscal-year organization, your most recent fiscal-year financial information is required.
Will there be other adoption partners using our Petco location as their venue?
Yes, some of our Petco stores have multiple adoption partners.
Are you a partner seeking tools to help you market adoptions? We have resources that can help.