November 05, 2013 08:02 ET

Petco's National Adoption Weekend Celebrates Senior Pets in Need of Forever Homes November 9-10, 2013

Senior Pets Rule

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2013) - When adopting a pet, one choice pet parents will have to make is whether to adopt a puppy or kitten, an adult, or a senior. All shelter pets deserve loving homes, but senior pets are often overlooked. Animal shelters across the country are filled with healthy, active and loveable senior dogs and cats, which is why Petco is celebrating what wonderful companions senior pets can make during this month's National Adoption Weekend. Adoption events are taking place nationwide November 9-10, 2013, and guests that attend will have the opportunity to interact with senior pets and learn how to properly care for their physical, mental, social and emotional needs.

Adopting a senior pet can be the best decision a person can make, especially since it can be a life saving act for the pet. Shelters are overcrowded and, unfortunately, according to the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, older dogs are among the first to be euthanized if they aren't adopted in a timely manner. In addition to being a life saver, here are some other reasons why rescuing a senior pet can be a fantastic decision:

1. They provide unconditional love. Many older dogs and cats were once owned and loved by someone, but for whatever reason, they were relinquished to a shelter. In most cases, relinquishment is due to the sudden death of an owner, divorce, a move, loss of a job, etc. and has nothing to do with the pets' behavior. Senior pets will love their new family just as much as a puppy or kitten would. They are incredibly resilient and have the ability to bond with their new family in just a matter of days, if not instantly.

2. Senior pets are like an open book. When choosing an older pet, new owners will have a pretty good understanding of what they're getting since the pet's physical traits and temperament will be established. Also, most shelters will know if the pet has any prior medical or special needs issues, so pet parent's can be prepared right off the bat.

3. Senior pets are ideal for first time pet parents who may not have the time necessary to train, socialize, and exercise a young or adolescent puppy properly. On most occasions, senior pets are already housetrained, know basic obedience commands and are comfortable being left alone at home.

National Adoption Weekend events will take place at all Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations nationwide. To help take care of pet's physical needs, Iams® will be giving all adopting pet parents a free small bag of dog food, one can of Iams® Shackables and a bag of cat food. Pet adoption times may vary, so it's recommended to contact the nearest location for adoption hours.

For more information on adoption events in your area, visit

About Petco
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,250 stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, including more than 80 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $115 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.

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