SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Petco and the San Diego Padres are once again welcoming man's best friend to Petco Park for the annual "Dog Days of Summer" event so that pet parents and their four-legged friends can enjoy America's favorite past time together! On June 2, 2016, hundreds of pet parents and their furry companions will gain special access to Petco Park as the San Diego Padres take on the Seattle Mariners.
Interested pet parents are invited to show off their Padres spirit by submitting an application on www.padres.com/dogdays now through April 30, 2016. Approved applicants will receive a free dog ticket and two complimentary human passes, which pet parents can pick up at the event. All attendees must be pre-approved, no passes will be approved the day of the event. Gates to the event open at 3 p.m. PT, at which time pets and pet parents can enjoy themselves at the pre-game "Tail" Gate Party. Additionally, local San Diego adoption partners will be present showcasing adoptable pets in hopes of finding them forever homes.
Now in its 12th year, the annual celebration will also kick-off Petco Park's expanded dog-friendly programs, including the popular weekly adoption events held at the "Park in the Park" during every Sunday home game. Local animal welfare organizations, including the San Diego Humane Society, Second Chance Dog Rescue and Helen Woodward Animal Center will be on-site throughout more than five games this season to help deserving animals find their forever homes. For the past 12 years, these home game adoption events have helped hundreds of shelter pets find homes.
"We are thrilled to kick off the annual 'Dog Days of Summer' event and look forward to finding forever homes for shelter pets through our Adoption Sunday events throughout the season," said David Hallisey, vice president, communications at Petco. "We're also working closely with the Padres to enhance the overall experience for pets and their pet parents and plan to share more details on some exciting new developments with fans very soon."
Pet parents are encouraged to share photos of their pets celebrating their love of the Padres on Instagram using the hashtags #PadresPets. Every month one lucky winner will be awarded a $100 Petco gift card.
Fans are invited to join in on the conversation with the hashtag #PetcoDogDays.
About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships 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 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $135 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 400,000 animals every year.