make the world a better place. think adoption first.


At Petco, we find this statistic unacceptable: Each year, an estimated 3 to 4 million animals are euthanized because there are not enough forever homes for them to go to.

discover what happens when you open your heart and home to an animal in need.

There is something powerful about saving a pet’s life; however many times the pets we rescue have much to teach us as well. By thinking adoption first, pets and pet parents are brought together and relationships are born. At Petco, supporting pet adoption efforts is one of our guiding principles and top priorities.

Through our  Think Adoption First philosophy we encourage anyone looking to add a new pet to the family consider adopting before purchasing–even from our own stores. We partner with rescues and shelters in our communities to help animals in need and help potential pet parents connect.

Together, Petco and the Petco Foundation have partnered with thousands of local animal welfare groups, helping to save the lives of more than 350,000 homeless animals every year. We are active pet-loving participants in our communities, hosting and sponsoring adoption events in our stores and during neighborhood events. Our goal is to help as many animals as possible find loving, forever homes.

To date, we have helped more than 3.7 million pets and people connect for a lifetime through adoption events at our Petco stores. Through the Petco Foundation, we’ve raised more than $115 million to support animal welfare causes. Isn’t it amazing what can happen when we all work together?