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Don't Buy Pets, Company Says; Adopt 'Em

Man and thirsty best friend.

Man and thirsty best friend.

A national pet supplies retailer thinks it makes more sense for animals lovers to adopt homeless pets from local shelters than purchase them elsewhere, even if that means sacrificing a few sales of its own.

Privately held PETCO, with 950 stores across the country, designated Nov. 8 and 9 (2008) as National Adoption Weekend, and in a press release Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2008) urged Americans to adopt rather than buy companion animals. “There are millions of wonderful pets in shelters across the nation, in all of our communities, waiting to be found and adopted into loving homes,” said Beth Mars, director of operations and development for the PETCO Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.

Animals are available for adoption in our area from the Montgomery County (PA) chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). It operates shelters at 1059 Sweifford Rd., Perkiomenville PA, 8.1 miles from Sanatoga village center, and at 1006 Edge Hill Rd., Roslyn PA. The SPCA offers information about pet adoptions here.

PETCO is conducting a holiday-themed fundraiser to accompany the adoption promotion. It benefits animal rescue organizations. The PETCO store closest to Sanatoga is at the Court at Upper Providence, 1844 Ridge Pike, Royersford PA, 5.9 miles from Sanatoga village center.

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