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The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund Receives $40,000 Petco Foundation Grant to Support Animal Welfare Efforts throughout the United States

July 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kati Sieger, The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund, 970.403.8059 and kati@dccfund.org

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund Receives $40,000 Petco Foundation Grant to Support Animal Welfare Efforts throughout the United States.

Durango, Co (6/20/2014) – The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund today announced it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund treatment grants for dogs and cats fighting cancer.

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. Although the Fund accepts applications internationally, the majority of treatment grants are offered to applicants in the United States. Since 2007, The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund has helped more than 150 dogs and cats get cancer treatment, and has increased its maximum grant amount from $700 per pet per annum to the current maximum of $1,500 per pet per annum.

The Petco Foundation grant will be used to increase the number of pets who receive grants in 2014, along with increasing the maximum grant amount per pet per annum.

“We are honored to be chosen as a Petco Foundation grant recipient for a second time,” said Chris Meiering, Vice-President and founder of The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. “This funding will allow us to help another 25-30 dogs and cats get the treatment they need to fight cancer.”

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with thousands of local animal-welfare partners across the country, the foundation donates more than $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org.

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About The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund

The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund™ is dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer. The nonprofit organization helps make cancer treatment affordable for qualified individuals and families through treatment grants. It promotes prevention by raising awareness and understanding of the risk factors underlying canine and feline cancer. After helping its first dog in 2007, the organization expects to provide assistance to over 100 dogs and cats in 2014 alone. The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund™ is supported by donations from individuals, corporations, and government grants.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation

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 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; 10 Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 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.

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