Contacts: Lisa Rooney, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County, 718-227-0553


STATEN ISLAND, NY, MARCH 29, 2009 - The year begins on a high note for thousands of animal rescue groups worldwide, like P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County that will receive donations from the 2008 Tree of Hope Fundraiser, hosted by PETCO and the PETCO Foundation.

The five-week campaign generated $3 million in donations from the company's customers, vendors and associates. This year P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County received funds donated by the PETCO store at 2752 Veterans Road West in the Charleston section of Staten Island, NY.

Local proceeds from Tree of Hope 2008 will be used by P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County to further its mission of rescuing homeless, abandoned, sick and unwanted animals by providing them medical attention and unconditional love until placed in their forever home.

"We are greatful to everyone who contributed and hope they all know they helped to make this world a kinder, safer, and happier place to be for the wonderful animals so near to our hearts," said PETCO Foundation Vice President Paul Jolly. "Tree of Hope has not only helped sustain the lives of animals in need of care and compassion, but has helped nourish the spirit of hope that defines the PETCO Foundation."

To get the latest news on anything and everything PETCO - from updates about the company to incredible acts of animal kindness, visit the company's blog at:


PETCO is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services and advice that make it easier for our customers to be great pet parents. We operate more than 950 stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as a a leading pet products and information destination at Our nonprofit organization, The PETCO Foundation, has raised more than $45 million since its inception in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjucntion with the Foundation, we work with and support approximately 5,500 local animal welfare groups across the country to help find homes for more than 200,000 adoptable animals every year. 

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