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Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers You Can Save a Life

Petco Love Celebrates Foster a Pet Month, Reminds Pet Lovers You Can Save a Life

MORRIS COUNTY — National nonprofit Petco Love is celebrating June as National Pet Promotion Month to inspire communities to get involved and support their local animal shelters by temporarily fostering pets. Created by the organization in 2019, June is National Pet Adoption Month and encourages people to adopt a pet before the most difficult summer months when animal shelters are overwhelmed.

“Shelters across the country are in crisis. And loving, happy, healthy pets are at risk of being euthanized simply because of lack of space. Pet breeding is the answer to eliminating the unnecessary euthanasia of shelter pets. If just 2 percent more of the 87 million pet-owning households cared for just one pet a year, we could end euthanasia in America’s shelters tomorrow,” said Petco Love President Susanne Kogut.

Kogut credits the rescue success of a mid-sized shelter he ran nearly 20 years ago to their robust foster program that has increased foster pets by more than 600 percent. She is also a dedicated pet sitter with over 500 pets. “Favouritism is easier than people think,” Kogut said. “I encourage more people to just try. Whether you’ve fostered for a short time or until a pet is ready for adoption, you’ll be giving that kitten, cat, puppy, adult dog or senior pet a break from the shelter. Allowing them to experience love and your home will make all the difference, especially if that pet is facing euthanasia. Advocacy saves lives.”

Young pet lover Sophia Gillen, 16, of Mountain Lake, heard a pet message from the assistant loud and clear. Inspired by Petco Love’s Foster a Pet Month, Sophia created a petition urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to prioritize pet care. Sophia’s advocacy led Governor Murphy to declare June Family Pet Month in the state, marking a significant step in the national effort to prioritize pet adoption.

Sophia’s journey began as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, aptly named “Phenomenal Foster Pets.” After eight months of dedicated communication with the governor’s office, her passion and perseverance resulted in this important recognition. She also created a fun lesson to teach Scouts of all ages about the importance of adoption, how to advocate for shelter dogs and cats, and how to earn a unique pet care patch.

“I want to inspire other Girl Scouts and youth advocates to take similar action in their states,” said Sophia Gillen. “Many animals can be saved when state leaders commit to animal welfare. I hope to see Foster a Pet Month recognized in all 50 states.”

“Sophia is an imposing young woman,” Kogut said. “Her longevity and commitment to animal welfare at such a young age is truly inspiring. We are pleased to highlight her achievements and support her goal of expanding this initiative nationally.”

In May, Morris Focus featured Sophia Gillen. Click here to read the article.