Majority of Pet Parents Will Buy Gifts for Their Pets This Holiday Season, Half Will Also Buy Gifts for Friends’ and Relatives’ Pets


84 percent of pet parents surveyed by Petco confirmed they plan to buy holiday presents for their four-legged family members; 50 percent will also purchase a gift for a friend or relative’s pet

‘Tis the season not only for joy and love, but also for pets. An overwhelming majority of parents who responded to Petco’s November survey* plan to join in on the holiday fun with their pets — with a whopping 84 percent of respondents noting they plan to treat their furry friend with a gift, which is up 2 percent from last year. 50 percent are also planning to purchase a present for a friend or relative’s pet.

“Pet parents are including pets in their holiday celebrations like never before,” said Rebecca Frechette, Senior Vice President, Merchandising for Petco. “From spending quality time together, to gifting and having their furry friend strike a pose with Santa, pet parents love including their pets in the festivities.”


84 percent of pet parents surveyed by Petco confirmed they plan to buy holiday presents for their four-legged family members; 50 percent will also purchase a gift for a friend or relative’s pet. (PRNewsFoto/Petco)

The survey also found that treats and toys are among the most popular pet gifts this holiday season. From exclusive Dr. Seuss Pet Fans Collection and Trolls Pet Fans Collection toys, to holiday-inspired stocking-stuffer treats, Petco is the one-stop-shop for pet parents looking for great holiday gifts. Stylish bowls, feeding accessories and Harmony Urban Luxe Collection beds are other items sure to make the list this season.

Petco and Unleashed by Petco’s assortment of holiday-inspired products, treats, toys and accessories are currently available online at and in Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores nationwide.

Along with seasonal gifting, consumers can help give pets in need the gift of a loving home this holiday season through the Petco Foundation and Nature’s Variety Instinct’s All For Holiday Homes fundraising campaign. From November 19 through December 24, animal lovers can support this lifesaving initiative by donating at the register at any Petco or Unleashed by Petco store or online at As part of the initiative, Petco will also help unite adoptable pets with loving families during Adoptions at Petco events. Anyone considering inviting a new pet into their home this season can visit Petco stores nationwide on December 3 and 4. For additional information, please visit and follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HolidayPets.

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*Source: Petco Pet Passionaries Research Panel (November 2016)

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, 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 1,470 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $167 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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