Pet Food Express has kicked off its 12th annual Pet Fair to find forever homes for 5,000 California rescue animals, company officials said.

Now through Sept. 30, Pet Food Express will partner with more than 120 rescues and shelters throughout the state to offer virtual and in-person pet adoptions, and host special pet-centric events in all 64 stores, including vendor meet and greets and fresh food sampling from top brands like Stella and Chewy's, Primal and Nutrisource.

In addition, September 24 and 25 mark the big Pet Fair weekend with Pet Adoption Extravaganza events in all stores and live virtual events such as educational seminars led by experts on topics like pet anxiety, dog training, and CBD.

“We’re really excited to host the Pet Food Express Pet Fair virtually and in-person again this year,” said Mike Murray, director of community relations for Pet Food Express. “A big benefit that we saw last year was in the reach we can achieve through an online platform. It not only supports a wider range of incredible rescues and shelters to find loving homes for more animals in need, but also gives pet parents anywhere in the U.S., even globally, the opportunity to educate themselves with new knowledge from experts. During the 2021 Pet Food Express Pet Fair, new homes were found for 5,662 animals which resulted in Pet Food Express distributing $141,550 in donations to participating rescues and shelters.”

Throughout September, potential adopters can use Pet Food Express’ Find a Friend search option to filter for location, breed or even age as they scroll through and learn about adoptable animals from more than 120 California-based shelters and rescues. Those who adopt receive a special 20 percent off coupon for Pet Food Express as a part of the 20/20 program. Once the coupon is redeemed, the adopting organization receives a $20 donation from Pet Food Express. In 2021, the 20/20 program donated more than $400,000 to rescues and shelters, officials said.

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