Petland exceeds goal for St. Jude

$28,005 raised for children’s charity in single day

Charged with kindness by a judge from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Petland stores nationwide, including the one in Rockford, raised more than $28,000 for the charity dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer.

“We are happy to be part of the Petland family, a company that embraces charitable work,” said Dean Johnson, operator of the Petland store in Rockford.

More than 60 corporate employees of Petland, Inc. were “arrested” Jan. 16 and “charged with kindness” by a judge from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To make bail, set at more than $21,000, the amount raised for St. Jude by Petland the previous year, operators of Petland stores nationwide were called for donations. Giving became the order of the day as Petland employees, their friends and business associates donated to St. Jude.

According to Debbie May, director of communications for Petland, Inc., the company kicks off every year with a fund-raiser for St. Jude, one of two national children’s charities at Petland. The company established Safari Stan’s Children’s Charities in 1994 to raise money for St. Jude via canister collections in its retail pet stores. Petland also fulfills pet-related wishes for terminally ill children nationwide through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

About Petland

Petland, Inc., is a franchise operation, headquartered in Chillicothe, Ohio, with more than 175 quality, full-service, retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, Japan, Chile and South Africa. This year and last, Petland ranked among the top franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, and was named No. 1 in the pet store category for 2005. For more information about Petland, visit the company’s Web site at

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers. St. Jude is the only pediatric research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and opened in 1962. For more information about St. Jude, visit the hospital’s Web site at

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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