Minnesota Herp Society and Petco
July 12, 1997 Press Release
On Saturday July 12, 1997 at approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society attempted to return unwanted Iguanas at the Petco store at 753 53rd Ave NE, Fridley, Minnesota. Petco was celebrating their grand opening and the acquisition of several Pet Food Warehouse stores by selling Iguana's for $9.99. They were met by Don Cowan Director, Communications of Petco. After an animated discussion It was agreed Petco would provide temporary housing for one Iguana at their Central Avenue store and discussions would continue regarding housing and adoption options for the remaining Iguana's
The MHS took this action with the hope of accomplishing two goals.
This return was covered by KSTP and it was reported on their 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts, unfortunately, with the inaccurate statement that Petco had accepted the iguanas. As of today Petco has placed only the one, original Iguana on display. They have not yet placed any other Iguanas on display and have suggested the MHS plan, staff and operate an "Iguana Adoption Day" at Petco, which they will advertise. The full text of the letter sent to Petco, the signage the MHS has suggested for the Adoption Iguana Cage and the items Petco used to set up the Central Avenue iguana cage are available. We will continue negotiations and keep you informed.
Based on the continuing problems with PetCo and PetsMart, discussions are underway to stage a nation-wide "Iguana Return Day." Please contact George Richard for additional information.
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