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Ellen DeGeneres To Receive PETCO Foundation’s HOPE Award

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She brightens each week day with laughter on her Emmy-winning talk show, and on April 30, 2011 Ellen DeGeneres will be honored for creating a brighter future for our four-legged friends.

A long-time supporter of the PETCO Foundation and co-owner of pet food maker Halo, Purely for Pets, the entertainment icon will be awarded the PETCO Foundation’s inaugural HOPE Award–given in recognition of a life dedicated to promoting the human-animal bond–at the third annual PETCO Foundation Gala, the proceeds from which will benefit the Halo Pet Foundation.

Fido-and feline-loving philanthropists in attendance will learn more about the A-list animal advocate’s history of helping our pawed pals, how the Halo Pet Foundation provides for pets in need and promotes responsible pet ownership, and about the PETCO Foundation’s continued efforts to support more than 7,000 other local animal welfare groups across the nation.

“I wish we lived in a world where caring for animals wasn’t so rare that it deserved an award,” said Ellen. “All I do is treat animals with the respect and dignity they deserve. I hope someday soon, everyone does the same. PETCO and the PETCO Foundation have made great efforts to protect animals and I commend them for going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Emceed by San Diego’s KFMB Channel 8 anchors Dan Cohen and Kimberly King, the elegant event will include a and will feature a black tie-optional cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, entertainment, opportunity drawing and silent auction.

When: April 30, 2011 from 5:30 – 11:30 pm

Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina in San Diego, California

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Photo Credit: Halo

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.