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Opening Your Heart to the Love of Pets

July 26, 2018

Every year, over 3-million dogs are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters. That’s a lot of pets. Thankfully, nearly 17 million people adopt furry companions from those shelters each year, including Coastal employees like John McCullough at our Marysville, Washington location.

Of course, John isn’t the only employee who cares for an adopted a pet. Check out the happy Coastal employee-pet photos below. What sets John apart is the time he devotes to helping find homes for adoptable dogs and cats with Saving Great Animals, a non-profit that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes dogs in need.

“We rescue dogs and some cats from over-populated shelters where they might be euthanized,” John said just after helping a Coastal customer find the perfect pellet stove. “Our team of foster families, dog walkers, and other volunteers help these pets find their forever homes.”

Saving Great Animals doesn’t have a physical location, but they do have a website at, along with an army of volunteers.

“We have a volunteer community of over 100 people,” he added. “I am the director of animal security with Saving Great Animals. I do a lot of the background checks and screenings, making sure every home is a good one.”

He went on to recall that most adoptions are approved and the dogs or cats go to a loving home. But once in a while, the pet and home are not a good match. Saving Great Animals, along with other similar agencies, strive to find a home that is happy, healthy, and safe. John is proud to be part of that process.

John, who has been with Coastal since late last year, is also proud to be one of our Hearth Department Managers.

“Coastal is a great place to work. It’s a fun atmosphere and filled with a good group of people.”

When asked about his own pets, he quickly rattled off the names Mr. Wiggles, Bungie, Rudy, Willow, Tango, and Gizmo, adding up to four dogs and two cats.

Saving Great Animals strives to match dogs and dog lovers, having saved over 7,000 lives in the past 12 years. You can help too, by adopting a dog or cat into your family with a special, upcoming event.

Help Clear the Shelters on August 18th

Hill’s® Science Diet®, along with other sponsors, is hoping to help over 100,000 pets find new homes this year. Visit to find an animal shelter near you and go home with a new family member on that day – or any day.

Win a Year’s Worth of Dog Food

When you adopt a new pet, everyone wins. Especially you and your new forever friend. Of course, you’ll need plenty of food to keep that pet happy and healthy, and Hill’s® Science Diet® has you covered.

You could win one weekly grand prize of a year’s worth of Science Diet food* and $500 donated to a participating animal shelter. You could also instantly win a small bag or can of Hill’s® Science Diet® pet food**. Enter to win at

Coastal Loves Pets

Stop by your Northwest owned and operated Coastal for everything your pet needs, including food, treats, beds, leashes, trainers, and crates. All pets are welcome at Coastal. So, be sure to bring your dog, cat, or other furry family members with you to the store.



*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Hill’s® Science Diet® Every Great Day Promotion is open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., 18 & older. Ends 1/7/2019. One game play per person per day. One sweepstakes entry per person per Weekly Entry Period. Subject to verification, winners will receive their prize via mail within 3-4 weeks. **First prize is awarded in the form of 1 coupon valued at $15.99. Second prize is awarded in the form of 1 coupon valued at $2.59. Approximate odds of winning: Instant first prize – 1:1,250; Instant second prize – 1:390.