Playgroup Rockstars Adoption Event at the LA County Carson/Gardena Animal Care Center on October 7

In a unique collaboration, national nonprofit organization Petco Love is teaming up with Dogs Playing for Life and BOBS from Skechers™ for National Playgroup Rockstars Adoption events at 40+ animal shelters across the country, including the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC). Held on October 7 in the heart of Rocktober, the adoption events will showcase highly social dogs, known as “Playgroup Rockstars,” at animal shelters while they are playing harmoniously in groups so potential adopters can see their personalities shine.

DACC’s Carson/Gardena Animal Care Center will be participating in this event and adoption fees will be waived for all dogs at the Carson/Gardena Animal Care Center on this day. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 216 W. Victoria Street in Gardena, California. Media is invited to attend a ‘meet and greet’ to interview representatives and see these dogs play.

This one-of-a-kind adoption event is designed to find loving homes for these amazing dogs while promoting the importance of playgroups. Dogs Playing for Life created the unique playgroup shelter dog enrichment program operating with the simple philosophy of “Every Dog, Every Day, Let Them Play!” Their goal – to ensure shelter dogs positively experience life at an animal shelter– while providing shelter personnel the information needed to help those dogs find new loving homes.

For people who already have a dog, the Playgroup Rockstars Adoption Event allows them to see these dogs in action and find that perfect match for their existing pet. For those considering adopting two dogs, the teams on the ground can help adopters find the perfect pair.

“We are grateful to Petco Love, Dogs Playing for Life, and BOBS from Sketchers for making this event happen,” said Marcia Mayeda, DACC Director. “Showing the public the amazing dogs we have for adoption, particularly as they show their fun and loving personalities in playgroups, will help find loving homes for our dogs.”

“Petco Love is so proud to showcase the incredible impact of playgroups on the lives of shelter dogs,” said Petco Love President, Susanne Kogut. “Any pet parent who has more than one dog can tell you that dogs love to play together. Witnessing this play is not only enjoyable for the pet parent but highly beneficial physically and mentally for the dogs. We look forward to celebrating the bonds formed between these Playgroup Rockstars and their new families.”

Dogs Playing for Life programming takes place at more than 350 shelters across the U.S. Founder and CEO, Aimee Sadler, began developing the program in 1998, when she observed that large dogs at shelters often never left their kennels due to staffing and volunteer limitations. The nonprofit organization trains animal shelter personnel to assess and integrate dogs into large-dog playgroups properly as a normal part of shelter life. “Events like Playgroup Rockstars allow dogs to have fun with each other and showcase their playful nature and true personalities. When people visit the shelter and see the dogs in action, they can better picture these dogs as part of their family,” said Sadler.

For a list of shelters hosting Playgroup Rockstars Adoption Events on October 7, and for more information on the events, visit