T.V.'s newest comedy, Animal Practice, debuted September 26, 2012 on NBC and to help kick off Petco's National Adoption Reunion a few of the stars recently visited San Diego. Crystal the monkey and actor, Tyler Labine, who plays Dr. Doug Jackson, made a few special appearances to help raise awareness for shelter animals.
Crystal the monkey stars in the show as Dr. Rizzo, Dr. Coleman's (Justin Kirk) "medical assistant." Crystal is a trained female capuchin monkey who has become beloved for her countless roles, appearing in over 20 films including "Night at the Museum" and "The Hangover Part II." Crystal and her handler and trainer, Tom Gunderson, appeared at a meet and greet at Petco's corporate headquarters where they met with members of the press and Petco employees. Crystal the monkey concluded her night in San Diego with fellow co-star, Tyler Labine, who plays Dr. Doug Jackson by throwing out the honorary first pitch at the San Diego Padres game on September 27, 2012.
Although Crystal may be cute, exotic animals should never be considered pets. Jennifer Henderson, Operations Manager at Birds and Animals Unlimited where both Tom and Crystal work explained, "Exotic pets are non domesticated animals who should only be kept by professionals who understand the diverse needs of the animal including a unique social structure, a varied diet and behavioral needs that don't necessarily mimic our own family lives." Currently about 75 percent of animals that Birds and Animals sends to T.V. and movie sets are rescued. In addition to dogs and cats, parrots are very common animals that Birds and Animals Unlimited finds in shelters. "Parrots can live up to 125 years and are truly a lifetime commitment," says Henderson. "Many people don't realize this when bringing this type of animal into their home." Henderson adds, "We believe working with rescue pets is the right thing to do. A dog or cat that others would consider mischievous can oftentimes be the best animal to train. They are attentive and always looking for something to do."
October 6, 2012 marks Petco's second annual National Adoption Reunion where every Petco and Unleashed by Petco store nationwide will host adoption events to help find shelter pets loving homes. To encourage San Diego residents to rally behind the cause, all local Petco stores will host celebrations on October 6-7, 2012.