If your backyard is home to a pet pig, dog, cat or goat, mark your calendar. The Tehachapi Tractor Supply Company is welcoming all leashed, friendly animals to visit the store during Pet Appreciation Week, Sept. 13 through 17.

“Pet Appreciation Week is our time to meet and celebrate every pet you could imagine finding out here,” wrote Tom Scott, manager of the Tehachapi Tractor Supply, in a news release. “We look forward to greeting your family pets at the store, and, on Saturday, we hope to help some families take home an adoptable animal from one of our community rescues.”

Pet Appreciation Week, the retailer’s biggest pet food and supply sale of the year, will kick off with a pet supply drive to support local pet and animal groups that partner with the store. During the week, customers can drop off new, sealed food, toys, cleaning supplies and other essential pet accessories such as beds, scratching posts, leashes and bowls to be donated to local rescues and shelters in the community.

“Our local animal rescues are most successful when the community rallies behind them and this year we have the ability to make a major impact,” wrote Scott. “After all, Pet Appreciation Week is about celebrating all of our community’s pets and animals, and that includes the ones living in our local shelters.”

On Saturday, Sept. 16, an event will feature pet adoptions, demonstrations on pet nutrition and free Greenies dental dog treats for customers while supplies last. This year's Pet Appreciation Week community event will also include organizations such as Marley's Mutts, Miracle Mutts Therapy Dogs and the Tehachapi Car Club, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the week’s events or to participate, contact the Tehachapi store at 823-1687.