SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

May 03, 2011 12:16 ET

15,581 Pets Saved During the PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - More than 15,500 pets' lives were saved during the most recent PetSmart Charities®National Adoption Weekend held in partnership with more than 2,000 animal-welfare organizations throughout North America.

The three-day event was held in the more than 1,187 PetSmart® stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts, provided increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies, which received $35 for every pet they adopted in stores during the National Adoption Weekend events.

"The National Adoption Weekends continue to show how many people are willing to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "With the strong support of our animal-welfare partners throughout North America, we are helping more pets find the lifelong, loving homes that they deserve."

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America, helping more than 4.4 million pets find homes through the PetSmart Charities adoption centers and has provided $110 million in grants and funding. One pet's life is saved every 39 seconds that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open.

The event was proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart stores in the U.S. and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart stores in Canada. More than 17,000 pets were adopted into new families during the first national event in February.

"Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home," said Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. "Our goal in supporting the PetSmart Charities' National Adoption events is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with super premium nutrition as well as other important pet care supplies. We hope by providing these essentials, these pets and new pet owners can now focus on other important matters like growing a bond for life."

The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekends will take place Sept. 9-11 and Nov. 11-13.

To find the PetSmart Charities' adoption center nearest you, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org. Stay up-to-date by following PetSmart Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savehomelesspets.

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal-welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.4 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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