SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

September 14, 2010 13:36 ET

19,200 Pets' Lives Are Saved During Fall Adoption Event

PetSmart Charities® Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend Was September 10-12 in All PetSmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 14, 2010) -  More than 19,200 pets found their lifelong, loving homes during the three-day PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend this September 10-12. The adoption event was held in all 1,164 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada, with more than 2,000 shelters and rescue groups participating.

Proudly sponsored by Hill's® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®, the event was the third national adoption weekend in 2010. During the three days, 19,205 dogs, cats and small animals went home with their new families. The number of lives saved during the three national adoption events now totals 51,702.

PetSmart® stores with the highest adoption numbers included Salt Lake City, Utah with 354 adoptions; Albuquerque, N.M. with 198 adoptions; Evansville, Ind. with 172 adoptions; San Antonio, Texas with 132 adoptions; and Grand Junction, Colo. with 113 adoptions.

"Pets do so much to enrich our lives," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "These events demonstrate how many people are willing to open their hearts and their homes to help so many pets find the lifelong, loving homes that they deserve."

About 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year and only half find homes, making adoption one very important way to reduce the number of pets who must be euthanized each year. Since being founded in 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America. In fact:

  • During fiscal year 2009, a record 409,613 pets found homes at the PetSmart Charities adoption centers, which are located inside every PetSmart® store.
  • Since 1994, more than 4.2 million pets have been adopted at PetSmart Charities' adoption centers in North America. PetSmart Charities celebrated its 4-millionth adoption in January.
  • One pet's life is saved every minute that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open.
  • PetSmart Charities now provides more than $10 million a year in adoption-reward grants to the thousands of animal-welfare agencies it collaborates with through the in-store adoption program.

During the Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend, cat and dog adopters received free samples from Hill's Science Diet Brand and PetSmart®. In addition, PetSmart Charities provided increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies received $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they placed into a lifelong, loving home between September 6 and September 12.

The final national adoption event for 2010 is scheduled for the weekend of November 12-November 14.

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 4.2 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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