SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

August 17, 2010 19:32 ET

Gulfport PetSmart® Store to Host Expanded Pet-Adoption Event

PetSmart Charities® Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend Is Sept. 10-12 in Every PetSmart® Store

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 17, 2010) -  This September, you can fall in love with a new pet during the PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend. This is a great chance to meet a new friend and save a life. The event runs Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at all 1,160 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada, with a special expanded event being held at the Gulfport PetSmart® store.

Proudly sponsored by Hill's® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®, the event goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 19,600 dogs, cats and other pets from shelters and rescue agencies across North America. More than 2,000 agencies that care for homeless pets are expected to participate. The Gulfport PetSmart® store located at 15134 Crossroads Pkwy. will also provide additional space in its parking lot to showcase even more pets who need to find homes.

"You save a life and enrich your own when you adopt a homeless pet," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Adopted pets make great companions. During this national adoption weekend, thousands of pets will get second chances at the lifelong, loving homes they deserve."

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America and a strong advocate for pet adoption.

"About 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and about half must be euthanized," Della Maddalena said. "Adoption is one very important way to reduce the number of pets who must be put down every year in our nation's shelters. This adoption event helps give those pets even more exposure to people who love pets so they can find lifelong, loving homes."

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 will receive free samples from Hill's Science Diet Brand and PetSmart®. In addition, PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies will receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt into a lifelong, loving home in stores between September 6 and September 12.

"We are extremely proud and excited to sponsor this event," said Suzan Harrison, president, Hill's North America. "Hill's Science Diet Brand is committed to helping homeless cats and dogs find loving, caring homes to enjoy for the rest of their lives."

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

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities' adoption center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. or Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 12. Participating animal-welfare groups manage adoptions and determine their own pet-adoption fees and adoption guidelines. Call a PetSmart® store near you to find out about a specific agency's set-up time during the three-day event. You can contact the Gulfport store hosting the expanded parking lot event at 228-539-9722.

To find the PetSmart Charities' adoption center nearest you, visit or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit

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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