SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

April 19, 2010 13:40 ET

Help Save Homeless Pets in Canada

Donation Program Runs April 26-May 10 in All Canadian PetSmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - Attention pet lovers in Canada! PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. will launch its spring donation program this month, giving you the chance to give a little... and save a lot of lives.

Anyone who visits any of the 70 PetSmart® stores in Canada can donate $1, $5, $10, $15 or $20 to PetSmart Charities at the register. Proceeds will benefit Canadian animal-welfare organizations and their adoption and spay/neuter program efforts. PetSmart Charities also will use donations to fund emergency relief for pets affected by natural or man-made disasters in Canada, as well as educational programs that help local shelters, rescue groups and other animal-welfare organizations enhance and improve their efforts.

How to Give

The donation program runs April 26 to May 10 in all Canadian PetSmart® stores.

"Making a donation is quick and easy, and every little bit helps in a big way," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director, PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. "Pet lovers can deposit cash into a donation box at the register or ask the cashier to scan a specialized barcode in the desired donation amount."

Everyone who donates can then sign a paw print card, which will be displayed inside the store.

How Your Donations Help

  • $1 helps immunize a pet against life-threatening diseases
  • $5 helps deliver valuable on-line training from subject-matter experts to animal-welfare agencies (at no cost)
  • $10 helps provide emergency relief to pets after natural or man-made disasters
  • $15 helps an animal-welfare agency prepare a pet for his or her new home
  • $20 helps offset the costs of ensuring high-quality spay/neuter services are available for dogs and cats.

"Because of the generosity of donors in Canada, we've been able to provide more than $2 million in funding to support local animal welfare groups," Della Maddalena added. "And through our adoption program, we've helped find homes for more than 100,000 pets in need. We extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation, in advance, to everyone who makes a donation."

PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc., (PCCI) is a registered charity 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. Since 1999, PCCI has granted more than $2.1 million to animal welfare agencies and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 100,000 pets.

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