SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

December 11, 2009 13:24 ET

Join in the Fun at the 2nd Annual PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ to Benefit Arizona's Homeless Pets

Proceeds Benefit Animal-Welfare Agencies Statewide and PetSmart Charities

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - December 11, 2009) - The 2nd annual PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ presented by Purina® Pro Plan® is headed back to Tempe! Proudly sponsored by KSAZ-TV Fox 10/My 45 and PetSmart®, the PetWalk is set for Sunday, February 21, 2010, at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz. It will feature 5K and one-mile walks plus contests and fun, pet-themed events.

Leashed and safely contained, friendly animals and their human companions are welcome to take part and raise funds for Phoenix-based, nonprofit PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare agencies in North America. Walkers can also raise funds for the participating animal agency of their choice. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $88 million in animal-welfare grants and programs and, through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada, has helped nearly 4 million homeless pets find new families.

"Last year, more than 8,000 people and 10,000 pets came together to support animal-rescue agencies, humane societies and shelters in Arizona and to achieve one shared goal of helping homeless and rescued animals in need. This event is a great opportunity to have fun with your pets and celebrate how much they enrich our lives," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We know that this year's event will be even more successful in helping homeless pets in Arizona."

Walkers are asked to collect pledges on behalf of PetSmart Charities or the participating agency of their choice. A $25 advance online registration fee ($30 the day of the event) will fund programs that help pets find lifelong, loving homes. For registration information, visit www.mypetwalk.org.

The following animal-welfare agencies, rescue groups and shelters are among the dozens of Arizona groups that are taking part in the PetSmart Charities PetWalk on February 21, 2010 at Tempe Town Lake. We hope to see YOU there, too!

Participating animal-welfare agencies:

Arizona Adopt a Greyhound, Inc.
Arizona Basset Hound Rescue
Arizona Beagle Rescue
Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Inc.
Arizona Golden Rescue
Arizona Humane Society
Arizona Jack Russell Rescue, Inc.
Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue
Arizona Sheltie Rescue
Blistered Whiskers Inc.
Boxer Luv Rescue
Dreamchaser PMU Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc.
FACCS
Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
H.A.L.O. Animal Rescue
Home 'Fur' Good
Lucky Dog Rescue
Milagro Senior Pet Refuge
Oasis Sanctuary
Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911)
Pinal County Animal Care & Control
Rescue a Golden
Small Paws Rescue (Bichon Rescue)
Southwest Collie Rescue
Southwest German Shepherd Rescue
Valley Dogs, Inc.
Valley of the Sun Giant Schnauzer Rescue
Wildhorse Ranch Rescue

About PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $88 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of nearly 4 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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