SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

November 16, 2009 13:35 ET

PetSmart Charities® Holiday National Adoption Event a Resounding Success

More Than 16,900 Pets Find Homes

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - As a heartwarming start to the holiday season, 16,933 pets found their lifelong, loving homes during the PetSmart Charities Holiday National Adoption Event, held in all 1,145 PetSmart® stores throughout the U.S. and Canada on November 13-15. The event goal was finding homes for 15,800 homeless and unwanted companion animals.

More than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies throughout the United States and Canada participated and presented adoptable pets at every PetSmart Charities in-store adoption center. The Canadian National Adoption Event was proudly sponsored by PetSmart®.

"It's an amazing way to kick off the holiday season," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "During our four National Adoption Weekends in 2009, we have helped find homes for more than 66,000 pets. Pets love us unconditionally, and it is our goal to help as many pets find the lifelong, loving homes that they deserve."

In the U.S. alone, an estimated 6 million to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year, but 3 million to 4 million never find homes. During the last 14 years, the PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers have found homes for nearly 4 million pets. For every minute that the Adoption Centers are open, one pet's life is saved.

"PetSmart Charities strives to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting rather than purchasing a pet," added Della Maddalena. "We are so happy to have exceeded our event goal and helped so many pets. We hope people will always consider adoption when they add a pet to their lives."


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 $1.7 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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