SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

December 17, 2009 17:30 ET

PetSmart Charities® of Canada Celebrates Milestone, 100,000th Adoption

"Calli" the Kitten Is 100,000th Pet Saved at PetSmart Charities® of Canada Adoption Center

BARRIE, ON--(Marketwire - December 17, 2009) - A 5-month-old kitten named Calli was honored today as the 100,000th pet adopted in Canada from a PetSmart Charities of Canada Adoption Center. A celebration of the milestone adoption took place at the PetSmart® store in Barrie, Ontario, at 33 Mapleview Drive East.

Rob J. Smith, PetSmart® Regional Director for Canada, presented Calli and her adoptive family with complimentary pet supplies and a lifetime supply of cat food. Dave Vanderloo, manager of the Barrie store where the adoption occurred also was on hand, along with Morley Hodder, PetSmart® district manager and Carol Snow, director of Street Cats Animal Rescue in Innisfil, Ontario, the agency that did the 100,000th adoption.

Established in 1999, PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity that supports pet-adoption, spay/neuter and emergency relief efforts. It has an Adoption Center in all 63 PetSmart® stores in Canada and currently works with 125 Canadian animal-welfare agencies and rescue groups to find lifelong, loving homes for pets in need.

Calli was adopted by the Wiggins family of Thornton, Ontario, who had visited the Barrie store to take their dog Bree, a rescued boxer-terrier mix, to the groomer. While there, they decided to shop for their other pets: a cat named Mandy and a Chinchilla named Chinn. They spotted Calli in the PetSmart Charities of Canada Adoption Center, where Street Cats Animal Rescue was showcasing her and other homeless cats.

"We weren't sure we were ready for another cat," said Vivian Wiggins. "In September, we lost our beloved 17-year-old cat Sasha, and we knew that Mandy missed having a feline companion. When we saw Calli in the adoption display, we knew she was the one for us."

Street Cats Animal Rescue had taken in Calli from another local shelter; no one is sure how or why the adorable kitten ended up homeless, but she was one of a litter of three orphaned kittens dropped off at the shelter. With her lovable personality, however, it is easy to understand how she quickly captivated the Wiggins family, including mom Vivian, dad Bill and four children: Robert, Matthew, Darryl and Kara.

"She won over my husband immediately," Vivian said. "We knew she would be a great addition to our family."

Today, Smith presented Calli and the Wiggins family with a cartload of complimentary pet supplies and a lifetime supply of Authority brand cat food on behalf of PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities of Canada awarded non-profit Street Cats Animal Rescue a $1,000 check for being the agency that placed the 100,000th pet in Canada.

Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities® of Canada, said she is hopeful that news about the milestone adoption will inspire other prospective pet parents to save a homeless cat or dog. Sadly, about 400,000 pets in Canada must be put down every year because they do not have homes.

"Adoption is crucial to ending the tragedy of euthanasia," Della Maddalena said. "We are proud to be part of the lifesaving solution, and extend our thanks to everyone who played a part in helping us reach the milestone 100,000th adoption in Canada."

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES® OF CANADA

PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. 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, PetSmart Charities of Canada 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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