SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

March 26, 2010 09:00 ET

Spring Adoption Event Goal: 18,500 Lives Saved

PetSmart Charities® Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend Is April 30-May 2 in All PetSmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -  Ready to save a life and find a new best friend? Don't miss the next PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend. The three-day adoption event is Friday April 30 through Sunday May 2 at all 1,149 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada.

Proudly sponsored by Hill's® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®, the event goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 18,500 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.

"Adopting a pet saves a life and you get a lifelong companion," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Adopted pets truly can be some of the best companion animals, so we encourage anyone who is ready to make a lifetime commitment to a pet to visit one of our adoption centers during the Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend."

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

"We know that about 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year, but about half must be euthanized," Della Maddalena said. "That is a tragedy that doesn't need to occur. Adoption is one very important way to reduce the number of pets who must be put down every year in our nation's shelters. And by adopting, we enrich our own lives."

Since being founded in 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts. 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 4.1 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 place into a lifelong, loving home between April 26 and the close of the event on May 2.

"The Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend is an unbeatable opportunity for our adoption partners to save thousands of lives and earn valuable funding to support their on-going pet-adoption efforts," Della Maddalena said. "And, the joy that all the newly adopted pets will bring to their families is immeasurable."

As the primary sponsor, Hill's® Science Diet® Brand is donating $400,000 to support all four PetSmart Charities' national adoption events this year. Remaining events in 2010 are scheduled for the weekends of September 10-September 12 and November 12-November 14.

"We are extremely proud and excited to sponsor this event," said Suzan Harrison, Hill's 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. To that end, Hill's will donate $400,000 to PetSmart Charities in 2010 to support pet adoptions."

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities' adoption center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. and Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 30 and Saturday May 1; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday May 2. Participating animal-welfare groups handle 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.

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

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®
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 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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