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October 24, 2012 08:30 ET

Celebrate Saving Homeless Pets During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, November 2-4

TORONTO--(Marketwire - Oct 24, 2012) - Celebrate the season -- and save a life -- by adopting a pet into your family during the PetSmart Charities of Canada's National Adoption Weekend, sponsored by PetSmart®. Visit your neighbourhood PetSmart store from November 2-4 to help find forever homes for hundreds of wonderful adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Each year, more than 140,000 companion pets are admitted into animal welfare organizations in Canada. PetSmart Charities of Canada's programs, including National Adoption Weekend, are made possible through donations. Just $25 saves the life of a healthy, adoptable pet and funds programs focused on giving these pets a second chance. Donations can be made online, by email at gifts@petsmartcharities.org or by calling 623-587-2826. Also new to PetSmart stores across the country is the ability to donate via interact in-store, making it easier to make a difference in the lives of pets every day of the year.

"Not only does an adoptable pet bring joy to our lives, but adoption is one of the key ways to end pet homelessness," said John DeFranco, President of PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. "While adoption is one piece of the solution, we know not everyone is able to adopt. You can help celebrate saving a pet's life with a donation that will fund adoption events like this that have played a role in finding homes for more than 130,000 pets across Canada."

During National Adoption Weekend, more than 126 Canadian local animal welfare organizations will come together with a variety of adoptable pets in need of homes, to assist in finding a perfect match for you. Both purebreds and mixed breeds are available for adoption, as well as cats and dogs looking for their lifelong home.

These events are proudly sponsored by PetSmart, Purina® Pro Plan® and MAXX Scoop®. As an added incentive, participating local welfare organizations and rescue agencies will receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities of Canada for every pet they adopt during the event.

"We are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by donating space in every PetSmart store nationwide for pet adoptions. Together with PetSmart Charities of Canada, we're truly making a difference one life at a time," said Jennifer Kinnon, marketing manager, PetSmart Canada. "And to ensure these pets find happy, forever homes, our stores offer a wide selection of products and services to help pet parents care for the newest member of the family -- everything from food and apparel to training classes and grooming."

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities of Canada's adoption centres inside any PetSmart store across the country from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. To find the PetSmart store nearest you and to learn about the adoption center's fees and guidelines, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

Stay up-to-date on the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets by visiting www.PetSmartCharities.org and by following on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities.

About PetSmart Canada®
In Canada, PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets, which employees approximately 29,000 associates and operates over 78 pet stores across Canada, 7 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading provider of pet supplies and pet care information (www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp(SM) day care services and pet adoption services.

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About PetSmart Charities® of Canada
Since 1999, PetSmart Charities of Canada Inc., an independent non-profit animal welfare organization, has raised more than $4.3 million benefiting animal welfare organizations across the country. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart Canada has helped save the lives of nearly 130,000 pets.

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