SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

April 17, 2008 20:45 ET

Do What Oprah Says -- Adopt Your Next Pet

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) - Spring is puppy and kitten season and a time for new beginnings. If your family has recently considered adding a pet to your home, visit the PetSmart Charities Spring National Adoption Event May 2-4 to find your new best friend.

More than 3,400 pet adoption agencies will be on hand at PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Canada. You can browse, meet and greet more dogs, cats and small animals than any other time of the year. Contact your local PetSmart store for agency hours of participation.

If you adopt a pet, you'll get a "Welcome to Pet Parenthood" guide that includes information on how to raise a healthy and happy pet and more than $140 in coupons for dog products and services and more than $90 in coupons for cat products and services.

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Before you go, read our pet adoption checklist to see if your family is ready to receive that new family member.

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From Our PetSmart Charities Adoption Partners

  • "We are deeply appreciative of your support which enables us to continue to rescue and find homes for abandoned and stray dogs and cats. It is an honor and a privilege to be a PetSmart Charities Adoption Partner."

- Janet Mullen, Noah's Ark Animal Foundation, Fairfield, IA

  • "We have no public funds, so our survival depends on fundraising projects, and donations from groups and individuals. Last year we placed almost 400 dogs and cats in their forever homes. Your support of our organization helps so much in providing a high quality of life for the animals in our care while they wait for permanent and loving homes."

- Leslie Page, Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter, Parkville, MO

  • "Taking pets to Pet Adoption Day at the store is an excellent outing for the pets and offers prospective adopters an opportunity to interact with the pets before making a commitment to ownership. Also, the time spent in the store allows HOPE volunteers to promote awareness about pet owner responsibility. Thank you again for your support."

- Daryl Lasseigne, HOPE for Animals, Thibodaux, LA

  • "Not only has PetSmart been a great venue for adoptions, we have found several new volunteers and foster families. Both the Natomas PetSmart and the Folsom PetSmart have been so good to us and our Labs. Thank you."

- Jackie Gilson Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Sacramento, CA

  • "Thank you for helping us to make a difference on behalf of animals in our community."

- Natalie DiGacomo, Spartanburg Humane Society, Inc., Spartanburg, SC

From PetSmart Charities Leadership

  • "During this year's nationwide Spring Adoption Event we hope to find homes for more than 14,600 once homeless pets. We are sincerely grateful for the more than 3 million people who've adopted a pet and our 3,400 animal welfare partners who facilitate our in-store adoptions for helping us save so many lives."

- Julie Schmaltz, Adoptions Operations Manager

  • "There are hundreds of thousands of pets waiting to find a forever family in shelters across the country. The PetSmart Charities Adoption event offers potential adopters a great opportunity to meet that one very special pet that can become their friend for life."

- Susana Della Maddalena, Executive Director

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 $70 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.3 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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