SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

March 04, 2013 08:30 ET

Find Your Lucky Charm at PetSmart Charities® Phoenix Adoption Event

Mobile Vaccination and Spay and Neuter Clinics Available On-Site

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Mar 4, 2013) - Looking for your good luck charm this St. Patrick's Day? Don't settle for wishing on a shamrock -- find it by adopting a pet at PetSmart Charities' community adoption event on Saturday, March 16 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday, March 17 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Sponsored by KTVK 3TV, Banfield Pet Hospital and Purina® Pro Plan®, the event will be held at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix (1826 W. McDowell Rd.) in partnership with several local animal welfare agencies.

"This community adoption event is just one of many that make PetSmart Charities the leader in pet adoptions -- finding homes for over 400,000 dogs and cats each year," said Jan Wilkins, executive director for PetSmart Charities. "When you adopt, you save a pet's life and enrich your own."

For pet parents who have already found their furry lucky charm, the event will also offer free mobile spay/neuter clinics as well as low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchips on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about the specific vaccinations, spay and neuter clinic requirements and fees, visit PetSmart Charities' adoption events page.

"This event is a great way to showcase hundreds of adoptable pets in our local community that deserve lifelong loving homes," said Heather Allen, president and CEO, HALO Animal Rescue. "We hope that pet parents will take advantage of the on-site spay/neuter clinic, microchipping and vaccinations, which will keep pets healthy while also taking important steps to reduce the pet homelessness population."

Pet parents and their furry friends are encouraged to flash their best smiles at the event's on-site photo booth. Photos will be shared across PetSmart Charities' Facebook and Twitter social media channels, and attendees can join the conversation by using the hashtag #AZadopts.

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 more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

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