SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

August 15, 2011 11:46 ET

Give a Forever Home to an Adoptable Pet During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, September 9-11

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2011) - If you've been considering adopting a new four-legged family member, consider saving a life at the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend this September 9-11. Thousands of wonderful pets will be available for adoption from animal-welfare organizations across North America in more than 1,187 PetSmart® stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Visit the PetSmart Charities' adoption center inside any PetSmart store from Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 11. To find the PetSmart store near you, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

"Sadly, four million adoptable pets are euthanized every year because they don't have a home to go to. Adoption is one of the best ways to put an end to pet homelessness," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "When you adopt, you save a life and enrich your own."

PetSmart Charities, which is the leading funder of companion animal-welfare efforts in North America, has helped more than 4.6 million pets find homes through its adoption centers since 1994. National Adoption Weekends are held four times a year and are proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart in the U.S. and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart in Canada.

"Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home," said Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. "Our goal in supporting the PetSmart Charities' National Adoption events is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with super premium nutrition as well as other important pet care supplies. We hope by providing these essentials, these pets and new pet owners can now focus on other important matters like growing a bond for life."

As an added benefit, PetSmart Charities will provide $35 adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies for every pet they adopt in stores between Sept. 5-11. PetSmart Charities provides approximately $8 million in adoption-reward grants annually to its 2,000-plus nonprofit adoption partners.

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/savehomelesspets.

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 more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.6 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 petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

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