SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

October 31, 2011 08:00 ET

Give a Forever Home to an Adoptable Pet at PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, November 11-13

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2011) - If you've been considering adopting a new four-legged family member, consider saving a life at the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Nov. 11-13. Together with more than 2,000 animal welfare organizations across North America, this three-day event will take place in more than 1,187 PetSmart® stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and will showcase nearly 17,000 wonderful adoptable pets.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart® in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart® in Canada, the event is the final national adoption weekend in 2011. With the support of the pet parent community, nearly 51,000 pets have been adopted into lifelong, loving homes this year.

"Adoption allows us to not only save a life but enrich our own," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Because 4 million pets every year lose their lives needlessly, we are a strong advocate for pet adoption. Therefore, PetSmart Charities sponsors several national and local adoption events throughout the year that help find homes for thousands of lovable and healthy pets."

As an added benefit, PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies can receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt in stores between Nov. 11-13.

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America, helping more than 4.7 million pets find homes through the PetSmart Charities adoption centers. PetSmart Charities is also the leading funder of animal-welfare efforts and has provided $134 million in grants and funding.

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities' adoption center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. or Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. To find the PetSmart® store nearest you and to learn about the adoption center's fees and guidelines, visit 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 and by following on Facebook at

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 4.7 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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