SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

August 30, 2010 14:54 ET

Homeless Pets in Canada Need Your Help

Donation Program Runs September 6-20 in All Canadian PetSmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 30, 2010) - PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. announces its fall donation program which runs September 6-20 in all Canadian PetSmart® stores. This program gives you the opportunity to give a little... and save a lot of lives.

Anyone who visits any of the 68 PetSmart® stores in Canada can donate $1, $5, $10, $15 or $20 to nonprofit PetSmart Charities at the register. Proceeds will benefit Canadian animal-welfare organizations and their adoption and spay/neuter program efforts. PetSmart Charities also will use donations to fund emergency relief for pets affected by natural or man-made disasters in Canada, as well as educational programs that help local shelters and rescue groups enhance and improve their efforts.

"Our fall donation program makes it quick and easy for people to help pets in need and know their gift is helping in a big way," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director, PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. "Pet lovers can deposit cash into a donation box at the register or ask the cashier to scan a specialized barcode in the desired donation amount. All funds raised in Canada will be used only in Canada to help homeless pets."

Everyone who donates can then sign a decal, which will be displayed inside the store.

How Your Donations Help

  • $1 helps immunize a pet against life-threatening diseases
  • $5 helps deliver valuable on-line training from subject-matter experts to animal-welfare agencies (at no cost)
  • $10 helps provide emergency relief to pets after natural or man-made disasters in the form of veterinary care or much-needed supplies
  • $15 helps an animal-welfare agency prepare a pet for his or her new home
  • $20 helps offset the costs of ensuring high-quality spay/neuter services for dogs and cats

The fall donation program coincides with PetSmart Charities' Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend. The three-day adoption event is Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at all 1,160 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada.

Proudly sponsored by Hill's® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®, the event goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 19,600 dogs, cats and other pets from shelters and rescue agencies across North America. More than 2,000 agencies that care for homeless pets are expected to participate.

"Because of the generosity of donors in Canada, we've been able to provide more than $2 million in funding to support local animal welfare groups," Della Maddalena added. "And through our adoption program, we've helped find homes for more than 100,000 pets in need. We extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who makes a donation or adopts a pet."

PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc., (PCCI) is a registered charity 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 1999, PCCI has granted more than $2.1 million to animal welfare agencies and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 100,000 pets.

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