SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

January 11, 2010 12:49 ET

Join in the Fun at the 2nd Annual PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ to Benefit Arizona's Homeless Pets

Proceeds Benefit Animal-Welfare Agencies Statewide and PetSmart Charities

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - The 2nd annual PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ presented by Purina® Pro Plan® is headed back to Tempe! Proudly sponsored by KSAZ-TV Fox 10/My 45 and PetSmart®, the PetWalk is set for Sunday, February 21, 2010, at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz. It will feature 5K and one-mile walks plus contests and fun, pet-themed events.

Leashed and safely contained, friendly animals and their human companions are welcome to take part and raise funds for Phoenix-based, nonprofit PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare agencies in North America. Walkers can also raise funds for the participating animal agency of their choice. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $88 million in animal-welfare grants and programs and, through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada, has helped nearly 4 million homeless pets find new families.

"Last year, more than 8,000 people and 10,000 pets came together to support animal-rescue agencies, humane societies and shelters in Arizona and to achieve one shared goal of helping homeless and rescued animals in need. This event is a great opportunity to have fun with your pets and celebrate how much they enrich our lives," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We know that this year's event will be even more successful in helping homeless pets in Arizona."

Walkers are asked to collect pledges on behalf of PetSmart Charities or the participating agency of their choice. A $25 advance online registration fee ($30 the day of the event) will fund programs that help pets find lifelong, loving homes. For registration information, visit

The following animal-welfare agencies, rescue groups and shelters are among the dozens of Arizona groups that are taking part in the PetSmart Charities PetWalk on February 21, 2010 at Tempe Town Lake. We hope to see YOU there, too!

Participating local animal-welfare agencies to date:

Arizona Adopt a Greyhound, Inc.        H.A.L.O. Animal Rescue
Arizona Animal Welfare League          Home 'Fur' Good
Arizona Basset Hound Rescue            Lucky Dog Rescue
Arizona Beagle Rescue                  Milagro Senior Pet Refuge
Arizona Equine Rescue Organization,    Oasis Sanctuary
 Inc.                                  Phoenix Animal Care Coalition
Arizona Golden Rescue                   (PACC911)
Arizona Humane Society                 Pinal County Animal Care &
Arizona Jack Russell Rescue, Inc.       Control
Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed         Rescue a Golden
 Rescue                                Small Paws Rescue (Bichon Rescue)
Arizona Sheltie Rescue                 Southwest Collie Rescue
Blistered Whiskers Inc.                Southwest German Shepherd Rescue
Boxer Luv Rescue                       Valley Dogs, Inc.
Dreamchaser PMU Rescue &               Valley of the Sun Giant Schnauzer
 Rehabilitation Inc.                    Rescue
FACCS                                  Wildhorse Ranch Rescue
Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary
 and Rescue

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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 $88 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4 million pets. 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.

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