SOURCE: PetSmart

June 23, 2008 13:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Service Dog Donation

Twelve-Year-Old Indianapolis Community Member to Receive a Free Canine Assistants Service Dog

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - June 23, 2008) - (NASDAQ: PETM)

WHAT

Craig Haynes of Indianapolis, who uses a wheelchair and has been diagnosed with Autism, will be welcomed to the Canine Assistants family and introduced to a representative Canine Assistants service dog.

WHERE

PetSmart
5750 West 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 802.9025

WHEN

Thursday, June 26, 2008
11:00 AM

WHY

This sponsorship is part of the Milk-Bone® Canine Heroes Program™ and the celebration of 100 years in providing America's select brand of dog treats. Milk-Bone® and PetSmart are sponsoring a Canine Assistants service dog for Craig Haynes. Craig Haynes and his new best friend will go home together after they have both attended an upcoming sponsored training camp together. The cost and care of these specially trained dogs can exceed $20,000! This sponsorship will cover all travel and boarding at camp for Craig Haynes and includes veterinarian costs for the life of the dog!

A certified Canine Assistants Trainer and a representative dog will be speaking at the event along with representatives from PetSmart and Milk-Bone®.

Since 1997, Milk-Bone® has helped to sponsor over 800 police and service dogs all across the country. Milk-Bone® has worked with PetSmart since 2001 to donate a total of 22 dogs to PetSmart community recipients like Craig Haynes.

The media and public are invited to attend the event, meet Craig Haynes and his family, and learn more about service dogs and how they help persons with disabilities deal with the everyday.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Frances Rosemeyer
    Canine Assistants
    (678) 469.5588

    Kristin Heup
    The Wilson Group
    (972) 444.8443

    Tracy Conrad
    PetSmart
    (623) 587.2177