SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

February 15, 2011 14:34 ET

More Than 17,000 Lives Saved During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - This Valentine's Day, more than 17,000 homeless dogs, cats and small animals across the nation enjoyed the gift of a lifelong, loving home, thanks to the PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, which was held Feb. 11-13 in all 1,172 PetSmart® stores in the U.S. and Canada. 

More than 2,000 animal-welfare organizations participated in saving the lives of 17,043 pets during the weekend-long event, a 3 percent growth over the event held at the same time last year. PetSmart Charities provided increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies, which received $35 for every pet they adopted at in-store pet adoption centers during the entire week of National Adoption Weekend.

"With the help of all our partner animal-welfare organizations, we are making a real difference for homeless pets," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "With such a successful first national adoption weekend, we anticipate great results for our three other National Adoption Weekends to be held later this year."

The event was proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart® in the U.S. and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart® in Canada.

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America, and more than 4.4 million pets have found homes through the PetSmart Charities adoption centers. One pet's life is saved every minute that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open. PetSmart Charities is also the leading funder of companion animal-welfare efforts and has provided $110 million in grants and funding.

To find a PetSmart Charities' adoption center near you and to learn about how PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

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 $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.4 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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