SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

November 03, 2011 14:59 ET

People Saving Pets™ Announces Volunteer Action Day

Get Involved and Help Care for Homeless Pets

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 3, 2011) - Are you passionate about pets and searching for ways to help local animal welfare organizations? Well, look no further. On Tuesday, November 8, People Saving Pets™ introduces Volunteer Action Day to bring awareness around the volunteer needs of animal welfare organizations and to encourage the public to help pets by volunteering in their communities.

People Saving Pets is a social movement dedicated to saving the lives of adoptable pets and solving the homeless pet problem by uniting pet lovers and inspiring local action. On November 8, People Saving Pets will encourage volunteers from all over the United States to visit to learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities at local animal welfare organizations.

The dependence on volunteers to keep shelters running is considerable. According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey, 97% of animal welfare organizations utilize volunteers. These volunteers help keep administrative costs down, allowing the organizations to use their funds to care for adoptable pets, which includes providing spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, food and more.

Specialized infographics developed for Volunteer Action Day showcase how volunteers help animal welfare organizations and help people understand what to expect when volunteering to help pets. Download the infographics and learn more at

About People Saving Pets
Every day, 11,000 adoptable pets are euthanized simply because they don't have homes. People Saving Pets is a first-of-its kind initiative that unites everyday people who love animals and animal welfare organizations toward a common goal of helping people understand the issue of pet homelessness and learning how they can take action in their communities. Nearly 200 animal welfare organizations, representing 11 states and some national groups, have joined the movement.

There are many ways to get involved with the People Saving Pets Movement. PetSmart Charities encourages animal-lovers to volunteer, opt to adopt a pet, donate, spay or neuter their pets, or simply spread the word about the People Saving Pets movement. Visit to find online tools and resources, or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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 $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of nearly 5 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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