SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

November 17, 2010 14:17 ET

Pet-Adoption Event Starts the Holiday Season With 17,000 Lives Saved

PetSmart Charities® Holiday National Adoption Weekend Was November 12-14 in All PetSmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - As a great start to the holiday season, more than 17,100 pets found lifelong, loving homes during the three-day PetSmart Charities Holiday National Adoption Weekend on November 12-14. The adoption event was held in all 1,164 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada, with more than 2,000 shelters and rescue groups participating.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® (Maxx Scoop in Canada) and PetSmart®, the event was PetSmart Charities' fourth and final national adoption weekend in 2010. During the three day event, 17,181 dogs, cats and small animals went home with their new families. The number of pets' lives saved during the four national adoption events totals 68,883.

PetSmart® stores with the highest adoption numbers included Evansville, Ind. with 100 adoptions; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with 97 adoptions; Lexington, Ky. with 94 adoptions; Grand Junction, Colo. with 91 adoptions; and Topeka, Kan. with 86 adoptions.

"It's amazing to see people open their hearts and their homes to pets in need," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Whether it's during the holiday season or any other time of the year, PetSmart Charities is a strong advocate for adoption. With the help of our strong animal-welfare partners, we are helping to make a difference for homeless pets."

About 8 million dogs and cats enter U.S. animal shelters each year and only half find homes, making adoption one very important way to reduce the number of pets who must be euthanized each year. Since being founded in 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America. In fact:

  • During fiscal year 2009, a record 409,613 pets found homes at the PetSmart Charities adoption centers, which are located inside every PetSmart® store.
  • Since 1994, more than 4.3 million pets have been adopted at PetSmart Charities' adoption centers in North America. PetSmart Charities celebrated its 4-millionth adoption in January.
  • One pet's life is saved every minute that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open.
  • PetSmart Charities now provides more than $10 million a year in adoption-reward grants to the thousands of animal-welfare agencies it collaborates with through the in-store adoption program.

During the Holiday National Adoption Weekend, pet adopters received free samples from Purina Pro Plan, Tidy Cats (Maxx Scoop in Canada) and PetSmart®. In addition, PetSmart Charities provided increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies received $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they placed into a lifelong, loving home between November 8 and November 14.

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 4.3 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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