SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

January 18, 2010 13:41 ET

Pets Get a "Second Chance for Love" During the PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - January 18, 2010) - You can help a homeless pet find love during the PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend this February 12-14. Hill's® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart® are the proud sponsors of this adoption event, which will be held in all 1,149 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada.

More than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies throughout North America are expected to participate and will be presenting adoptable pets at every PetSmart Charities in-store adoption center. The event will take place Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14 with a goal of finding homes for 16,100 dogs, cats and small animals.

"This is a perfect opportunity to give homeless pets the second chances they deserve," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "With so many shelters and rescue groups filled to capacity, this national adoption event will give animal-welfare organizations the chance to showcase pets who are ready for a lifelong, loving home."

In the U.S. alone, an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year, but 3 to 4 million never find homes. During the last 14 years, the PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers have found homes for more than 4 million pets. For every minute that the Adoption Centers are open, one pet's life is saved.

"At PetSmart Charities, we are strong advocates for adopting rather than purchasing a new pet," added Della Maddalena. "This event will give prospective Pet Parents the opportunity to find a great pet who will complete their families and bring them unconditional love."

Not only will prospective pet parents get a new family member during this event, but they will also receive free samples from Hill's Science Diet Brand and PetSmart®. In addition, select PetSmart® stores will provide additional space in their parking lots to showcase even more pets who need to find homes.

"We are extremely proud and excited to sponsor this event," said Suzan Harrison, Hill's president, Hill's North America. "Hill's Science Diet Brand is committed to helping homeless cats and dogs find loving, caring homes to enjoy for the rest of their lives. To that end, Hill's will donate $400,000 to PetSmart Charities in 2010 to support pet adoptions."


Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit the PetSmart Charities' Adoption Center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. and Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 14. Adoptions are handled by participating animal-welfare groups. Call a PetSmart® store near you to find out about a specific agency's set-up time during the three-day event.

To find the PetSmart Charities' Adoption Center nearest you, visit or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is helping animals, visit

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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