SOURCE: PetSmart Charities of Canada

October 22, 2009 19:32 ET

PetSmart Charities® of Canada Hosts Holiday National Adoption Event in All Canadian PetSmart® Stores

Event Goal Is Lifelong, Loving Homes for More Than 600 Pets

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - PetSmart Charities invites you to bring a pet home for the holidays during the Holiday National Adoption Event this November 13-15. PetSmart® is the proud sponsor of this adoption event, which will be held in all 63 PetSmart® stores in Canada.

More than 125 animal-welfare agencies throughout Canada are expected to participate and will be presenting adoptable pets at every PetSmart Charities in-store adoption center. The event will take place Friday, November 13 through Sunday, November 15, 2009 with a goal of finding homes for more than 600 dogs, cats and small animals.

"Pets do so much to improve our quality of life," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. "There are so many great pets available for adoption, and these national events give animal-welfare organizations the opportunity to help them find the lifelong, loving homes that they deserve."

During the last 14 years, the PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers have found homes for more than 3.9 million pets. For every minute that the Adoption Centers are open, one pet's life is saved. Not only will prospective pet parents get a new family member during this event, but they will also receive free samples from PetSmart®.

"PetSmart Charities strives to raise awareness about the benefits of adopting rather than purchasing a pet," added Della Maddalena. "With so many amazing pets being showcased during this event, we know that thousands of pets will find their forever homes."

ABOUT THE HOLIDAY NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND

Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit the PetSmart Charities' Adoption Center inside any PetSmart® store in Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 15. 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 www.PetSmart.com or call 1-877-473-8762; and, to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is helping save the lives of homeless pets, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES OF CANADA

PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. (PCCI) is a registered charity 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. Since 1999, PCCI has granted more than $1.7 million to animal-welfare agencies and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 97,886 pets.

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