SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

February 18, 2010 13:05 ET

PetSmart Charities® Exceeds $100 Million in Funding for Animal-Welfare Efforts in the U.S.

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) - PetSmart Charities has exceeded $100 million in cumulative funding for animal-welfare efforts in the United States. All funding supports programs and services that are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets.

PetSmart Charities ended fiscal year 2009 having provided more than $109 million in funding since its inception to local animal-welfare groups and shelters to support pet adoptions; low-cost, high-quality, high-volume and targeted spay/neuter initiatives for dogs and cats; emergency relief and innovative efforts such as the Rescue Waggin'® program.

"We are proud to be the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We strive to create and support programs that will help end homeless-pet overpopulation. With the help of our more than 2,000 animal-welfare partners throughout the United States and Canada, we continue to make great strides toward ending the tragedy of euthanasia."

PetSmart Charities of Canada also achieved a new funding milestone, ending the fiscal year with more than $2.1 million in cumulative funding for Canadian animal-welfare groups and shelters in support of their pet-adoption and spay/neuter efforts for dogs and cats.

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 $109 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 petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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 $2.1 million to animal welfare agencies and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 100,000 pets.

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