SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

April 14, 2011 12:11 ET

PetSmart Charities® Holds Kennewick Community Adoption Event

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Apr 14, 2011) - PetSmart Charities will host a community adoption event with the goal of saving more than 50 pets in Kennewick, Wash. on April 16, 2011. The Kennewick community adoption event will be held at Columbia Park East located at 2700 Columbia Park Trail in partnership with Jenny's Hope.

The event is part of 24 community adoption events PetSmart Charities is holding with its local animal rescue agency partners in cities across the United States and Canada throughout 2011. Last year, PetSmart Charities held 21 community adoption events that cumulatively saved the lives of 3,517 pets.

"Our community adoption events give pets in local communities the extra exposure they need to get the second chance they deserve," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Our animal-welfare partners helped us make this a very successful initiative in 2010, and we're looking forward to being able to save even more lives this year."

An estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, but approximately 4 million never find homes. PetSmart Charities strives to bring attention to the availability of pets at shelters and rescue groups and to the benefits of pet adoption.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats®, the Kennewick community adoption event will raise awareness for pets available to adopt in the local community and provide Jenny's Hope with a venue to showcase them. In every location where a community adoption event will be held, adoption agencies will also receive increased adoption rewards from PetSmart Charities for every pet adopted.

"Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home," said Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. "Our goal in supporting the PetSmart Charities' community adoption events is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with super premium nutrition as well as other important pet care supplies. We hope by providing these essentials, these pets and new pet owners can now focus on other important matters like growing a bond for life."

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 $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4.4 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.

Contact Information

    Michelle Thompson
    Communications Manager
    (623) 587-2863