SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

March 03, 2011 14:58 ET

PetSmart Charities® Launches 2011 Community Adoption Events

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - PetSmart Charities has kicked off its second year of community adoption events, aimed at saving the lives of more than 3,500 pets.

The 2011 community adoption events will be held in 17 cities across the United States and Canada in partnership with local animal-welfare organizations. Last year, PetSmart Charities held 21 community adoption events that cumulatively saved the lives of 3,517 pets.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats® (MAXX Scoop in Canada), these events will raise awareness for pets available for adoption in local communities and give rescue groups and shelters a venue to showcase them. In each community, adoption agencies will also receive increased adoption rewards from PetSmart Charities for every pet adopted.

"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."

Annually in the U.S., an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters 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. 

"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."

The 2011 community adoption event dates and locations planned to date are:

Date   Address   Location   Lead Agency
March 5   Franciscan Renewal
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
  Scottsdale, Ariz.   PACC 911
March
12-13
  PetSmart store
12264 Chattanooga Plaza
  Midlothian, Va.   Richmond Animal League
March
18-20
  PetSmart store
7340 W. 191st St.
  Tinley Park, Ill.   South Suburban Humane Society
April 3   Paws Around the Fountain
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd 
  Fountain Hills, Ariz.   PACC 911
April
5-6
  PetSmart store
3501 Catclaw Dr.
  Abilene, Texas   Rescue the Animals
April
9-10
  PetSmart store
976 N. Route 59
  Aurora, Ill.   TAILS Humane Society
April
9-10
  PetSmart store
1276 Carmia Way
  Richmond, Va.   Richmond Animal League
April 10   PetSmart store
17845 Garden Way NE
  Woodinville, Wash.   Pawsitive Alliance
May
11-17
  PetSmart store
40 YMCA Dr.
  St. Catharines, Ontario   Lincoln County Humane Society
May
13-15
  PetSmart store
6327 SW 3rd St.
  Oklahoma City, Okla.   Central Oklahoma Humane Society
May
14-15
  Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
  Royal Oak, Mich.   Michigan Humane Society
May
14-15
  PetSmart store
9870 Brook Rd
  Glen Allen, Va.   Richmond Animal League
May
21-22
  La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
  Los Angeles, Calif.   Best Friends Animal Society
June
4-5
  Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave.
  White Plains, N.Y.   Best Friends Animal Society
June
11-12
  PetSmart store
12264 Chattanooga Plaza
  Midlothian, Va.   Richmond Animal League
June
17-19
  PetSmart store
10248 Coors Bypass NW
  Albuquerque, N.M.   Watermelon Mountain Ranch
September
24-25
  Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.
  Royal Oak, Mich.   Michigan Humane Society
October
22-23
  Franciscan Renewal
5802 E. Lincoln Dr.
  Scottsdale, Ariz.   PACC 911
November
5-6
  PetSmart Corporate Headquarters
19601 N. 27th Ave.
  Phoenix, Ariz.   HALO Animal Rescue;
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
December
16-18
  PetSmart store
10248 Coors Bypass NW
  Albuquerque, N.M.   Watermelon Mountain Ranch

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 www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

Contact Information

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    Michelle Thompson
    Communications Manager
    (623) 587-2863