SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

January 20, 2011 12:50 ET

PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend Feb. 11-13

Events Held in All PetSmart® Stores to Find Homes for 17,229 Pets

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) -  This February 11-13, you can give a pet a second chance to find a lifelong, loving home during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. The three-day event will be held in all 1,172 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart® in the U.S. and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart® in Canada, the event is the first of four national adoption weekends in 2011. More than 2,000 animal-welfare organizations across North America will participate with the goal of finding homes for 17,229 dogs, cats and small animals.

"Every year, about eight million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S., and about half must be euthanized," said Susana Della Maddelana, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "PetSmart Charities is a strong advocate for pet adoptions, and we see how many pets' lives can be saved during these events. Adoption not only saves the life of a homeless pet, but it also enriches yours."

PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies. All agencies will receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt at in-store pet adoption centers during the entire week of National Adoption Weekend.

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America and more than 4.4 million pets have found homes through the PetSmart Charities adoption centers. One pet's life is saved every minute that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open. PetSmart Charities is also the leading funder of animal-welfare efforts and has provided $110 million in grants and funding.

"Every homeless animal 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 National Adoption Weekend 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."

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities' adoption center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. or Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 13. Participating animal-welfare groups manage adoptions and determine their own pet-adoption fees and adoption guidelines. Call a PetSmart® store near you to find out about a specific agency's set-up time during the three-day event.

To find a PetSmart Charities' adoption center near you and to learn about how PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

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.

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