SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

April 04, 2011 17:50 ET

PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend Is April 29-May 1

Adoptions Held in All PetSmart® Stores to Find Homes for More Than 16,800 Pets

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 4, 2011) - Save the life of a homeless pet during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend this April 29-May 1. Together with more than 2,000 animal welfare organizations across North America, the three-day event will be held in the more than 1,187 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to find lifelong, loving homes for more than 16,800 dogs, cats and small animals.

Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and Purina® Pro Plan®, MAXX Scoop® and PetSmart in Canada, the event is the second of four national adoption weekends in 2011. More than 17,000 pets were adopted into new families during the first national event in February.

"Every year, 4 million pets lose their lives simply because they don't have a home. It's our goal to save these lives," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "As a strong advocate for pet adoption, PetSmart Charities sponsors adoption events on a national scale throughout the year that help more pets get the attention they need to find the lifelong, loving homes they deserve."

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America, helping more than 4.4 million pets find homes through the PetSmart Charities adoption centers. PetSmart Charities is also the leading funder of animal-welfare efforts and has provided $110 million in grants and funding. One pet's life is saved every 39 seconds that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open.

PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies can receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt in stores between April 25 and May 1.

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, April 29 and Saturday, April 30; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. Participating animal-welfare groups manage adoptions and determine their own pet-adoption fees and adoption guidelines. Call the 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 or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit Stay up-to-date by following PetSmart Charities on Facebook at

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.

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