SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

October 13, 2010 11:12 ET

Petsmart Charities® Oklahoma City Community Adoption Event Kicks off With Goal of Saving 200 Lives

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 13, 2010) -  PetSmart Charities is hosting a community adoption event in Oklahoma City aimed at helping 200 pets find lifelong, loving homes. Proudly sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats®, this event will bring awareness to the many pets who are available for adoption in the local community.

The Oklahoma City community adoption event is part of 19 events scheduled across the country during 2010 and part of the largest-ever adoption push in PetSmart Charities' history. 

The adoption event is scheduled for October 23rd and 24th at the PetSmart® store located at 2140 W. Memorial Road. This special midnight madness adopt-a-thon begins at 12 a.m. on Saturday and runs continuously through Sunday at 6 p.m. The Oklahoma Humane Society is the lead agency handling adoptions in the Oklahoma City store. Each adopter will receive free samples of dog or cat food and kitty litter, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan and Tidy Cats.

"This is the second community adoption event taking place in Oklahoma City this year. During the first event, 388 pets found lifelong, loving homes," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "There are so many amazing pets who are waiting for loving homes in shelters and with rescue groups in Oklahoma City. We know that this event will go a long way toward giving even more pets the chances they deserve."

An estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, but 3 to 4 million never find homes. PetSmart Charities strives to bring attention to the availability of pets at shelters and with rescue groups and to the benefits of pet adoption. More than 2,000 animal-welfare partners are able to utilize the PetSmart Charities adoption centers, which are located in all 1,164 PetSmart® stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. In the last 14 years, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 4.3 million pets find homes. For every minute that the Adoption Centers are open, one pet's life is saved.

"We encourage Oklahoma residents who are looking for a new pet to consider adoption," continued Della Maddalena. "When you open your heart to a pet who is looking for a home, you save a life and enrich your own."

"Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home," said Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. "Our goal with this partnership is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with high quality 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.

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