SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities, Inc.

September 21, 2010 20:07 ET

PetSmart Charities® Phoenix Community Adoption Event Kicks Off With Goal of Saving 200 Lives

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) - PetSmart Charities is having a community adoption event at the PetSmart® corporate headquarters in Phoenix, with a goal of 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 Phoenix community adoption event is part of 18 events planned across the country during 2010 and part of the largest-ever adoption push in PetSmart Charities' history. During the 11 events that have already occurred, 1,508 pets have found homes.

The adoption event is scheduled for October 16th and 17th at the PetSmart® corporate headquarters at 19601 N. 27th Ave. in Phoenix (27th and Yorkshire Avenues, just west of Interstate 17). Adoption times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA and HALO Animal Rescue are the lead agencies handling adoptions. Each adopter will receive free samples of dog or cat food and kitty litter, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan and Tidy Cats.

"This event is very special for us because it's being held in our backyard," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "The community adoption events have been so successful this year so we knew we had to hold one in our own community. These events give a little more attention to very special pets who are looking for lifelong, loving homes."

Annually in the U.S., an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters 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 as well as 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 million pets find homes. For every minute that the Adoption Centers are open, one pet's life is saved.

"We encourage residents in the metro-Phoenix area 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. Community adoption events, such as this event in Phoenix, will give even more pets the opportunity to find the homes they deserve."

"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 4.3 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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