SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

October 11, 2010 18:55 ET

Save a Pet's Life During the PetSmart Charities® Holiday National Adoption Weekend

Event Goal Is 18,200 Pets' Lives Saved This November 12-14 in All Petsmart® Stores

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 11, 2010) -  You can save a life this holiday season by adopting a pet during the PetSmart Charities Holiday National Adoption Weekend. The three-day event runs Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14 at all 1,164 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 goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 18,200 dogs, cats and small pets from more than 2,000 participating shelters and rescue agencies across North America. 

"PetSmart Charities' vision is a lifelong, loving home for every pet, and we see every day how much adopting a pet can enrich your life," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "During these adoption events, we continue to see how many people are willing to open their hearts and their homes to pets in need."

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America and a strong advocate for pet adoption.

"About 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and about half must be euthanized," Della Maddalena said. "Adoption is one very important way to reduce the number of pets who must be put down every year in our nation's shelters. This adoption event helps give those pets even more exposure to people who love pets so they can get the second chances they deserve."

Since being founded in 1994, PetSmart Charities has led pet-adoption efforts across North America. In fact:

  • During fiscal year 2009, a record 409,613 pets found homes at the PetSmart Charities adoption centers, which are located inside every PetSmart® store.
  • Since 1994, more than 4.3 million pets have been adopted at PetSmart Charities' adoption centers in North America. PetSmart Charities celebrated its 4-millionth adoption in January.
  • One pet's life is saved every minute that the PetSmart Charities' adoption centers are open.
  • PetSmart Charities now provides more than $10 million a year in adoption-reward grants to the thousands of animal-welfare agencies it collaborates with through the in-store adoption program.

During the Holiday National Adoption Weekend, cat and dog adopters will receive free samples from Purina Pro Plan, Tidy Cats (Maxx Scoop in Canada) and PetSmart®. In addition, PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants to all participating shelters and rescue agencies; in fact, all agencies will receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt into a lifelong, loving home in stores between November 8 and November 14.

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, November 12 and Saturday, November 13; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 14. 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 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

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 or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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