SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

September 12, 2011 11:00 ET

Save the Date to Raise $150,000 and Save Homeless Pets in Fort Worth at the PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2011) - Want to help save the lives of homeless pets? Then join forces with the inaugural PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ presented by Purina® ProPlan®, on Saturday, November 19 at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. The goal is to raise $150,000 for local animal-welfare agencies and PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of companion animal-welfare efforts in North America.

PetWalk features activities for adults, kids and pets alike, including 5K and one-mile walks, contests, free samples of pet products from vendors, and performances by the Purina Incredible Dog Team. The registration fee is $25 through November 1, 2011, and $30 between November 2 and event day. Children 17 and younger -- and pets -- are free. Activities begin at 9 a.m.; the walks begin at 10 a.m.

To register for the PetSmart Charities PetWalk in Forth Worth, or for more information, visit

"We are excited to bring our PetWalk fundraising event to the city of Fort Worth where we hope to make an impact on saving pets' lives in the area," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director and vice president of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "PetWalk gives pet lovers in the Fort Worth area the chance to get involved in a lifesaving effort by raising funds for their local animal-welfare organizations."

This year in America, 8 million pets will end up in shelters and 4 million will be euthanized (11,000 every day) because they never find a home. By supporting the PetSmart Charities PetWalk, residents of the Fort Worth area will raise funds for local animal-welfare organizations committed to finding a lifelong, loving home for every pet.

PetSmart Charities' first three PetWalks in Arizona have raised more than $780,000 to support efforts that save the lives of homeless pets and in total have attracted more than 13,000 human and pet participants. Now one of the largest pet-themed events in the metro-Phoenix area, PetWalk is expanding to communities across the U.S. to support the efforts of local organizations and shelters that strive to save the lives of homeless pets.

Learn more and follow along on PetSmart Charities' Facebook page 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 companion animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. 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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