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November 17, 2010 17:47 ET

Save the Date to Save Homeless Pets in Arizona

PetSmart Charities® PetWalk™ and Adoption Event Is February 20, 2011 in Tempe, Ariz.

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) -  Want to save the lives of homeless pets in Arizona? Then save the date -- Sunday, February 20, 2011 -- for the PetSmart Charities PetWalk™ and Adoption Event, presented by Purina® ProPlan®.

The event takes place at Tempe Town Lake in Tempe, Ariz., and features a 1-mile and 5K walk, pet adoptions, refreshments and fun activities for people and pets alike. The entry fee is $25 per person in advance (prior to February 18, 2011) or $30 on event day. Children 17 and younger are free. Activities begin at 9 a.m.; the walks start at 10 a.m. and the adoption event opens at 10:30 a.m.

To register for the Phoenix PetWalk™, or for more information, visit: http://www.mypetwalk.org or
call 1-800-423-PETS.

New to the PetWalk™ this year is an on-site adoption event. Local animal-welfare organizations will be on-hand with hundreds of wonderful pets who are waiting for their lifelong, loving homes. Each adopter will receive free samples of pet food, courtesy of Purina Pro Plan. The goal for the Adoption Event is 125 adoptions.

"The PetWalk™ has proven to be a remarkably successful and popular event that unites thousands of pets and the people who love them," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We're thrilled to help save even more lives this year with the addition of this exciting, new adoption element to the event. And, just like in years past, it's a terrific opportunity for Arizona's animal-welfare organizations to raise funds and awareness, without incurring out-of-pocket expenses."

The first two PetWalks in Tempe, Ariz., have raised more than $460,000 to support efforts that save the lives of homeless pets and, each year, have attracted more than 10,000 human and pet participants. Now one of the largest pet-themed events in the metro-Phoenix area, the PetWalk™ is expanding to communities across the U.S. and Canada to support the efforts of local organizations and shelters that strive to save the lives of pets who don't have homes.

"The PetWalk™ also gives everyone who cares about pets the chance to get involved in a lifesaving effort," Della Maddalena added. "It's a great way to celebrate the special pets in our lives and also help so many other pets in need."

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 companion 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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