SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

August 24, 2009 21:33 ET

"Second Chance for Love" Fall National Adoption Event Is September 11-13 in All PetSmart® Stores

Event Goal Is Lifelong, Loving Homes for More Than 18,800 Cats and Dogs

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - August 24, 2009) - PetSmart Charities® invites you to fall in love with a new pet this September 11-13 during the PetSmart Charities "Second Chance for Love" Fall National Adoption Event, sponsored by Hill's™ Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®. The event will take place in all 1,137 PetSmart stores in the United States and Canada with a goal of finding a lifelong, loving home for more than 18,800 companion animals.

More than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies in North America are expected to participate and will showcase adoptable pets at every PetSmart Charities in-store adoption center. The event will take place Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, 2009.

"Our vision is a lifelong, loving home for every pet," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. "This event will give prospective Pet Parents the opportunity to find a great pet who will complete their families and bring them unconditional love."

In the U.S. alone, an estimated 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters each year, but 3 to 4 million never find homes.

"PetSmart Charities is a strong advocate for adoption when choosing to bring a new pet into your home," Della Maddalena added. "We strive to bring the needs of homeless pets into focus and remind everyone about the benefits of choosing adoption during our national adoption events, and we also give our animal-welfare partners a chance to showcase the pets in their care who are waiting for a forever home."

Hill's Science Diet Brand has donated $100,000 for the event to help save the lives of homeless pets. Plus, not only will prospective Pet Parents get a new family member during this event, but they will also receive valuable offers from Hill's.

"We are extremely proud and excited to be a part of this event," said Neil Thompson, Hill's president and CEO. "Hill's is committed to helping homeless cats and dogs find a loving, caring home to enjoy for the rest of their lives. To that end, we will donate to PetSmart Charities $10 per pet for the first 10,000 adoptions."

In addition, 61 PetSmart stores will provide additional space in their parking lots to showcase even more pets who need to find homes. Parking lot events are scheduled in the following locations:

                                                        PARTICIPATING
PETSMART LOCATION                CITY/STATE             ANIMAL AGENCY
-----------------           --------------------  -------------------------
277 N. Walker Rd.           Prescott          AZ  Yavapai Humane Society
1460 S. Yuma Palms Pkwy.    Yuma              AZ  Humane Society of Yuma
7680 N. Academy Blvd.       Colorado Springs  CO  San Luis Valley Animal
                                                   Welfare Society
10600 Melody Dr.            Northglenn        CO  Every Creature Counts
4300 E. Alameda Avenue      Glendale          CO  Adams County Animal
                                                   Shelter
278 New Britain Ave.        Plainville        CT  SPCA of Connecticut, Inc.
1810 Cumming Highway        Canton            GA  Dog Pack Rescue
5235 Elmore Ave.            Davenport         IA  QC Paws
500 Broadview Village Sq.   Broadview         IL  Animal Welfare League
162 S. Gary Ave.            Bloomingdale      IL  Almost Home Foundation
9277 159th St               Orland Hills      IL  A Caring Place Humane
                                                   Society
976 N. Route 59             Aurora            IL  Purrs Naperville
184 Town Center Rd.         Matteson          IL  Chicagoland Bully Breed
                                                   Rescue
2775 Plainfield Rd.         Joliet            IL  Cat Overpopulation
                                                   Planned Endeavor
4465 US Rt. 14              Crystal Lake      IL  Assisi Animal Foundation
130 Junction Dr.            Glen Carbon       IL  Partners for Pets
2017 N Prospect Ave.        Champaign         IL  Vermilion County Dept. of
                                                   Animal Reg. & Adoption
                                                   Center
63 Rice Lake Square         Wheaton           IL  Animal Rescue Foundation
7340 West 191st Street      Tinley Park       IL  South Suburban Humane
                                                   Society
2512 Sycamore Road          DeKalb            IL  Tails Humane Society
215 N. Burkhardt Rd.        Evansville        IN  P.A.A.W.S. Animal Rescue
3450 N. Morrison Rd.        Muncie            IN  Blackford County Animal
                                                   Shelter
7801 US Highway 31 S        Indianapolis      IN  Animal Outreach of Shelby
                                                   County
711 US Hwy 41               Schererville      IN  I Wanna Go Home Rescue
17180 Mercantile Boulevard  Noblesville       IN  Pals for Paws
1945 Pavilion Way           Lexington         KY  Lexington Humane Society
10308 Westport Rd.          Louisville        KY  Woodstock Animal
                                                   Foundation
4061 Miller Rd.             Flint             MI  Forever Friends Rescue
3431 Tittabawassee Rd.      Saginaw           MI  Humane Animal Treatment
                                                   Society
1640 New Brighton Blvd.     Minneapolis       MN  Angel of Hope
4010 S. Bolger Dr.          Independence      MO  Second Chance Pet
                                                   Adoption
62 Brentwood Promenade Ct.  St. Louis         MO  Dent County
2242 Highway K              O'Fallon          MO  Heartland Humane Society
1846 Wentzville Parkway     Wentzville        MO  Mostly Mutts
131 Highland Boulevard Dr.  Manchester        MO  Coalition For Animal
                                                   Rescue & Education
2510 King Ave. W            Billings          MT  Help for Homeless Pets
150 Bleachery Boulevard     Asheville         NC  Animal Compassion Network
1211 W. Century Ave.        Bismarck          ND  Jillian's Haven Animal
                                                   Rescue
10248 Coors Bypass NW       Albuquerque       NM  Watermelon Mountain Ranch
350 Eubank Blvd Ne          Albuquerque       NM  Watermelon Mountain Ranch
2140 N. Rainbow Blvd.       Las Vegas         NV  Adopt A Rescue Pet
6650 N. Durango Dr.         Las Vegas         NV  Best Friends Animal
                                                   Society
3401 E. Erie Blvd E         Syracuse          NY  Central New York Spay
                                                   Neuter Assistance
                                                   Program
355 Howe Ave.               Cuyahoga Falls    OH  Paws and Prayers
5465 Dressler Rd NW         North Canton      OH  Stark County Humane
                                                   Society
9122 Mentor Ave             Mentor            OH  Animal Rescue Center
6870 Ridge Rd               Parma             OH  PAWS
27161 Crossroads Pkwy       Rossford          OH  Planned Pethood
5011 Grande Shops Avenue    Medina            OH  Purrfect Diamonds In the
                                                   Ruff
3439 Princeton Rd.          Hamilton          OH  Animal Friends Humane
                                                   Society
5418 E. 41st St.            Tulsa             OK  Animal Rescue Foundation
1399 Marcus Dr  Unit 2      Sudbury           ON  Pet Save
9450 SE 82nd Ave.           Portland          OR  Cat Adoption
327 Washington Rd.          Washington        PA  Pet Search
5219 Da Zavala Rd Ste 102   San Antonio       TX  Alamo Area Partners for
                                                   Animal Welfare
389 W. 1830 S               Salt Lake City    UT  No More Homeless Pets
                                                   Utah
1236 Greenbrier Pkwy.       Chesapeake        VA  Cat Rescue, Inc.
11740 W. Broad St.          Richmond          VA  Bandits Adoption and
                                                   Rescue of K-9s Inc
                                                   (BARK)
1203 N. Landing Way         Renton            WA  Ginger's Pet Rescue
825 Pilgrim Way             Green Bay         WI  Door County Humane
                                                   Society
3601 Rib Mountain Dr.       Wausau            WI  Lincoln County Humane
                                                   Society

ABOUT THE FALL NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND

Prospective adopters are encouraged to visit the PetSmart Charities' Adoption Center inside any PetSmart® store in the U.S. and Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 13. Adoptions are handled by participating animal-welfare groups. Call a PetSmart store near you to find out a specific agency's set-up time during the three-day event.

To find the PetSmart Charities' Adoption Center nearest you, visit www.PetSmart.com or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is helping animals, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $88 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption program, has helped save the lives of more than 3.8 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

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