SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

January 11, 2011 14:42 ET

Unique Collaboration Saves Pets in Scottsdale

PetSmart Charities®, County Team Up to Increase Adoptions and Reduce Euthanasia

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) -  As many as 1,300 dogs and cats in Scottsdale, Arizona will be saved every year, thanks to a one-of-a-kind partnership between Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and nonprofit PetSmart Charities, Inc. The two have teamed up with support from PetSmart, Inc. to open a government animal-control pet-adoption center inside the PetSmart® store in Old Town Scottsdale.

PetSmart Charities is funding 100 percent of the build-out costs for the new center, which will occupy about 2,425 square feet of space that is being converted from part of the existing PetsHotel in the back of the store. PetSmart® is not charging the county any rent.

"We are very proud to be part of this collaborative effort with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of nonprofit PetSmart Charities, Inc. "At PetSmart Charities, our goal is to save the lives of pets who don't have homes. This type of collaboration -- one that promotes pet adoptions and reduces euthanasia -- is key to meeting that goal."

This satellite shelter is the third in the nation to open as a partnership between PetSmart Charities and a government agency with the goal of saving more homeless pets. In May 2010, PetSmart Charities celebrated the grand opening of a similar shelter in Fort Worth, Texas. That collaboration has already helped save the lives of more than 1,100 pets in Fort Worth. Every year, about 8 million pets end up in shelters across the United States; tragically, 4 million must be put down because they are not adopted in time.

Dr. Rodrigo Silva, Assistant County Manager said that the partnership is a great opportunity. "Any time we can get the homeless animals in front of the community, good things happen," he said. "I am sure that many adoptions will result from this new opportunity."

The county will staff the satellite shelter, which will house up to 60 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at a time. Pets will live at the center until they're adopted, so they won't need to be transported between the store and Maricopa County's shelters. Not only does the new center free up kennel space at the main municipal location, but it also allows the county to take adoptable pets out to the community and house them in a pet-friendly venue. About 25 pets will be adopted from the new shelter location every week.

About the Facility:

The shelter will be open seven days a week. Amenities include:

  • 44 kennels for adult dogs, puppies and small dogs
  • Cat adoption center (to house up to 16 cats)
  • Play areas for dogs awaiting adoption
  • Meet‐and‐greet areas for prospective adopters and their families to get acquainted with the pet(s) they want to take home

The grand opening celebration for the new shelter begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the Old Town Scottsdale PetSmart® store, 4380 N. Miller Road, in Scottsdale. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

The February 12th grand opening coincides with the PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend. Sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, Tidy Cats® and PetSmart®, the event aims to find homes for more than 18,000 pets throughout North America. Dozens of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who need homes will be available for adoption at this event from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, as well as other animal-welfare groups that collaborate with PetSmart Charities.

ABOUT MARICOPA COUNTY ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is a full service animal welfare agency with shelter, adoptions, field services, licensing and education programs. Their mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County. Visit www.pets.maricopa.gov or call (602) 506-7387.

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 4.4 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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