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Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend – September 10-12, 2010

September 1, 2010 -

PetSmart Charities is hosting its third adoption event of 2010 this September, and it’s a great chance for you to fall in love with a new pet and save a life. The PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend runs Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 at all 1,160 PetSmart® stores in the United States and Canada. There are also 95 expanded parking lot events being held in the parking lots of select PetSmart® stores across the country, where even more space is devoted to finding homes for homeless pets in need.

Proudly sponsored by Hill’s® Science Diet® Brand and PetSmart®, the event goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 19,600 dogs, cats and other pets from shelters and rescue agencies across North America.  More than 2,000 agencies that care for homeless pets are expected to participate.

These events are important because about 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. every year, and about half must be euthanized simply because they didn’t get adopted in time. These adoption events help showcase available pets and give them the second chances they all deserve.

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of companion animal-welfare efforts in North America and a strong advocate for pet adoption. 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 4.2 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.

f you adopt a pet during the Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend, you will also receive free samples from Hill’s Science Diet Brand and PetSmart®. As a benefit to the participating animal-welfare organizations, PetSmart Charities will provide increased adoption-reward grants; in fact, all agencies will receive $35 from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt into a lifelong, loving home in stores between September 6 and September 12.

During 2010, PetSmart Charities will host one more national adoption weekend – scheduled for the weekend of November 12-November 14. And of course, pets are available for adoption every single day in all PetSmart stores in the U.S. and Canada.

If you are interested in adopting a pet during the Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend, 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, September 10 and Saturday, September 11; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 12.  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 www.PetSmart.com or call 1-877-473-8762; and to learn about the many ways that PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.

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