TORONTO, June 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The dog (and cat) days of summer are here. Adopt a dog or cat at the Mega Pet Adoption Weekend, taking place July 4-6 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the Exhibition Place in Toronto. For $25 you can bring home a new family member that will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated; note standard licensing fees apply to City of Toronto residents.
This event is the first of its kind in Canada, and is hosted by the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services and proudly sponsored by PetSmart Charities® of Canada and PetSmart®.
With animal welfare organizations participating from across the Greater Toronto area, this weekend long event will allow people to meet with hundreds of friendly, lovable dogs and cats with an adoption goal of 350. Whether it's a clever kitten or a playful puppy, you will have the opportunity to meet the available pets, chat with experts and take home your new best friend the same day.
"Adopting a new companion is a rewarding decision, one that will bring a lot of joy and create memories to last a lifetime," said John DeFranco, president, PetSmart Charities of Canada. "Through partnerships, such as those with the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services, we're able to find forever homes for even more pets."
PetSmart Charities of Canada will reward all participating animal welfare organizations. Each organization will receive $35 in grants for every pet adopted during the event.
"Each year more than 15,000 animals enter GTA shelters. During these three days we hope to find 350 of them new forever homes. Anyone who is considering adding a pet to their family should join us and see for themselves the amazing animals available for adoption," said Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director, Toronto Humane Society.
"Partnership initiatives such as this create a stronger impact for homeless animals in our community. The City of Toronto is very excited to participate in this great event," said Elizabeth Glibbery, Manager, Toronto Animal Services.
How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities of Canada's Mega Adoption Event July 4-6 at the Queen Elizabeth Building from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Visit www.petsmartcharities.org/toronto for more information.
Join the Conversation
You can follow PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart on Facebook throughout Mega Adoption Weekend at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities and www.facebook.com/PetSmart. Or, talk with us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs and https://twitter.com/PetSmart and by following the hashtag #adoptlove. We also invite you to share your adoption story. Your pet's happy "tail" will be posted on PetSmart Charities Pet Adoption Announcements page.
About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 14,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $3.7 million to help pets in need, with a focus on spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
About PetSmart Canada
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). The company employs approximately 54,000 associates and operates more than 1,314 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. ("PetSmart Charities") are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 dogs and cats found homes through PetSmart Charities' adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in granting money to help pets in need, with more than $28 million given in 2012 throughout North America.
About the Toronto Humane Society:
Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.
About the City of Toronto:
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.
SOURCE: PetSmart Charities of Canada
For further information: If you plan to attend and/or are seeking further information, please contact: Stephanie Kerr, Communications & Marketing Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada, 647-501-1266 (cell), SKerr@PetSmartCharities.org; Melissa Adamson, Account Manager, GolinHarris, 416-642-7967, 416-967-6416 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org; Tammy Robbinson, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto, 416-338-3761, 647-462-8416 (cell), email@example.com; Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director, Toronto Humane Society, 416 392 2273 Ext. 2149, 647 938 9053 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org