PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Sep 24, 2012) - PetSmart Charities today kicked off United for Adopted Pets -- a "bipetisan" campaign that asks cat and dog lovers to put aside "pawlitics" and stand united to save homeless pets.
"We believe all pets are created equal. Whether they're dog or cat, purebred or mixed breed, every pet deserves a lifelong, loving home," said Laura Ingalls, "Campaign Manager" at PetSmart Charities, Inc. "The 8 million pets in shelters each year are counting on Americans to stop the hissing and barking and support one life-saving policy: pet adoption."
The latest "water dish" poll indicates that pet lovers are ready to come together. Though 41 percent of pet lovers say they lean toward dogs and 21 percent lean toward cats, 38 percent consider themselves independent -- that they love both. Most important, 76 percent are planning to adopt instead of buy their next pet -- be it a dog or a cat.*
Stand Up for Four-Legged Friends
No matter your "pawreference," you can lend support to save homeless pets today. Download and share the United for Adopted Pets badge at www.facebook.com/savehomelesspets. Then don't forget to cast your vote for pet adoption by taking the online poll. Final results will be announced on October 25.
PetSmart Charities is the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, supporting more than 2,000 local animal welfare organizations in the United States and Canada. The independent nonprofit finds adoptive homes for nearly 400,000 dogs and cats every year. With programs funded primarily through donations, PetSmart Charities is in the top one percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator and has received their highest, 4-star rating for nine consecutive years.
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. PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. 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 (7387).
* Based on a Facebook survey of 120 users issued by PetSmart Charities.