Charity gives pets a home for the holidays

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One charity gives pets a home for the holidaysPetSmart Charities, a non-profit arm of the pet store chain that assists overpopulated animal shelters, will launch the Holiday National Adoption Event to find suitable households for homeless pets.

On November 13 through 15, more than 2,000 animal-welfare agencies in the U.S. will bring adoptable pets to PetSmart Charities adoption centers in attempts to curb the overpopulation in shelters, reduce the frequency of euthanasia and give loving homes to docile animals.

Organizers have set their goal of providing homes to 15,800 dogs, cats and other small animals.

"Pets do so much to improve our quality of life," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. "There are so many great pets available for adoption, and these national events give animal-welfare organizations the opportunity to help them find the lifelong, loving homes that they deserve."

In the past 14 years, PetSmart Charities have been able to house and provide pet care to 3.9 million animals, and representatives suggest that for every minute pet adoption centers remain open, one animal’s life is saved.

The U.S. Humane Society estimates that 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, and about half are eventually euthanized.

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