PetSmart Charities® Film Follows Two Dogs' Cross-Country Ride to Find Hope and
PHOENIX, Oct. 1, 2013
PHOENIX, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --We are a nation of pet lovers, yet
sadly, four million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized every year simply
because there are not enough homes. In an inspiring new documentary, "The
Journey Home: A Rescue Waggin'® Story," PetSmart Charities depicts how its
Rescue Waggin' program is working to change this statistic by giving adoptable
dogs and puppies a second chance at life.
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The film tells the uplifting story of two homeless dogs, Izzy, a shepherd-chow
mix, and Kane, a hound, on what was literally the ride of their lives from the
streets of Chattanooga, Tenn. to a shelter in Milwaukee, Wis. where the dogs
found their forever homes.
"The day I met Izzy, she immediately jumped into my lap. There's an emotional
bond you develop with a dog; we have the perfect chemistry, and to have a dog
in your life is a way of life," said Jim Kelly, who adopted Izzy.
As for Kane, his new owner says she fell in love after just one look into his
big brown eyes. "Kane was born hundreds of miles away, but he's now part of
our family. To be able to provide a home to a rescue dog is very important and
good for our souls," said Heather Miller.
The Rescue Waggin' program has saved more than 60,000 dogs and puppies since
2004 by moving dogs and puppies from communities with more pets than adopters
to communities where adoptable pets are in demand. The Rescue Waggin' vehicle
travels up to 3,000 miles a week to transport pets to places where they get
adopted, often within days.
"The Rescue Waggin' is an extension of our adoption program and unites animal
shelters from across the nation in an effort to avoid euthanizing healthy,
adoptable dogs," said Steve Pawlowski, media relations manager, PetSmart
Charities, Inc. "We created this film to show the world how our Rescue Waggin'
program gives pets like Izzy and Kane a second chance. They are just two of
the more than 400,000 pets we save every year."
PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' program has not only helped save the lives
of thousands of pets but also helps many shelters improve their operations
through spay/neuter programs, grants and mentoring. To learn about the many
ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets,
visitwww.petsmartcharities.org. Members of the public can support this and
other programs bymaking a donation online, by email
email@example.com via phone at 1-800-745-9460 to help save the
lives of homeless pets across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
The Rescue Waggin' program is proudly sponsored by Blue Buffalo® and
Sergeant's Pet Care Products.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves
the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each
year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored
adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in
need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on
funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation.
PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
SOURCE PetSmart Charities
Contact: Jennifer Douglas, GolinHarris for PetSmart Charities,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (972) 341-2552
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