Josh Duhamel Joins PetSmart Charities(R) to Shine a Spotlight on Homeless Pets

Josh Duhamel Joins PetSmart Charities(R) to Shine a Spotlight on Homeless Pets 
WATCH: Rescue Waggin'(R): Tales From the Road Profiles the
Cross-Country Journey of Homeless Dogs and Puppies in Search of a
Second Chance 
PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 03/03/14 --  PetSmart Charities has
teamed up with actor/producer Josh Duhamel and his production
company, Dakotakid Media, to launch Rescue Waggin'(R): Tales from the
Road. Under the direction of Executive Producers Josh Duhamel and
Jude Weng, the 8-episode web series follows homeless dogs as they
travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles for a better chance of
being adopted. The web series includes cameos from a cache of
celebrity pet adoption advocates including Kristen Bell, Adam
Shankman and Bret Michaels.  
Rescue Waggin': Tales from the Road puts viewers in the passenger's
seat of the Rescue Waggin' vehicle to experience the shelter pet
transport process from start to finish. The web series chronicles
real stories of dogs and puppies from communities with more pets than
adopters to communities where adoptable pets are in demand. Visit to view a new websiode each Monday in March. 
Rescue Waggin' vehicles travel up to 3,000 miles a week giving
hopeless pets a new "leash" on life. The program has saved the lives
of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since 2004.  
"The Rescue Waggin' program is an extension of our adoption program
and unites animal shelters from across the country in an effort to
avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable dogs," said Jan Wilkins,
executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "We are excited to
show the world how our Rescue Waggin' program gives thousands of
beautiful dogs and puppies a second chance at life." 
Josh Duhamel Spreads the Word about Pet Transport
 After learning
about the Rescue Waggin' program last year, Josh Duhamel vowed to use
his production company to help raise awareness and funding for the
life-saving program. 
"Adopting my dachshund, Meatloaf, changed my life," said Josh
Duhamel. "He was a clumsy little dude with horrible breath -- but we
adored him."  
Meatloaf turned the Hollywood actor into a passionate advocate for
animal rescue.  
"I tell anybody who's going to get a pet that adoption is the only
way to go, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because
they make incredible pets. I'm honored to partner with PetSmart
Charities to help share the joy of pet adoption with others." 
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, visit Members of the
public can support this and other programs by making a donation
online, by email at or 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(TM)
and Sergeant's Pet Care Products. 
 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(R) 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. 
 Dakotakid believes that great stories tap
into timeless themes that connect us to our history, family, friends
and community. Dakotakid's mission is to create compelling
entertainment that influences how viewers see the world around them
and inspires them to get involved in the issues that affect all of
our lives. 
Embedded Video Available: 
Steve Pawlowski
Media Relations Manager
PetSmart Charities 
(623) 516-3920 
Ellen Goldberg
GolinHarris for PetSmart Charities
(972) 341-2567 
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