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 www.rescuewaggin.org 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 www.petsmartcharities.org. Members of the public can support this and other programs by making a donation online, by email at gifts@petsmartcharities.org 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.  ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES(R)  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.  ABOUT DAKOTAKID MEDIA(R)  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:  http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2528402  Contact: Steve Pawlowski Media Relations Manager PetSmart Charities mediacontact@petsmartcharities.org  (623) 516-3920  Ellen Goldberg GolinHarris for PetSmart Charities egoldberg@golinharris.com (972) 341-2567     
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