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PetSmart Charities partners with local rescues for annual Adopt-a-Pet Weekend

Some HALO Animal Rescue Adoptables
Some HALO Animal Rescue Adoptables
HALO Animal Rescue

PetSmart Charities, Inc. a nonprofit animal welfare organization separate from PetSmart, Inc. strives to save lives of homeless pets through their adoption program in all PetSmart stores and sponsored adoption events - partnering with local animal rescues and shelters, such as Phoenix's HALO Animal Rescue. HALO is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill animal rescue dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for homeless dogs and cats throughout Maricopa County.

This weekend PetSmart Charities, along with ABC15 News, is hosting it's 2nd annual Adopt-A-Pet event, on Saturday August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adoption fees will be reduced or waived during the two-day event, and in addition to HALO, the Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa Animal Care and Control, and the Arizona Animal Welfare League will be participating at various locations throughout the Valley.

· Waived fees on all cats 6 months and older

· $25 for adult dogs 1 year and older

· $50 for puppies under 1 year old

· $50 for kitten under 6 months old

We are very excited to be part of this fantastic adoption event again this year. The partnership we have with PetSmart Charities is invaluable to HALO. Their support over the years has made it possible for us to help thousands of pets find loving forever homes,” said Heather Allen, president and CEO of HALO Animal Rescue.

All adoptable pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Last year's event found loving homes for 865 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals.

If you have been thinking seriously about providing a loving home for dog or cat, this is a great opportunity to get out and meet some eligible pets! Remember, when it comes to adding a four-legged family member to your household, the decision needs to be made as a family, with much consideration and with everyone involved dedicated to making a lifelong commitment to that pet. If you have pets at home already, consideration to their ability to get along with another animal and proper introductions should be given. Be prepared and informed on what you need to do to ensure a smooth transition for your new pet. Animals are not toys or accessories, and bringing one into your life should be a "fur keeps" decision.

Additional reading:

ASPCA Adoption Tips

Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. ~Anatole France