Adoption Drive Finds Homes for Nearly 500,000 Animals

More than 2,600 participating shelters and rescue groups from 16 countries participated.

Posted: January 31 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Adoption Drive Finds Homes for Nearly 500,000 Animals
Iams Home 4 the Holidays adoption drive helped cats and other pets find new families.
Iams Home 4 the Holidays recently concluded the ninth year of its pet adoption campaign, finding homes for nearly 500,000 orphaned animals. Fifty-one percent of adoptions were dogs, 45 percent were cats and 4 percent included rabbits, reptiles, birds, ferrets and other pets.

The campaign counts more than 2,600 participating animal shelters and rescue organizations from 16 countries. To date, more than 2 million pets have found homes.

"When we started this pet adoption drive in 1999, we had no idea it would grow to be the success it has become so quickly," said Mike Arms, president and executive director of Helen Woodward Animal Center and founder of Home 4 the Holidays. "It's exciting that every year more participating animal organizations join our fight and most importantly, more and more pets find happy and loving homes."

Iams Home 4 the Holidays began nine years ago when Helen Woodward Animal Center organized 14 shelters in San Diego County, Calif. Iams is a partner in the campaign.

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Deborah    Hudson, FL

4/7/2010 12:40:45 PM

i think it's great....I live in Hudson, FL. I have been taking care of soooo many strays. To date, I have spayed and nuetered 6 cats. They are still strays, but I do feed them. there is a beautiful Tom, (gray tiger w/scottish fold) he has the flat ears. I am trying to find a home for him!!!!!. Please help me!!!!

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

2/1/2008 12:22:22 AM


Cheryl    Conway, MO

1/31/2008 8:54:27 PM

What a great program, I just hope that they don't stop it and it keeps getting bigger each year

Maie    Santa Clara, CA

1/31/2008 8:17:38 PM

I think that this is great! I think that more pet companies should definately do things like this, as they prove to be so effective

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