UPDATE: So far (as of December 4, 2009) 621,034 pets have been adopted since October 1, 2009 and definitely on the way to reaching their 1.5MM goal by January 4th! If you are considering on getting a new pet before 2009 is out – consider pet adoption.
Iams Home 4 The Holidays & Hilary Swank Aim To Place 1.5 Million Pets Into Homes This Holiday Season!
11.16.2009 – Iams Home 4 the Holidays (IH4TH) needs your help to place 1.5 million pets into loving homes by January 4, 2010!
Last year, the program’s goal of helping 1 million pets get adopted within three months was outdone when 1,202,701 pets were placed in homes — including Rumi, adopted by two-time Academy Award® winner and 2009 IH4TH ambassador Hilary Swank.
With nearly 8 million homeless animals in the U.S. today, and almost half scheduled to be euthanized this year alone, our help is needed now more than ever. And who better to give these animals a voice than Hilary Swank?
In partnership with the Helen Woodward Animal Center, IH4TH is one of the most successful pet adoption programs in the world and brings together nearly 3,500 animal organizations worldwide. Since 1999, IH4TH has helped more than 3 million animals find homes and hopes to continue breaking the goals they set each year.
You can help by adopting a pet this holiday season at http://IH4TH.com and receive a complimentary adoption kit to help with your new family member.
Can’t adopt? Join our “Feed Pets in Need” program and help bring much needed food to your favorite IH4TH shelter by simply casting a vote at IH4TH.com.
* As many as 8 million animals are homeless in the U.S.
* Nearly 4 million orphaned dogs and cats will be euthanized this year due to shelter over-crowding and lack of awareness about the importance of pet adoption.
* More than 25 percent of all dogs in shelters are purebreds.
* IH4TH helped 1,202,751 pets find homes last year alone.
* In Oct. 2008 Hilary Swank adopted Rumi through IH4TH at a Los Angeles shelter.
* Over the past decade more than 3 million pets –1,638,515 dogs, 1,505,690 cats and 134,062 “other” animals – have been adopted through IH4TH.
IH4TH.COM is a great resource for anyone who wants to get involved with helping homeless pets – offering tips about adoption, volunteering at a shelter and important information for new pet parents.
Every family that adopts a pet through IH4TH will receive an adoption kit and a DVD loaded with important information including: bringing a new pet into your family training tips, pet care, nutrition information and coupons.
WIN FREE FOOD FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHELTER
With our “Feed Pets in Need” program, you can help bring much needed food to your favorite IH4TH shelter by simply casting a vote at IH4TH.COM. Each month, for the next 13 months, the shelter with the most votes gets a month’s supply of free food! But why stop there? Enter our Life’s Better Sweepstakes too and enter to win a FREE YEAR of food!
IH4TH’s 2009 AMBASSADOR – HILARY SWANK
Hilary Swank is “so proud to be working with Iams Home 4 the Holidays to help raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption,” because it’s a cause close to her heart. Swank has adopted many pets throughout her life, including her two dogs Karoo and Rumi. She rescued Karoo from the side of a road while filming in South Africa a few years ago and adopted Rumi last fall from a participating IH4TH shelter in Los Angeles.
HILLARY SWANK ON ELLEN SHOW
* Hilary Swank talks about a program near and dear to her heart on Ellen. Ellen and Hilary talk about the joy of adoption a pet.
Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, founded IH4TH with support by Iams in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County. Since then the program has grown worldwide helping over 3 million pets find homes within the past decade. The 2008 IH4TH ambassador was Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives).