Pet Adoption Drive Tied to Holidays

A Siberian husky puppy named Peppermint and a kitten named Phoenix, who survived severe chemical burns, are two orphaned pets looking for a home at this year’s Home for the Holidays pet adoption drive kickoff.

The 14th annual event, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Iams, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the animal center’s Companion Animal Hospital, 6461 El Apajo Road.

Jenni Pulos, co-star of the Bravo reality show “Flipping Out,” will announce an essay contest to help select an adopter for Phoenix and will be a part of the final selection committee.

“There are so many beautiful and truly extraordinary animals euthanized each year due to shelter overcrowding,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center president Mike Arms. “Each year, 4 million orphaned dogs and cats are put to death. That is one pet every eight seconds.”

Arms helped create the adoption drive when he noticed that most rescue centers closed their doors during the holidays, forcing would-be adopters to go to pet stores and puppy mills when seeking holiday gifts. Because the staffs of the pet stores and puppy mills might not be trained to gauge the likelihood of a successful match between the animal and family, an increasing number of pets were sent to shelters once the season was over.