REMINDER: Looking to rock your gift list this Christmas? Take a cue from rock star Bret Michaels

A lifelong pet lover, Michaels has teamed up with PetSmart Charities to bring awareness to the millions of adoptable pets who need homes, and to encourage others to make a difference this holiday season.

Half of the 8 million pets who end up in shelters are euthanized — about 11,000 pets a day —because they don’t have a home.

A $25 donation to PetSmart Charities saves a pet’s life by covering the cost for shelter space, food and veterinarian services needed to care for pets while they wait to be adopted. With PetSmart Charities, your donation goes further to save pets — 84 cents of every dollar goes directly to help pets in need, one of the highest direct-donation percentages among all national animal welfare charities.

“I was lucky enough to adopt my German shepherd, Tarkus Arlicicus, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having pets around,” said Michaels. “By making a donation to PetSmart Charities this holiday, you will give a pet the second chance it deserves to find its lifelong home — and be a rock star to the pet lovers in your life.”

Pet Lovers are Rockin’ Holiday Donations in 2012

In a recent PetSmart Charities Facebook survey*, 88 percent of respondents said they are planning to donate to an animal welfare organization this holiday. They also indicated that the most important factor in deciding which charity will receive their donation was knowing their money would make a difference in saving pets.

In addition to its high direct-donation percentage, PetSmart Charities is in the top one percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator and has received its highest 4-star rating for nine consecutive years.

How to Donate

It’s one gift that doesn’t require you to fight the mall crowds or dig out the wrapping paper. Just visit to join Bret Michaels and PetSmart Charities in rockin’ the holiday season by saving a pet’s life.


Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

*PetSmart Charities surveyed 1,335 respondents on Facebook from September 19 – October 25, 2012.