A few lucky homeless dogs and cats available for adoption during the annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays campaign visited the New York Stock Exchange last week to ring the closing bell and raise awareness for pet adoption.

In honor of this occasion, representatives of Helen Woodward Animal Center, Bideawee, and Iams Home 4 the Holidays rang the Closing Bell, along with the help of orphan dogs and cats. Also joining the group was the Iams Home 4 the Holidays Adoption Angel Jack with his adopted dog Jane (Jack adopted Jane from Bideawee in October).

Iams Home 4 the Holidays founded by Helen Woodward Animal Center, aims to place 1.5 million orphan pets in happy, loving homes this holiday season and significantly reduce the number of orphan pets in shelters around the world. The program kicked off on Oct.1, 2010 and will end on Jan. 4, 2011. Since the beginning of the program in 1999, IH4TH has helped nearly 5.5 million animals find loving homes.

Despite the number of animals adopted during this year’s campaign, there is still a long way to go to meet their goal. Now that the hustle and bustle of Hanukkah and Christmas are out of the way, this week is the purrfect time to introduce a new pet into your home.

As you know, shelters are filled to overflowing with victims of the current economic crisis. Many well-mannered pets who don’t understand why they were surrendered are sitting in cold cages waiting for a furrever home.

Current Adoption Update

Dog/Puppy: 467,015
Cat/Kitten: 394,575
Other: 17,222
Total estimated adoptions: 878,812

Campaign Details

  • Iams Home 4 the Holidays runs from Oct.1, 2010 to Jan. 4, 2011
  • This years goal is to adopt 1.5 million pets
  • 1.3 million pets were adopted last year alone
  • 3,500 partner animal organizations (21 participating countries around the world)
  • Information on how to get involved, how to find a participating shelter in your area and other important tips for new parents can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/iams or on IamsHome4theHolidays.com

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