The following is a relase from the City of Little Rock:

Little Rock, AR, February 11, 2013 - Every day, overcrowded animal shelters look for new ways to save the lives of homeless pets, such as promoting adoptions and encouraging people to sterilize their pets.

To that end, the Little Rock Animal Village is among 60 animal shelters across the country who participates every month in PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin'® program - a national transport program that has saved more than 60,000 dogs and puppies since 2004.

PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' vehicles run along the East Coast, Midwest, Great Plains and South Central States. In 2012, the Rescue Waggin' program transported more than 10,700 dogs and puppies from overcrowded animal shelters, like the Little Rock Animal Village, to animal shelters in other communities where adoptable dogs and puppies are more in demand.

In 2012, the Little Rock Animal Village boarded 535 of those dogs and puppies aboard a Rescue Waggin' vehicle, successfully reducing the number of homeless pets needing homes in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Little Rock Animal Village handled the care of about 4,000 dogs and cats last year.
On Tuesday, February 12th, the Animal Village will board its 1000th dog on the Rescue Waggin'. Layla is a one year old Border Collie mix. She was found as a stray on 1-30 with ears covered in fleas and infections. With the devoted care of staff and volunteers, she is now a beautiful, healthy pet who's ready to find a home.

The Rescue Waggin' program is a three-part program designed to help shelters save pets' lives, which includes the transport program as well as grants for spay and neuter expansion and professional consultations and funding support from PetSmart Charities for enhanced operations and shelter improvements for participating shelters. Since joining this program, the Little Rock Animal Village has also received $27,000 in grant support from PetSmart Charities.

"Until people spay and neuter their pets and we can reduce the number of animals entering shelters, the Rescue Waggin' program will continue to be a resource to change the fate of homeless dogs in their communities," says Steve Pawlowski, communications manager for PetSmart Charities, Inc.
To learn about the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit

Members of the public can support these programs by making a donation online, by email at or via phone at 623-587-2826 to help save the lives of homeless pets across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

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