It is the 10th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive. Their goal is to find loving, lifelong homes for more than 1 million orphaned dogs and cats through the participation of 3,000 organizations.
The drive started October 1, 2008 and runs through January 5, 2009. The goal this year is 1 million adoptions.
How did Iams Home 4 the Holidays start?
Iams Home 4 the Holidays began in 1999 when Helen Woodward Animal Center organized 14 San Diego area shelters, finding homes for 2,563 orphaned pets. Each pet “went home” with a holiday meal of Iams food.
How did it become the largest adoption drive in history?
130 shelters in 5 states found homes for 20,000 pets during Iams Home 4 the Holidays 2000. In 2001 spokesperson Diane Keaton lead 450 shelters across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, finding homes for more than 100,000 pets. Iams Home 4 the Holidays 2002 grew to 1200 shelters and rescues in 20 countries, completing 180,000 adoptions and breaking all previous records.
During the 2003 drive the 1,316 participating shelters and rescue groups completed 261,839 adoptions. Our 2004 campaign grew to 1,800 shelters and rescue groups and 313,123 adoptions. And in 2005 Iams Home 4 the Holidays not only found a home for our 1-millionth pet, the 1,941 participating groups again broke their own record by finding families for 328,777 orphaned pets.
To find out more you can call the Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117 x-302. Or sign up right now to be part of the largest and most successful pet adoption drive in history.