From October 1 - January 2, Iams Home 4 the Holidays will be partnering with thousands of animal organizations across North America, dedicated to finding forever homes for orphaned pets. Founded by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and supported by Iams, the campaign began in 1999 with just 14 participating animal shelters in San Diego County. Since it began 14 years ago, Iams Home 4 the Holidays has helped more than 7 million families experience the joy of pet adoption, including more than 1.2 million pet adoptions last year alone.
Canadians can participate in the program in more ways than one. Lend a hand by:
- Donating through Bags 4 Bowls – For those who are already pet parents, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays animal organization for every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign. (You're buying pet food anyway! Look for these bags.)
- Adopting from a local shelter – Every day more and more animals end up in shelters or in rescue care, and many are pure breeds. This is important to keep in mind when deciding to bring a pet into your life - the animal you’re looking for may very well be in your neighbourhood shelter. To find a participating animal shelter or rescue organization near you, visit iams.ca or facebook.com/iams.
- Volunteering – Shelters need volunteers to do everything from feeding, caring for and keeping rescue animals company, to assisting at events and fundraisers. If you can’t adopt but would still love to help you can do so as a volunteer.
- Visiting Facebook.com/iams – Visit the Iams Facebook page and click to “Like” or share the Rescue Pet of the Day, and they’ll donate meals to participating animal shelters.