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Join Iams Home 4 Holidays Blog Hop to Feed Shelter Pets

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Iams Home 4 the Holidays, one of the world’s largest pet adoption programs, kicks off its annual adoption drive in partnership with Helen Woodward Animal Center. Their goal is to find homes for 1.5 million orphaned cats and dogs. Now in its 13th year, Iams’ Home 4 the Holidays, which runs up to January 3, 2012, has helped place 5.8 million pets in their forever homes.

This year, Iams and Helen Woodward Animal Center team up with more than 3,500 animal organizations worldwide to encourage pet adoption. In addition, Iams will donate 5 million meals to animals in need at adoption and rescue centers through its Bags 4 Bowls program.

“Each year, as many as 4 million orphaned dogs and cats are euthanized due to shelter overcrowding. That is approximately one pet every eight seconds,” says Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Since partnering with Iams on the adoption drive 13 years ago, we have really seen the benefit of what this program can do for orphaned animals, and the families who adopt.”

While finding loving homes for orphaned pets is the core of the program, the campaign also provides shelters and rescue centers with much needed food donations. With the help of consumers, the Iams Bags 4 Bowls program aims to donate 5 million meals to animals housed in participating organizations. Consumers can lend a hand by:

• Visiting the Iams Facebook page and clicking “Like.” For each “Like” comment or photo posted, Iams will donate meals.

• Becoming a fan of Iams’ Facebook page and creating a custom adoption announcement or holiday card to share the news of their new four legged family member or just send a season’s greeting to family and friends. For each card created and shared, Iams will donate meals.

• Purchasing specially-marked packages of Iams dog or cat food during the duration of the campaign. For every specially-marked package sold, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 The Holidays animal organization.

Joining the program this year are NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie. The Newmans founded the Ryan Newman Foundation to educate and encourage people to spay or neuter their pets and to adopt animals from shelters and rescue centers. “As proud pet parents to five incredible animals, we are honored to join with Iams Home 4 the Holidays to find permanent homes to loving animals,” says, Ryan.

Iams Home 4 the Holidays strives to educate about the importance of adoption so every pet goes to a permanent, loving home. Those who adopt through the program will receive an Iams adoption kit loaded with important information about nutrition, training and proper care to ensure their relationship with the new animal starts off on the right paw.

How To Join The Blog Hop
• Link up your blog name and URL using the Linky Tool below, where it says Click Here To Enter. You only need to add your link once to be seen on all the Blogging 4 Bowls Blog Hop Linky Tools.

Additional ways to show your support of the Iams Home 4 the Holidays kickoff:
• Grab the code and write a post on your blog to show your added support for the Blogging for Bowls Blog Hop.

• Stop by the blog hop co-hosts,The Tiniest Tiger, Fidose of Reality, Pets Weekly, Dog Tipper, Preston Speaks and Pet Blogs United, to say hello.

• Visit other blogs that are supporting the Blogging 4 Bowls Blog Hop. Make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Then include this HTML text to add the Linky tool to your post so that all bloggers that have joined the hop will be visible on your post as well.

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