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People Saving Pets™, a social media initiative empowered by PetSmart Charities®, announces a call to action to help animal welfare organizations and has designated Wednesday, April 18, 2012 as Volunteer Action Day.

This year the event happens during National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) in order to focus on helping homeless pets – by educating the public about the need for volunteers and mobilizing pet lovers to lend a hand to their local animal welfare organizations.

Of the 750 local animal welfare organizations that were polled by PetSmart Charities in 2011, nearly all (97 percent) said they rely on volunteers to help keep administrative costs down year-round. Volunteers free up funds to care for adoptable pets, such as providing low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, food and shelter.

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Want to join the cause? Any can get involved:

Visit and click on the Volunteer Network page

Enter your ZIP code to find volunteer opportunities near you

Register to sign up at the opportunity of your choice.

Tell your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter about Volunteer Action Day and how they, too, can help save the lives of homeless pets by volunteering.

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