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Petmate® Partners with Pilots N Paws to Give Animals a Second Chance at a Forever Home

Arlington, TX (May 6, 2010) – Petmate is proud to announce its partnership with Pilots N Paws, a program that gives dogs a second chance one flight at a time. This unique program brings together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs (and other animals) from overcrowded shelters to organizations committed to finding them homes. An estimated 3-4 million pets are euthanized in American shelters each year. Petmate is partnering with Pilots N Paws to prevent these deaths and bring pets to their new homes – even if it’s two time zones away.

As a valued Pilots N Paws sponsor, Petmate is the sole provider of kennels, collars, leashes and seatbelts that helps ensure the safe transport of the animals. Petmate is a logical partner, with its focus on social responsibility and its expertise in safe pet transportation. “Safe transportation is a life and death matter for all pets,” says Brad Kane, vice president of marketing for Petmate. “And even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly depend on this transportation. We at Petmate want to make this most important journey safe and enjoyable.”

Says co-founder Debi Boies, “Pilots N Paws is extremely proud to partner with Petmate. Petmate is a premier company that is very passionate about all aspects of pet care and together we will make a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless pets across the country. We are pleased to have Petmate on board to support our mission.”

Since the program began in February 2008, pilots have donated their time, planes and fuel to fly thousands of dogs from shelters where they faced almost certain death. Some areas of the country are more likely to have overcrowded shelters and limited adoption opportunities. At www.pilotsnpaws.org, pilots can learn about animals in need and work directly with shelters and rescue groups to coordinate transportation. More than 4,000 shelters, rescues and volunteers are registered on the site.

The idea for Pilots N Paws was born when Jon Wehrenberg offered to fly a rescued Doberman in Florida to his friend Boies of Landrum, S.C. They were convinced that other pilots would welcome the opportunity to fly planes and save animals at the same time. They were right. Currently, 1,508 pilots are signed on to volunteer with Pilots N Paws. As Wehrenberg so accurately says, “pilots are always looking for an excuse to fly…transporting animals is certainly more worthwhile than flying somewhere for a $300.00 hamburger!”

Petmate® is the trusted authority in smart solutions for devoted pet parents and discerning retailers alike. Our mission – making the experience of being a pet parent more enjoyable – has remained steady for nearly half a century. Attractive design and superb function are Petmate hallmarks, as shown in complete lines of quality pet products including portable kennels, dog houses, bedding, litter maintenance, feeding and watering products, toys, collars and leads, and pet accessories. All Petmate products can be found at pet supply stores nationwide. Call 1-877-PETMATE or visit www.petmate.com http://www.petmate.com/ for more information. Because we have pets too.