In the Transformers movie, Josh Duhamel helped save humanity. Now, the actor turns his eye to saving man’s best friend. The actor has partnered with PetSmart Charities to launch the “High-Five for My Pet Adoption Video Contest,” which commemorates the five million pets that have been saved via PetSmart Charities’ Adoption Centers and continue the fight.
Pet lovers can enter by recording their adoption story directly on the contest page or uploading a previously recorded video. Submissions will be accepted through July 16, 2012. Need inspiration? Watch Josh Duhamel talk about pet adoption.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about five to seven million pets are admitted to U.S. animal shelters each year, and about three to four million are euthanized. ASPCA states that in shelters, about five out of 10 dogs and seven out of 10 cats are put down because no one adopts them.
As part of the new initiative, PetSmart Charities and more than 2000 animal rescue programs aim to raise $250,000, to save about 10,000 pets. PetSmart Adoption Centers have rescued an average of about 400,000 pets every year since the organization was founded in 1994.