Mike Arms wants parents to give orphans a
As spokesperson for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays program,
Arms would like parents to consider a four-legged orphan when
looking for a cat or dog this holiday season.
"This is the time of year more people will bring pets into
their home for holiday gifts," Arms says. And most parents
will turn to their local pet store when it comes to buying that
"People may think all (shelters) have are sick animals or
animals that hurt people,"Arms says. "They don't realize we have
Iams Home 4 the Holidays is a pet adoption drive taking
place at 4,000 animal shelters worldwide, including many in the
Chicago area, and focuses on the benefits of adopting a dog or cat
from a shelter instead of a pet store. Arms says there are many
advantages to shelter and rescue animals.
"In all your reputable organizations, they're medically
treated, vaccinated, a lot are spayed and neutered before they
leave," he says. "The majority are screened for behavior and
they know how to match up the right pet with the right
And, for families that aren't ready to adopt their own
dog, the Home 4 the Holidays program can help connect them with a
local animal shelter or organization where they can
"The pets need attention," Arms says. "If you can
give a few hours a week to walk dogs, or to give quality time to
cats, it just helps their whole disposition."
For more information on participating shelters, as well as
adoption tips, visit facebook.com/iams. The
facebook campaign also allows visitors to donate to their local
"The donations come through us and we send it to the
organization that it's meant for and we do not take one penny out
for administrative costs," Arms says. "Whatever the person
donates, the organization gets 100 percent of this."
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