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How you can help a pet in need

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(ARA) - Imagine waking up every morning wondering if you'll someday be able to find a home to call your own or how you'll find your next meal. For so many pets, not having enough food in their bellies or a safe home are harsh realities. Fortunately, there are simple ways pet lovers can be heroes in the lives of pets.

To help in this important effort, Purina ONE has teamed up with Martha Stewart for social network fundraising and the Tour For Heroes, a mobile tour visiting animal shelters coast to coast, providing pet food, supporting pet adoption and helping pets in need.

"My pets are important members of my family and I am deeply committed to helping homeless animals," says Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. "I'm pleased to be working with Purina ONE to support pets in need because I believe this is a worthy cause that can help so many animals across the country."

All Pet Lovers Can be Heroes
While not every pet lover is able to adopt an animal, people can still help pets in their own community and across the country through online social networks. Purina ONE and Martha Stewart are helping pet lovers make a difference and raise funds for shelters by simply sharing photos of adoptable pets on Facebook.

Sharing is easy. Start by searching for an adoptable pet anywhere in the United States by visiting tourforheroes.marthastewart.com. Choose a pet to help and click to share his or her profile with friends on your Facebook page. Every time a photo is shared, Purina ONE will donate $1 - up to $50,000 - worth of food to feed pets in need in local communities. Pet lovers can share photos until March 31.

Food for Fluffy and Fido
Throughout the month of February, the Purina ONE Tour For Heroes will travel from San Francisco to New York and stop at local animal shelters in 11 cities along the way to set up temporary food banks and hold adoption events. More than 63,000 pounds of dog and cat food - equaling 11,000 bags of food - will be given out to help pets in need.

Whether you've lost your job, have large veterinary or medical bills or are struggling to pay your mortgage, no one will be turned away at any of the Tour For Heroes events.

"In tough times, a source of constant companionship can often be your dog or cat," says Mark Stoddard, brand director for Purina ONE. "We want to lend a hand to pets in need, and by assisting their owners who may need a little extra help these days, we help their pets, too."

For more information about the Tour For Heroes and to find a tour stop near you, visit tourforheroes.marthastewart.com.

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