UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Here’s a sobering stat: only 45 percent of companion animals admitted into shelters get adopted. Iams Home 4 the Holidays hopes to change that. Now in its 14th year, the campaign aims to not only bring awareness to pet adoption, but also help ensure proper nutrition for homeless pets. During last year's campaign, more than 75,000 pets were adopted in Canada; this year's campaign runs until January 2, 2013. Here are three ways you can get involved: 1. If you’ve been thinking of adopting a pet, consider adopting from a local shelter. You can find a list of animal shelters and rescue organizations here. 2. If you already have a pet, donate to the cause through Bags 4 Bowls. For every bag of specially marked packages of Iams food bought during the campaign, one bowl of food will be given to a participating shelter. 3. If you don’t have any pets, you can: • Volunteer at a shelter to groom pets, take dogs on walks or assist with administrative tasks. • Donate items – such as cleaning supplies, stainless steel bowls and nail clippers – to your shelter. • Visit Facebook.com/iams and Like the page, a post, a video – whatever. Every time you click Like, a meal gets donated to an animal shelter. [caption id="attachment_14404" align="aligncenter" width="244"] Win this Iams gift basket![/caption] Iams is now happy to offer a gift package to one lucky pet owner – and their pet! The gift basket is valued at $300 and includes a bed and blanket, food containers, portable water jobs as well as other cool accessories for pets! Here’s how to enter: • Leave a comment on this post telling me: What’s your pet's favourite toy or accessory? • Make sure to leave your name and email address so that we can contact you if you win. We will randomly select our winner on December 19. Contest closes Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. EST. You can enter once only. Open to all residents of Canada with a valid mailing address, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families or any other persons with whom they reside. Good luck! **UPDATE: This contest is now closed and our winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered!