PetSmart Charities to Host September National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart Stores, Where as Many as 20,000 Pets Are Expected to be Adopted Across North America
Local animal welfare organizations to bring thousands of pets in need into PetSmart stores for National Adoption Weekend, Sept. 15-17
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This weekend, prospective pet parents are invited to adopt a four-legged family member during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart’s 1,500-plus stores across North America. Local animal welfare organizations working to help pets in need in their communities will bring homeless pets -- ranging from dogs and cats to birds and guinea pigs -- into PetSmart stores, in hopes of finding them a lifelong, loving forever home.
“By welcoming a pet into their home, pet parents will have the opportunity to experience the power of pets and the positive impact that they bring to every family member. The unconditional love and support that a pet can offer in a lifetime is truly remarkable and unlike any other.”
The National Adoption Weekend events -- held four times a year at PetSmart stores -- are hosted in collaboration with PetSmart Charities’ more than 3,500 local animal welfare partners. While called PetSmart Charities National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts span the week with the majority of the pets adopted between Friday and Sunday when many stores host large parking lot tent-events with their local adoption partners to connect adoptable pets with potential forever families. PetSmart and PetSmart Charities said they expect as many as 20,000 pets to be adopted across the adoption event.
Pet adoption is an important part of PetSmart Charities’ mission to end pet homelessness and connect people and pets. By adopting a pet, pet parents are able to experience first-hand how a pet can enhance the quality of life for themselves and every family member.
“During our National Adoption Weekend and through the valued partnership with PetSmart and our more than 3,500 local adoption partners, we are able to connect displaced or homeless pets in need with families who are looking to open their hearts and homes to a new four-legged family member,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “By welcoming a pet into their home, pet parents will have the opportunity to experience the power of pets and the positive impact that they bring to every family member. The unconditional love and support that a pet can offer in a lifetime is truly remarkable and unlike any other.”
Adoptions also happen every day at PetSmart stores, where local community-based animal welfare partners are invited into stores to hold adoption events whenever needed. Two out of every 10 pet adoptions in North America are facilitated through PetSmart and PetSmart Charities’ in-store adoption programs. To date, these events have helped PetSmart and PetSmart Charities find forever families for more than 7.6 million pets since 1994.
National Adoption Weekend Details:
|Fri., Sept. 15 – Sun., Sept. 17, 2017|
|Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
PetSmart Offers a Free Gift to Those Who Adopt:
As a gift to those that adopt and save a life, regardless of whether the pet was adopted at PetSmart, at a shelter or even another pet stores, PetSmart offers a free Adoption Kit* that provides important content on how to integrate a new pet into the family and adds true value – more than $450 in free items and discounts on pet essentials and services. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, a complimentary private training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp session and a free overnight boarding stay, as well as half-off on a grooming service. Also included are savings on all the essentials for a new pet including beds, crates, gates, brushes, feeding bowls, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as solutions like pet calming products and stain and odor remedies for any mishaps that may occur.
*Adoption papers required.
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.6 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017**. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.
**Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at petsmart.com/giveameal. The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S., while four large animal welfare agencies will distribute it in Canada.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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