The Weekend Marks the Most Successful National Adoption Weekend Event in PetSmart Charities’ 25-Year History
PHOENIX – MAR. 6, 2020 – Over the weekend, North Americans welcomed 32,985 adoptable pets into their homes during PetSmart Charities’ first National Adoption Weekend event of the year held at PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Canada – making it the most successful National Adoption Weekend since the event was initiated by PetSmart Charities and PetSmart over 25 years ago. With the help of nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations and thousands of people willing to open their hearts and homes to pets in need, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities found homes for a wide variety of pets including dogs, cats and small animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
“Beyond achieving record-breaking adoptions during this National Adoption Weekend, the important thing is so many pets found the forever homes and families they deserve,” said Chris McCurdy, interim president of PetSmart Charities. “National Adoption Weekends are truly a collaboration of our animal welfare partners and associates that connects these pets with their future families. We couldn’t be more proud these efforts have found homes for over 9.2 million pets in our 25 year history.”
During each National Adoption Weekend, held four times a year, PetSmart Charities invites local humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescue organizations to bring adoptable pets into PetSmart stores across North America so they have the best chance of finding a forever home. While the event is called PetSmart Charities National Adoption “Weekend,” it spans the entire week with the majority of the pets – nearly 20,000 – adopted between Friday and Saturday when many stores host large tented parking lot events with their local adoption partners allowing them to connect adoptable pets with their forever families.
PetSmart and PetSmart Charities congratulate the Hattiesburg, MS store that adopted out the most pets in the U.S. during the week-long event. The efforts of the Hattiesburg store and its adoption partners helped find loving homes for 207 deserving pets.
Across the country, the top 10 PetSmart store locations with the highest number of adoptions were:
Hwy 98 in Hattiesburg, MS (207 pets)
Burkhardt Rd. in Evansville, IN (173 pets)
US HWY 41 in Terre Haute, IN (148 pets)
Pavillion Way in Lexington, KY (145 pets)
E. Main St. in Mohegan Lake, NY (134 pets)
University Dr. NW in Huntsville, AL (122 pets)
Ulmerton Rd. in Largo, FL (114 pets)
S. Service Rd. in Moore, OK (113 pets)
Worth Ave. in Sterling, VA (111 pets)
Wadsworth BYP in Arvada, CO (109 pets)
The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held June 5-7, but pets are available for adoption every day at adoption centers in PetSmart stores across the country. To find a store with an adoption center near you, visit www.petsmart.com. Those who already found their new furry partner are encouraged to share their own pet’s adoption story on social media using the hashtag #iadopted.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. 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 more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $390 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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. PetSmart employs approximately 56,000 associates and operates more than 1,660 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. The retailer provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with nearly 40,000 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 9 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. 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.
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