November’s National Adoption Weekend Brings 9 Millionth Adoption Milestone in Reach for PetSmart Charities®

Potential Adoptees Can Visit PetSmart® Stores Across North America Nov. 8-10 to Adopt a Pet in Need

Nov. 4, 2019 – PHOENIX, Ariz. — As PetSmart Charities prepares for its National Adoption Weekend Nov. 8 – 10, it’s also preparing to celebrate its largest milestone to date – an unprecedented 9 million adoptions. During the weekend event and heading into the holiday season, the nonprofit is inviting perspective pet parents to help reach this landmark achievement by adopting a shelter pet.

While these National Adoption Weekend events happen four times a year in nearly all 1,650 PetSmart stores across North America, PetSmart Charities is especially excited to hit the mark of helping more than 9 million pets find forever homes during this event. This year alone, the organization has aided in over 465,000 adoptions.

“What we’ve been able to accomplish wouldn’t be possible without our great partner organizations, PetSmart store teams and the kindness of pet adopters across North America,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “We are so close to helping 9 million pets find their forever families, and we’ll get there with the help of those looking to give back this holiday season by opening their hearts and homes to a pet in need.”

Each National Adoption Weekend, PetSmart Charities invites thousands of local humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescue organizations to bring adoptable pets, like those displaced during Hurricane Dorian, into PetSmart stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico so that they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home.

“Funding Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts has shown us the many needs of affected pets, and we’re eager to help pets rescued from the wide-spread devastation leave shelters for the embrace of a loving family. Hundreds of these deserving cats and dogs will be available for adoption at PetSmart Charities adoption centers in PetSmart stores around the country,” said Turcott.

Not Ready to Adopt?
Even those who aren’t ready to adopt a pet this November can still help reach the 9 million milestone and give a pet a home for the holidays, by taking a photo of an adoptable pet at a local PetSmart store and posting it on social media, using the hashtag #PicMe.

PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend Details:
November 8-10, thousands of animal welfare organizations will bring a host of adoptable shelter pets, including dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and various small pets, into nearly every PetSmart store across North America.

            Nov.  8 – 10, 2019

Times:              Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (local time) & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time)

Locations:       Nearly every one of the 1,600+ PetSmart stores across North America. Visit to find a store near you.

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 LLC, 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

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About PetSmart®
PetSmart LLC 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 1,650 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 4,000 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 8 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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