Adopt a Dog. Adopt a Cat. Adopt Another Pet: All About Pet Adoption – Your Best, Most Sensible Option. Adopting a pet is very rewarding but also is a longtime commitment. Be sure you are ready to adopt an animal before you take it home and have properly researched the adoption facility. You can ADOPT A PET from places like the ASPCA, NSAL, PetSmart (on weekends), APL and local animal rescues and shelters – which really need your support.

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Give a Pet a Forever Home for the Holidays at PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, November 15-17

Posted on October 31st, 2013

The holidays remind us of the things we’re thankful for, and for those with adopted pets, their furry friends top that list. Thousands of deserving pets are waiting for you at the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Nov. 15-17 at your neighborhood PetSmart® store.PSC logo

Thousands of local animal welfare groups will have adorable and adoptable pets at all 1,300 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. They can help you find your perfect match, whether it’s a dog, cat, puppy, kitten, mixed-breed or purebred.

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities depends on donations to offer special events like this one. A donation of just $25 helps save a pet’s life through adoption. You can donate online, by email at or via phone at 1-800-745-9460.

“We’re so thankful for the joy that an adopted pet brings to our lives, but we know that not everyone is able to adopt,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “You can celebrate saving a pet’s life with a donation that will help fund adoption events like this, which play a huge role in PetSmart Charities finding homes for more than 400,000 pets every year.”

PetSmart Charities will also reward all participating local adoption partners; each will receive $35 in adoption-reward grants for every pet adopted during the event. PetSmart, Inc., Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats® (MAXX Scoop® in Canada) are proud sponsors of National Adoption Weekend.

Lucky puppies go home fur-ever...

Lucky puppies go home fur-ever…

“We are proud to partner with PetSmart Charities to find lifelong, loving homes for thousands of pets this National Adoption Weekend,” said David Lenhardt, chief executive officer, PetSmart. “At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people, and events such as this are the first step in creating that meaningful connection.”

How to Adopt

Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

To find the PetSmart store nearest you, visit or call 1-877-473-8762.

Join the Conversation

Follow PetSmart Charities and PetSmart on Facebook at and Or, talk with us on Twitter at and and by following the hashtag #adoptlove.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.


PetSmart Charities®, Cleveland Animal Protective League Team Up to Save Pets in Cleveland Area

Posted on September 19th, 2013

Homeless pets in Cleveland will have a better chance of finding a loving home thanks to a partnership between PetSmart Charities® and the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL).

The two have teamed up, with support from PetSmart®, Inc., to open a  dog & cat adoption center inside the huge PetSmart store at 6870 Ridge Road in Parma.

Since the adoption center’s soft opening on August 26 (last month), 24 pets have found forever homes!!!!

I toured the Everyday Adoption Center (EAC) this summer while it was under construction. It’s amazing. It has plenty of room for everything a shelter would need to facilitate adoptions. The EAC will surely help hundreds of pets find homes each year and I couldn’t be happier to be telling you about it. I hope you will go and visit – and I hope you’ll consider taking home a furry friend while you’re there to be your FOREVER friend!

The Cleveland everyday adoption center is open seven days a week during PetSmart’s operating hours. PSC logo

Amenities include:

-        Kennels for adult dogs, puppies and small dogs

-        Cat and kitten adoption center

-        Play areas for dogs awaiting adoption

-        Meet‐and‐greet areas for prospective adopters and their families to get acquainted with the pet(s) they want to take home

APL logoThe everyday adoption center is part of a nationwide initiative from PetSmart Charities with the goal of saving more homeless pets. Since May 2010, PetSmart Charities has helped save more than 44,000 pets by opening similar adoption centers in nine states.

If you do get the chance, I highly encourage you to venture out to see the awesome EAC. I’d love to say that it’s one-of-a-kind, but, like I said, fortunately PetSmart Charities has several EACs around the nation, including its flagship EAC and others located everywhere from Arizona and Colorado to Delaware and New Jersey.

When you adopt a pet at one of the EACs, you will help your community and reap these rewards:

  • Savings. When you adopt, you’ll get an adoption kit from PetSmart with more than $200 in discounts on products and services.
  • Health. Adoptable pets are current on their vaccinations and 88% of them are already spayed or neutered — saving you time and expense. At the Cleveland EAC, 100 % of the pets are already spayed and neutered.
  • Trust. PetSmart Charities screens adoption partners to ensure they are qualified to arrange adoptions of healthy pets.
  • Inside information. Adoption representatives have cared for, and sometimes even fostered, the pets available. Ask them about a pet’s personality, medical history and habits to help you make the right choice.

So before you take your new adventure in adoption, check out an example of a happy adoption in Shay’s story…

The EAC's entrance: beautiful!

The EAC’s entrance: beautiful!

Shay’s Story

Shay, a five-year-old Alaskan husky/shepherd mix, was the lucky first dog to be adopted from the adoption center on its opening day. Dat Boumitri and her two daughters, Mia and Melissa, recently moved to the United States from Lebanon and sadly had to leave their pets behind to stay with friends and family when they moved. Since arriving in the U.S., they couldn’t wait to adopt a new four-legged friend. Mia, age nine, saved up her first communion money to adopt the dog herself. The family was drawn to the sweet dog because of her unique, differently colored eyes and calm nature.

The new cat and dog everyday adoption center, officially opening on Sept. 28, frees up kennel space at Cleveland APL’s main shelter location so more animals can be helped, and allows adoptable pets to live in a new pet-friendly venue until they are adopted. This 2,200 square foot center will house approximately 41 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. About 20 pets are expected to be adopted from the new adoption center each week.

“Our partnership with Cleveland APL allows us to promote pet adoptions and reduce pet homelessness in the local community,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities, Inc. “We are thrilled to bring this everyday adoption center model to the Cleveland area; each of these adoption centers allows us to save, on average, more than 1,000 pets every year.”

“Shay’s adoption story is just one example of the many pets we’ve already been able to save through our partnership with PetSmart Charities,” said Sharon Harvey, president and CEO, Cleveland APL. “This new center will benefit thousands of deserving cats and dogs by bringing them out into the community where they can find new, loving homes.”

Shay's new family

Shay’s new family

Learn more about PetSmart Charities’ adoption programs by visiting, and follow PetSmart Charities’ pet-saving endeavors through Facebook ( and Twitter (

New pet adoption centers will open soon in California, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.


NY Times Best-Selling Author Rory Freedman “Begs for Change” for Animals

Posted on June 22nd, 2013

Rory Freedman, co-author of the #1 New York Times mega-seller “Skinny B-i-t-c-h,” returns.

Her latest rallying cry?

Well it’s just in time for this month’s Animal Rights Awareness Week, which is going on now through June 25, 2013.

A tried and true call-to-arms to all animal lovers is what “Beg” is… Although I have not read the full copy yet for myself, I was lucky enough to get the below excerpt from the publisher. Essentially, Freedman is “begging” for a more humane look at the animals that make up our lives – from the ones we love and live with to the ones we consume.Beg

Freedman has successfully captivated the attention of animal lovers worldwide and has made appearances on national media, such as “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” “Tyra,” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” for her well-known book “Skinny B-i-t-c-h,” which looks at the benefits of a vegan diet. (This book skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the bestseller list in no time at all..)

Freedman’s new book Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals (Running Press Publishing Group, April 30, 2013), is a battle cry on behalf of all animals, as well as an inspirational, empowering guide to what we can do to help them.

Here’s the excerpt (my favorite parts are in red):

“Beg: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals” – Apples to Oranges (p. 135-136)

All animals have unique personalities, the desire to live, and the ability to experience pain. I constantly hear people saying humans are “superior” to other animals, which always baffles me. Yeah, we’re better at being humans and doing human stuff than they are. Agreed. But that doesn’t make us smarter—it just makes us human. Would we say that sharks are superior to lions because they can swim? Or that kangaroos are superior to horses because they can jump higher? It’s absurd. So what if we can build airplanes and use computers? What use does a zebra have for either? Cows are only stupid if we’re measuring them by human intelligence. No, they don’t speak human. And when I was in Paris, I didn’t speak French. It doesn’t mean I’m stupid; it just means I communicate in a different language. Perhaps if we took the time to learn the languages of these animals—instead of assuming moral superiority that they don’t speak ours—we would see their intelligence and sensitivity. Animals have figured out how to live in harmony with each other and the planet. We’re the only species that has completely mess up the earth—air pollution, and degradation, rainforest destruction, ocean decimation, and climate change. We’re the ones suffering from addiction to alcohol, food, drugs, tobacco, work, TV, sex, pornography, cell phones; we’re the ones depressed, anxious, angry, and lethargic; we’re the ones who seem to have it all, yet cant make our lives work. Our so-called complexities and intelligence haven’t done us any good. It’s my opinion that animals are much smarter than humans. But their intelligence is irrelevant. They systematic confinement, exploitation, and murder of living, and feeling beings is wrong. Jeremy Bentham, and eighteenth-century English philosopher and social reformer hit the nail on the head when he said, about all animals, “The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but Can they suffer?

According to a survey of nearly 2,000 people, 92 percent agreed that it’s important that farm animals are well-cared for; 85 percent said that the quality of life for farm animals is important, even when they’re used for meat; 81 percent agreed that well-being of farm animals is as important as the well-being of pets; and 75 percent agreed that farm animals should be protected from feeling physical pain. Fantastic—at least three-fourths of us agree on paper that animals should be spared from suffering. Can we put that compassion into action and make different choices? Because unfortunately, sympathy alone doesn’t help animals.

Reprinted with permission from BEG: A Radical New Way of Regarding Animals © 2013 by Rory Freedman, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

Adopting a Dog? Here’s How to Prepare

Posted on March 26th, 2013

Welcoming a dog into your home is a big decision, especially if you have a family. Caring for a pet involves a lot of commitment, and that’s especially true for dogs. They generally need more space and attention than cats, and most will need to go outside to relieve themselves a couple times per day. If you’ve decided to adopt a dog, prepare your home and vehicle before picking up the pooch. Use this checklist to ensure that your pet has a safe and smooth transition to its new home.

  • Crate or cage – While it’s not a good idea to cage your animal for extended periods of time, having a place where it’s safe and secure while you’re cleaning the house or bringing in loads of groceries can be helpful. Make the crate a safe and comfortable place with bedding, and keep the door open whenever possible so your new pet can come and go as it pleases.
  • Bed – If your dog won’t be sleeping in its crate, make sure it has a place to lie down. Designating a comfortable sleeping area will make it easier to keep your pet off the furniture and out of your bed.
  • Grooming supplies – While you may prefer to have most grooming done professionally, it’s still a good idea to have dog shampoo, a brush and nail clippers on-hand just in case.
  • Lint rollers – If you get a breed of dog that is prone to shedding, a lint roller can help keep your clothes fur-free.
  • Vet – Before adopting a dog, it’s a good idea to find a vet in the area, especially if you need advice choosing a breed or finding a place to get your pup.
  • Food – Ask your vet what kind and how much food your dog should get daily, and stick to his or her recommendation. Many dogs will eat well past the point of bRamsey sleepingeing full, so you have to help enforce portion control. It’s also a good idea to find out what kind of food your dog has been eating, and if you transition to a new one, do so slowly to avoid an upset stomach.
  • Dishes – Get food and water dishes for your pup, plus a couple spares to keep in the car for when you travel or go to the park.
  • Toys – Get a couple toys before you bring your dog home, then buy more based on what your pup likes. Having toys to play with will reduce the chance that your dog will start playing with your shoes or the furniture. A few good chew toys are essential when adopting a dog.
  • Vaccines – Ask the shelter or breeder whether your dog has been vaccinated, and be sure to get documentation. If your pet needs additional shots, arrange a vaccination schedule with your vet.
  • Spay and neuter – Unless you have a show dog, or plan to stud or breed your new pet, you should consider spaying or neutering. According the Animal Protective League, companion animal overpopulation is a problem, and reducing the risk of unexpected puppies is the responsible thing to do.
  • I.D. tags and microchip – After picking up your new companion, make sure it gets an I.D. tag, or even better, a microchip implant.

When taking your new pet home for the first time, keep in mind that animals can cause a distraction in the car, especially if they’re in a new environment. Make sure you’re covered by affordable auto insurance, and if you’re looking for a provider, compare auto insurance ratings between companies before choosing a policy.

Dale Cooper has been blogging about financial services, insurance and education for more than three years. He holds a B.A. in English and lives in Cleveland. In his spare time, Dale enjoys cooking and traveling.

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Re-homing Your Pet; How to Give Up a Pet for Adoption

Posted on March 16th, 2013

When you make the decision to adopt a pet, hopefully you don’t make it lightly and do the very best you can to give your new companion a forever home.  Adopting a dog and then turning around in a few years and dumping him off at the pound because you no longer want to spend the time it takes to take care of him is just plain cruel and only contributes to the problems of pet overpopulation and overcrowding in shelters.

When you make the decision to adopt an animal, you are committing to taking care of them for the rest of their life.

Unfortunately, life is unpredictable and you very well may find yourself in a situation where you absolutely cannot continue caring for your pet. If you happen to find yourself in such a situation, simply giving up your dog to the pound is not a decision you should take lightly.

Rethink Re-homing

Many people give up their dogs because they feel that they don’t have the energy to deal with behavioral problems. Unless age or other physical or mental ailments are preventing you from taking care of them, you have some options. There are a lot of things you can do to change the unwanted behavior. Consult with a reputable trainer or consider going through obedience training with your dog. Training is just as much about training the owner as it is about training the dog so take some time to work together to achieve the results you are after.

Consider what is truly in the best interest of your dog. If you are considering rehoming your dog because you are in a situation that forces you to move into a small apartment, ask yourself if living in an apartment with you is worse than going to the shelter and risking not ever being adopted back out. The answer is likely to be no. You can always take your pup on long walks outside so he gets the exercise he needs.

Find a New Forever-Home

If circumstances absolutely won’t let you continue caring for your dog, try to adopt him out to your own contacts first. It’s likely that some of your family and friends have a connection with your dog already and you will know that he is going to a good home. is another avenue you can take to find him a new home while you are talking to friends and family.

Don’t just give him up to the first person who wants to take him. Make sure he is going to a good home first. Screen potential adopters and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. You may even want to ask for references and visit their home to make sure you are giving your dog up to a good home. Most potential adopters will understand and if they don’t, there is probably something going on that wouldn’t make them the best match for your dog.

You may not find your dog the perfect forever-home right away but don’t get discouraged and give up! Finding a new home for your pet will take a considerable amount of time and effort but finding the best home for your dog is worth it.

Shelter as a Last Resort

You should only take your pet to a shelter as a last resort. Remember that the number of animals that need homes far outweighs the number of people looking to adopt so when you take your pet to a shelter you run the risk of him never being adopted out.

Most shelters are running at full capacity and often have to euthanize other animals to make room for the incoming ones. Before you choose a shelter do your homework. Does the shelter use euthanasia as a form of animal control or do they classify themselves as a “no-kill” shelter? How do they classify adoptable pets versus non-adoptable pets? Even if your pet seems perfectly adoptable to you, a shelter might deem them as non-adoptable because of something as simple as a cold or tooth decay. These are all things you should consider before signing over ownership of your pet.

If you do take your dog to the pet shelter, don’t lie about why you’re there. Saying that you are giving him up because he isn’t good with kids or cats when that isn’t true will only make the adoption process more difficult.  The more information the shelter has, the more likely they will be able to adopt out your dog.

Author Bio:

Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food.  He currently freelances for, which specializes in dog doors. In his spare time he enjoys taking his dogs Sam and Bosco to the local dog park. His dogs often tire of fetch before he does.