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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 gifts@petsmartcharities.org 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 http://pets.petsmart.com/adoptions/ or call 1-877-473-8762.

Join the Conversation

Follow PetSmart Charities and PetSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities and www.facebook.com/PetSmart. Or, talk with us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs and https://twitter.com/PetSmart 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 www.petsmartcharities.org/adoption, and follow PetSmart Charities’ pet-saving endeavors through Facebook (www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs).

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.

 

Bret Michaels Rocks the Holidays with PetSmart Charities® to Help Homeless Pets

Posted on December 9th, 2012

A $25 donation is the gift that will save a pet’s life

Looking to rock your gift list this Christmas? Take a cue from rock star Bret Michaels and make a donation to save homeless pets on behalf of the pet lover on your list.

A lifelong pet lover, Michaels has teamed up with PetSmart Charities to bring awareness to the millions of adoptable pets who need homes, and to encourage others to make a difference this holiday season.

Half of the 8 million pets who end up in shelters are euthanized — about 11,000 pets a day —because they don’t have a home.

A $25 donation to PetSmart Charities saves a pet’s life by covering the cost for shelter space, food and veterinarian services needed to care for pets while they wait to be adopted. With PetSmart Charities, your donation goes further to save pets — 84 cents of every dollar goes directly to help pets in need, one of the highest direct-donation percentages among all national animal welfare charities.

“I was lucky enough to adopt my German shepherd, Tarkus Arlicicus, and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having pets around,” said Michaels.

“By making a donation to PetSmart Charities this holiday, you will give a pet the second chance it deserves to find its lifelong home — and be a rock star to the pet lovers in your life.”

Pet Lovers are Rockin’ Holiday Donations in 2012

In a recent PetSmart Charities Facebook survey*, 88 percent of respondents said they are planning to donate to an animal welfare organization this holiday. They also indicated that the most important factor in deciding which charity will receive their donation was knowing their money would make a difference in saving pets.

In addition to its high direct-donation percentage, PetSmart Charities is in the top one percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator and has received its highest 4-star rating for nine consecutive years.

How to Donate

It’s one gift that doesn’t require you to fight the mall crowds or dig out the wrapping paper. Just visit www.petsmartcharities.org/how-to-help/donate to join Bret Michaels and PetSmart Charities in rockin’ the holiday season by saving a pet’s life.

New PetSmart Charities® Study Urges Shift in How Adoptable Pets Are Portrayed

Posted on November 29th, 2012

Awareness and concern about pet homelessness is undermined by growing misconceptions about adoptable pets

Fundraising campaigns that show homeless pets in depressing conditions appear to strengthen the reluctance of some Americans to adopt a pet, according to new research from PetSmart Charities.

The study also identifies the most persistent misconceptions that people have about adoptable pets —that shelters don’t have the type of dog/cat wanted; purebred pets aren’t available; and you never know what you’re going to get with a shelter pet.

PetSmart Charities funded two national surveys, administered by Ipsos Marketing in 2009 and 2011, to better understand the public’s attitudes and understanding about pet adoption and spay/neuter.

The results of the surveys have highlighted the need for the animal welfare community to portray adoptable pets in a more positive light. Doing so would help to close the awareness gap between the benefits of pet adoption and spay/neuter, and the current pet homelessness and euthanasia epidemic.

“The pets shown in fundraising campaigns should be the same pets that animal welfare organizations are asking people to adopt – those that are healthy, happy, and ready for a forever home,” said Kelly Campbell, senior manager of knowledge & research, PetSmart Charities.

Key findings from the study include:

  • · Most Americans (88 percent) drastically underestimate the scope of the euthanasia epidemic. In 2011, people estimated the number of pets euthanized annually was 1.2 million, and in 2009, that number was 1.5 million. Both figures are far below the actual number of approximately 4 million cats and dogs euthanized every year.
  • · Conversely, people’s awareness and concern about the pet homelessness issue have grown, and more say they would consider adopting a pet. In 2009, 51 percent said they would consider adopting a dog or cat, compared to 58 percent in 2011.
  • · However, misconceptions about adoption are increasing – reflecting significant damage that has been done in just two years. The barriers to adoption that have grown significantly from 2009 to 2011 include:

o Shelters don’t have the type of dog or cat wanted: up 9 percent

o You never know what you’re going to get with a shelter pet: up 21 percent

o The dog/cat may have behavioral problems: up 13 percent

o Shelters are depressing or sad: up 20 percent

  •  The desire to save a pet is the strongest driver of adoption at 84 percent. Also, 21 percent of people said that seeing a pet’s picture online motivated them to adopt, reinforcing the need to depict adoptable pets in a positive light.
  •  The study identifies additional drivers of adoption – that people wanted pets already spayed/neutered and vaccinated, that it is less expensive, and they wanted to foster a pet before acquiring one.
  •  In terms of spay/neuter services, some 41 percent of those surveyed in 2011 said the main reason they have not yet spayed or neutered their pet is because they believe their pet was too young for the procedure—a 7 percent increase compared to the 2009 results. A similar percentage of people also said they thought spay/neutering was either too expensive, unnecessary or they simply hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

The misconceptions of pets in shelters are even more apparent in 2011 than they were in 2009, and until the animal welfare industry is able to change attitudes surrounding these barriers, pet homelessness will continue to exist in our communities.

To read the full survey results, visit PetSmart Charities’ online webinar here.

Celebrate Saving Homeless Pets During PetSmart Charities® Natl Adoption Wknd, Nov. 2-4

Posted on October 24th, 2012

Celebrate the season – and save a life – by adopting a pet into your family during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, sponsored by PetSmart®, from November 2-4 at your neighborhood PetSmart store. Together with more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican animal welfare organizations, PetSmart Charities hopes to find homes for thousands of wonderful adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

Nearly 8 million pets end up in U.S. shelters every year, and half – about 11,000 every day – are euthanized. PetSmart Charities’ programs, including National Adoption Weekend, are made possible through donations.

*Just $25 saves the life of a healthy, adoptable pet and funds programs focused on giving these pets a second chance.* Donations can be made online, by email at gifts@petsmartcharities.org or by calling 623-587-2826.

“Not only does an adoptable pet bring joy to our lives, but adoption is one of the key ways to end pet homelessness,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc.

“While adoption is one piece of the solution, we know not everyone is able to adopt. You can help celebrate saving a pet’s life with a donation that will fund adoption events like this that have played a role in finding homes for more than 5 million pets.”

During National Adoption Weekend, animal-welfare organizations will be on-site at all 1,250 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

These events are proudly sponsored by PetSmart, Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats® (MAXX Scoop® in Canada).

As an added incentive, participating local shelters and rescue agencies will receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt during the event.

“We are committed to saving the lives of homeless pets by donating space in every PetSmart store nationwide for pet adoptions. Together with PetSmart Charities, we’re truly making a difference one life at a time,” said John Alpaugh, chief marketing officer, PetSmart.

“And to ensure these pets find happy, forever homes, our stores offer a wide selection of products and services to help pet parents care for the newest member of the family – everything from food and apparel to training classes and grooming.”

How to Adopt

Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. To find the PetSmart store nearest you and to learn about the adoption center’s fees and guidelines, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

Stay up-to-date on the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets by visiting www.PetSmartCharities.org and by following on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).