PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities® Announce the Most Successful November National Adoption Weekend Event Ever

Signature Adoption Event Aimed at Encouraging Pet Adoption Prior to
the Holiday Season Saves the Lives of 22,834 Pets at PetSmart Stores
across North America

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This past weekend, tens of thousands of pet-loving North Americans
visited PetSmart stores for PetSmart Charities’ November National
Adoption Weekend. A grand total of 22,834 pets found their forever
homes, making this event the most successful November National Adoption
Weekend event since PetSmart began its in-store adoption program in the
early 1990s.

The record-setting adoption numbers could be due to pet parents heeding
the advice from experts like Steve Kaufman, center of excellence manager
– adoptions at PetSmart Charities.

“We’re thrilled to see that pet parents are thinking ahead and adopting
a new furry family member before the holidays in lieu of putting a pet
under the tree,” said Kaufman. “This will give families more time to
transition a new pet into their home and will enable pet parents to
include their new pet in cherished holiday celebrations like photos,
gatherings and gift openings.”

Thanks to a year of unprecedented adoption success, PetSmart and
PetSmart Charities recently celebrated saving the lives of 7 million
pets. The lucky 7 millionth adopted pet is Daisy, a fox terrier-foxhound
mix puppy who was adopted out of a PetSmart store in Staten Island by
the McKenzie family. Read more about adopted pets like Daisy and the
inspirational work of PetSmart Charities by visiting

“At PetSmart Charities, our mission is to find lifelong, loving homes
for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring
people and pets together. By working closely with PetSmart stores and
our dedicated animal welfare partners, we’re able to host National
Adoption Weekends four times each year. It’s awe-inspiring to see that,
in a matter of days, we’re able to help tens of thousands of adoptable
pets find the forever homes and families they deserve,” says David
Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., President of PetSmart Charities and PetSmart
Charities of Canada.

PetSmart, The Adopt Spot™, is where people save pets and pets save
people. The retailer is a leading source for pet adoption across North
America, having helped with the adoption of more than 7 million pets
since 1994 – more than any other brick-and-mortar establishment.
PetSmart continues to grow its adoption leadership with its recent
acquisition of, a leading online pet adoption platform.

PetSmart’s Adoption Kit

As a gift to those who saved a life through adoption (no matter where
they choose to adopt their pet*), PetSmart offers its free Adoption Kit
which provides important content on how to integrate a pet into the
family while offering true value – with more than $450 in real savings –
to the adoption parent. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or
cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, a free
veterinarian visit, 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.

While often referred to as PetSmart Charities National Adoption
“Weekend,” the adoption efforts span the entire week, with the majority
of the pets (approximately 90%) being adopted between Friday and Sunday.
The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on
February 17 – 19, 2017.

*Adoption paperwork is required.

About PetSmart®

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 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 53,000
associates, operate 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding
facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet
food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet
boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption
services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents –
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and
PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more
than 500,000 homeless pets each year. The Adopt Spot is a trademark of
PetSmart, Inc.

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About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that
saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats
find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across
the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart
shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to
PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores.
PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every
dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing
additional support to help pets in need. 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 adoption and spay/neuter
programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart
Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.
PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13
years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on
the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits,
placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization
that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada. Each year more than
20,000 pets find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly
all PetSmart stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A
leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has
granted more than $9.9 million to help pets in need with a funding focus
on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet
overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity,
independent from PetSmart.


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