PetSmart®, The Adopt Spot™, Announces Another Record-Breaking National Adoption Weekend with More than 24,000 Pets Adopted

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 24,000 pets found their forever homes last week during
PetSmart’s signature National Adoption Weekend event held at more than
1,400 PetSmart stores across North America – setting another PetSmart
adoption record and continuing its trend of adopting more pets at its
2016 nation-wide events than it has since they were initiated by the
retailer more than a decade ago.

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24,417 pets were adopted throughout the event last week (Monday –
Sunday), the second-best National Adoption Weekend event on record for
PetSmart and representing a 43 percent adoption increase over last
year’s May event. PetSmart is on track to save its 7 millionth life in
early fall. The May event also included more than 200 stores – double
the number from the last National Adoption Weekend event held in
February – and expanded life-saving efforts to include small animals
such as ferrets, guinea pigs and rabbits with 530 small pets adopted.

These signature National Adoption Weekend events are held at PetSmart,
The Adopt Spot, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities®,
PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada and thousands of local animal
welfare organizations. While called National Adoption “Weekend,” the
adoption efforts span the week with the majority of the pets, about
22,272, adopted between Friday and Sunday when many stores host large
parking lot tent-events with their local adoption partners to connect
adoptable pets with their forever families.

“We are thrilled so many pets – more than 24,000 in all – found their
forever homes this past week at The Adopt Spot,” said Eran Cohen, chief
customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Our signature National Adoption
Weekend events are highly coordinated efforts involving all aspects of
our company, PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and
thousands of animal welfare partners. From setting up tents and
preparing stores to serve as adoption centers, we couldn’t be more proud
of the collaborative efforts that resulted in this recent adoption
success – together we are saving lots of lives!”

Last year PetSmart hit a major milestone, adopting out more than 500,000
pets in a single year and in February, its first National Adoption
Weekend of 2016, PetSmart hit its first record with more than 25,000
pets adopted – more than any previous event. For every 30 seconds a
PetSmart store is open a pet’s life is saved, totaling about 1,400 lives
saved every day.

The Adopt Spot, Where People Save Pets (and Pets Save People)

PetSmart is The Adopt Spot, where pets find their forever homes every
day among PetSmart’s pet-loving customers and guests. Since its founding
in 1987, PetSmart recognized the pet homelessness problem and made the
decision to never sell dogs or cats. In 1994 and 1999, PetSmart
Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada were respectively created as
nonprofit organizations with a mission to end pet homelessness.
Together, they are now the leading animal welfare organizations granting
more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare
groups in North America – $274 million to date.

Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and
some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To save lives,
PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and
nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations across North America on
a range of powerful adoption events in PetSmart stores including
National Adoption Weekends held four times a year.

“PetSmart is so committed to ending pet homelessness and saving pets’
lives through adoption, it delivers nearly 10,000 free Adoption Kits
every week to those who adopt – a gift to anybody who gives the gift of
life,” said Cohen. “The PetSmart Adoption Kit is industry-leading and
available to anybody who adopts, no matter where they adopt* – at
PetSmart, a shelter, community event, or even another retailer.”

The PetSmart Adoption Kit provides important content on how to integrate
a pet into the family and true value – with more than $400 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™, as
well as a free veterinarian visit, half-off on two grooming services, a
free training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp
session and a free overnight boarding stay. 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 the mishaps
that are sure to occur.

To help new pet parents, on the weekend of May 28-29, just on the heels
of its National Adoption Weekend, PetSmart will host its New Pet Event
featuring education and problem-solutions tips to help first-time pet
owners welcome their newest family member and celebrate all of the
exciting “firsts.”

Share your adoption pics and stories! #theadoptspot

*Adoption papers required.

About PetSmart®

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 mission 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 approximately 1,450 pet stores in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart®
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 – including,,
– 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. In addition, PetSmart supports
organizations that make communities a better place to call home through
our philanthropy program, PetSmart
Gives Back
™. By giving back to the communities where we live and
work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich
people’s lives—we live it.

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 PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making
donations on a pin pad at the register. PetSmart Charities efficiently
uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding
lifelong, loving homes for all pets. 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 cats and dogs 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 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.


Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
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