North Americans Open Their Hearts and Homes to More Than 24,000 Pets during PetSmart Charities February National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart Stores

24,428 Pets Found Forever Homes as PetSmart and PetSmart Charities
Host First National Adoption Weekend of 2017

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This past weekend, North Americans opened their hearts and their homes
to more than 24,000 adoptable pets who were looking for their forever
families during PetSmart Charities’ first National Adoption Weekend of
2017—hosted at over 1,500 PetSmart stores across the continent. This
weekend event ranks among the top most successful adoption events for
the leading pet specialty retailer and the leading funder of animal

“We are thrilled by the continued success of our National Adoption
Weekend event where 24,428 pets’ lives were saved,” said Eran Cohen,
chief customer experience officer at PetSmart. “Through this powerful
effort between PetSmart Charities, PetSmart stores, our associates and
thousands of adoption partners from coast to coast, we continue our
commitment to helping pets find their forever homes and to serve as a
trusted partner to new pet parents everywhere.”

Four times each year, PetSmart teams up with PetSmart Charities and more
than 3,000 animal welfare organizations on National Adoption Weekends to
bring adoptable pets into PetSmart stores to find them the forever homes
they deserve. While often referred to as National Adoption “Weekend,”
the adoption efforts span the entire week with the majority of the pets
– 23,000 on average – adopted between Friday and Sunday. PetSmart, The
Adopt Spot, has helped to facilitate over 7.3 million adoptions to date,
more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. For every 30 seconds
a PetSmart store is open, a pet is adopted, totaling 1,400 pets’ lives
saved every day.

“We are excited to report the success of our first National Adoption
Weekend event of the New Year to kick off our lifesaving efforts in
2017,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities.
“Pet adoption continues to be key to our mission to end pet homelessness
and connect people and pets across the United States and Canada. We look
forward to saving even more lives as the year progresses.”

Did You Adopt This Weekend?

New pet parents who wish to share their heartwarming adoption stories
and photos with their new four-legged family member are encouraged to
use the hashtag #iadopted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The next
PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on May 5-7,

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 a free Adoption Kit*
that provides useful content on how to integrate a pet into the family
while offering true value – more than $450 in savings. 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.

*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
25,000 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 $10 million to help pets in need with a funding focus
on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet
overpopulation and emergency relief grants that help pets and pet
parents impacted by natural and man-made disasters. PetSmart Charities
of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, independent from PetSmart.


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