Adoption Programs

Help every pet find a lifelong, loving home

dog, store, adoptionEach year, more than 400,000 homeless pets find adoptive families through PetSmart Charities® adoption programs. Our goal is to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet.

Since 1994, we’ve worked with thousands of animal welfare agencies across North America to get more than 5 million homeless pets adopted.

In fact, no other charity saves as many pets’ lives as PetSmart Charities, thanks to our reach and local and national collaborations.

Three adoption programs

You can join us by applying for a PetSmart Charities adoption program grant.

You can participate in 3 adoption programs through PetSmart Charities:

  • In-store adoptions. Help your pets find their forever homes at PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers. They're located in each of the more than 1,300 PetSmart® stores across the nation.
  • Rescue Waggin’®. Every day, PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ picks up selected dogs and puppies from partner shelters in areas where there are more dogs and puppies than can be placed through adoption.
  • Adoption events. Save more lives by getting more pets adopted at our quarterly national adoption events, weekend community events and daily adoptions at PetSmart stores.

 “Having been an adoption partner for almost 14 years, we are so appreciative of the in-store adoption program and the opportunities to showcase our adoptable pets on weekends and during adopt-a-thon and mega-adoption events. It’s an amazing collaboration that gets homeless pets into new homes.” — Cindy Sharpley, executive director, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Waldorf, Md.