So Many Options for Adoptions

Friday, November 30, 2012
How to start the search for your new forever friend

Woman holding catLooking to add a new dog or cat to your family? Adoption is the way to go. The hard facts prove it.

But how do you start the search for your new forever friend?

PetSmart Charities works with animal welfare organizations throughout the United States and Canada to shorten the path between shelters and the right adoptive families.

Before you even get a chance to meet them, every organization we work with makes sure prospective pets are examined by a vet and given vaccinations. And many are spayed/neutered before they go home. In many situations, you also may get the added benefit of information about a pet’s temperament to make sure he or she fits with your lifestyle.

We’ve already helped more than 5 million pets find homes. Here’s how we do it.

PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Centers: We partner with animal welfare organizations throughout the nation and provide adoption center space within select PetSmart stores. These state-of-the-art adoption centers house adoptable cats and dog 24 hours a day, freeing up space at local shelters. Each center has its own entrance, separate dog and cat sections with their own ventilation systems, supervised playrooms, private rooms to spend time with pets, and behind the scenes maintenance areas. It’s great exposure for healthy pets that results in even more adoptions.

PetSmart Charities Cat Adoption Centers: Cats are available for adoption every day at Cat Adoption Centers right inside in every PetSmart store in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Our animal welfare group partners coordinate daily care of the cats as well as vet care, vaccinations and spay/neuter procedures.

Man holding dogWeekend Adoption Events: On any given weekend, adoption events take place at PetSmart stores throughout the in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Local animal welfare organizations bring adoptable pets to the stores in hopes of finding their forever homes. Check with your local PetSmart for information about upcoming events: visit the PetSmart store locator or call 1-877-473-8762.

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekends: Four times per year, PetSmart Charities hosts National Adoption Weekends. We bring together thousands of U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican local animal welfare organizations to host adoption events on-site at the 1,250 PetSmart stores. It’s a great way for our store managers to get in on the action and work closely with the agencies in their communities.

Adoptable Pets Locator: This online tool can help you easily locate pets available for adoption nearby. You can specify the type of animal you’re seeking or find pet shelters in your area. No matter what option you choose, you’re well on your way to finding the healthy, adoptable pet that’s right for you.

Have you adopted a pet from a PetSmart Charities center or event? Be sure to share your story (and photos!) with us.


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