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

Friday, November 18, 2016

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


PetSmart Charities Nov 2016 National Adoption Weekend 2Phoenix, AZ–Nov. 17, 2016 –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 showcased in our pet adoption stories and #iadopted social media wall.

PetSmart Charities Nov 2016 National Adoption Weekend“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.

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. 


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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 – including,, and – 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.


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 organization.  

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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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