PetSmart Charities® Congratulates America’s Top 10 “Furriendliest” Cities

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PHOENIX – Nearly 16,000 pets were adopted into forever homes during the latest PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. The three-day event, in collaboration with more than 3,000 local adoption groups, was held November 14-16 at all 1,300 PetSmart® stores across the U.S.

Richmond, Va. and its adoption partners helped adopt the most dogs and cats during National Adoption Weekend. A total of 134 deserving pets were given a second chance and adopted into lifelong, loving homes.

Based on PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend data, the top 10 cities with the most pet adoptions are:

1.    Richmond, Va. (134 adoptions)

2.    Evansville, Ind. (132 adoptions)

3.    Alexandria, Va. (130 adoptions)

4.    Des Moines, Iowa (128 adoptions)

5.    Terre Haute, Ind. (127 adoptions)

6.    Chattanooga, Tenn. (126 adoptions)

7.    Tampa, Fla. (121 adoptions)  

8.    Raleigh, N.C. (102 adoptions)

9.    Albuquerque, N.M. (100 adoptions)

10.  Gainesville, Fla. (94 adoptions)

“We’re proud to have found homes for almost 16,000 pets this National Adoption Weekend, and we’re so happy to help pet lovers find their perfect companion,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of our adoption partners and their commitment to ending pet homelessness.”

Pet parents of adopted pets are encouraged to share their pet’s adoption story with PetSmart Charities and best-selling author and pet adoption advocate Nicholas Sparks in a unique contest, the “Fall into a Nicholas Sparks Love Story Contest.”

Sparks will select the most heartwarming pet adoption story and the lucky winner’s adopted pet will be named in one of his upcoming novels. The winning story will also be featured on Sparks’s website, along with an introduction by the author. Visit this link for more details.

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About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. 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 spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

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