PetSmart Charities®, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Team Up to Save Hundreds of Pets in New York

Friday, September 12, 2014

(Phoenix) – Homeless pets in the Capital Region will have a better chance finding a loving home thanks to a partnership between PetSmart Charities and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. The two have teamed up with support from PetSmart® to open a pet adoption center inside the PetSmart store at 609 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham, NY. Since the Everyday Adoption Center’s soft opening on August 18, 46 pets have already found forever homes.

Ollie’s Story

Ollie, a four-month-old grey tiger, was the lucky first cat to be adopted on opening day. The Dow family stopped in the new adoption center right near their home and fell in love.  Ollie had been living the life of a stray kitten on the streets of Watervliet. He was rescued and taken to brought to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Socitey on August 9. Nine days later, this sweet, playful kitten found his new forever home with Jennifer Dow and family. The Dow family’s daughter, Sarah, has already created a great bond with Ollie.

“Our partnership with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society allows us to promote pet adoptions and reduce pet homelessness in the local community,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to bring this Everyday Adoption Center model to the Capital Region in New York state; each of these adoption centers allows us to save, on average, more than 1,000 pets every year.”

“The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is proud to partner with PetSmart Charities. The Everyday Adoption Center will provide us the opportunity to bring pets to a whole new audience in our community,” said Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.  “We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to find additional homes for the homeless dogs and cats in our care.”

About the Facility:

The new Everyday Adoption Center in the Latham store will be open seven days a week during the store’s operating hours. 

Amenities include:

-        Kennels for adult dogs, puppies and small dogs

-        Cat adoption center

-        Play areas for dogs awaiting adoption

-        Meet‐and‐greet areas for prospective adopters and their families to get acquainted with the pet(s) they want to take home

The Everyday Adoption Center is part of a nationwide initiative from PetSmart Charities with the goal of saving more homeless pets. Since May 2010, PetSmart Charities has helped save more than 65,000 pets by opening similar adoption centers in 12 states.

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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