Adoption Programs

Each year, more than 500,000 homeless cats and dogs meet their adoptive families at a PetSmart® store.


It all started in 1988, when Jim and Janice Dougherty founded PetSmart, Inc. They didn't want to contribute to pet overpopulation, so they decided not to sell pets. Instead, in 1994, the Doughertys created PetSmart Charities®, a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.

Today, more than 3,000 animal welfare groups connect people with adoptable pets in each of the more than 1,450 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Together, we've helped more than 7 million pets find their forever homes. You can join us by becoming an In-Store Adoption Partner.

As a PetSmart Charities In-Store Adoption Partner, you'll receive:

  • Rent-free space to showcase your adoptable pets.
  • A grant of $10 for each pet adopted through our in-store adoption program.
  • The opportunity to participate in four National Adoption Weekends.
  • Food, litter and maintenance supplies to use in the store.
  • Help with cleaning, maintenance and making adoptions at some stores.
  • Eligibility to apply for exclusive adoption event grants to increase lives saved.

To learn more about becoming a partner with PetSmart Charities' national in-store adoption program, please contact the Store Manager at your local PetSmart store and apply now!

Help every pet find a lifelong, loving home


PetSmart Charities 2015 Adoption Sponsor Logos