- What We Do
- Our Impact
- Adopt a Pet
- Celebrate Your Pet
- Save Pets Now
Abandoned by the side of the road. Rescued from puppy mills. Orphaned by storms. No matter where they are, all homeless pets have one thing in common: they just want a family to call their own.
Every year, an estimated 7 million pets enter U.S. shelters. Nearly 3 million never find homes.
Jim and Janice Dougherty, the founders of PetSmart®, were all too familiar with these statistics. So, in 1994, the Doughertys created PetSmart Charities® as a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.
Today, PetSmart Charities’ goal is to end pet homelessness for good. We’ve helped more than 6 million pets find forever homes. That’s 1 out of every 10 adoptions in North America.
Here’s how we do it:
What is success?
PetSmart Charities’ goal is to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet.
We find homes for more than 400,000 pets every year. With millions of pets still in need of homes, we continue to find new ways to reduce the homeless pet population.
There’s another important number to consider, but it’s impossible to add up. Every story from someone who has adopted through PetSmart Charities celebrates the love that pets bring to their families. That’s the real measure of success.
When you adopt, you save a pet’s life and enrich your own.