Adoption Centers Help Homeless Pets Find Forever Homes

High-traffic showcases for dogs and cats boost adoptions

Photo of cat adopted in storeIn her young kitty life, Lucy had already made the rounds at 3 animal shelters. But luck was on her side when she landed at a PetSmart Charities™ Cat Adoption Center. It took only a few days before Liz D. whisked the sleek black and white cutie home.

Now, Lucy spends her days happily playing with her favorite toy: drinking straws. One straw lasts for days before it’s chewed to pieces. But, toys are no match for the call of bedtime. As soon as the lights go out, Lucy fills the room with loud, contented purrs.

Lucy has lots of friends who need homes, too. Find a great pet at our adoption centers in more than 1,600 PetSmartTM stores. It’s part of our commitment to finding a lifelong, loving home for every pet.

More than 6 million pets have already found their adoptive families through PetSmart Charities. That’s 1 out of every 10 pet adoptions in North America.

“That’s the one for me”

When Jim and Janice Dougherty opened PetSmart, Inc. in 1988, they didn't want their company 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, PetSmart Charities works with nearly 3,700 animal welfare groups throughout North America. Partners get space to showcase healthy, adoptable pets in high foot-traffic areas while freeing up space at their shelters.

PetSmart Charities helps more pets find homes with 2 types of adoption centers: Cat Adoption Centers and Everyday Adoption Centers.

PetSmart Charities Cat Adoption Centers 

Every PetSmart store hosts a Cat Adoption Center. Our animal welfare partners coordinate daily care of the cats, as well as veterinary care, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. In 2017 alone, 138,000 cats found their adoptive families.

PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Centers

We make the search for new forever friends easy at Everyday Adoption Centers. The centers are located inside more than a dozen PetSmart stores around the country. Dogs and cats get lots of visitors hoping for that “aha” moment when they find the pet who is just right for them. Pets get lots of attention at the Everyday Adoption Centers. There is room for supervised play, along with special meet-and-greet areas for visits with potential adopters. Our Everyday Adoption Centers are part of a nationwide initiative to save more homeless pets. Since May 2010, PetSmart Charities has helped save more than 30,000 pets by opening Everyday Adoption Centers in more than 15 locations across the United States.

More than 500,000 homeless pets find their forever homes every year through PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers and events.

Together, we can find a lifelong,

loving home for every pet.


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