20,000 dogs and cats found forever homes through PetSmart’s National Adoption Week initiative in September

Annual Adoption Effort up 12 Percent, On Track to Help Find Forever Homes for Nearly Half a Million Pets in 2015

PHOENIX, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through its National Adoption Week initiatives in 2015, PetSmart said it is expecting to help save the lives of nearly 500,000 pets in 2015 and that its Sept. week-long event resulted in more than 20,000 dogs and cats finding their forever homes.

Pet adoption is fun, enriching and most importantly, lifesaving. Each year about seven million pets enter shelters across North America and some three million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To help, PetSmart teams up with PetSmart Charities and thousands of local animal welfare organizations and shelters to run National Adoption Weeks, which have proven to be one of the most effective ways to save pets’ lives. With a combined focus on adoption, six million pets have found homes since 1994.

“Together with PetSmart Charities, we are proud to collaborate with shelter partners in communities throughout North America in our mission to end pet homelessness,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We are thrilled by the ongoing success of our National Adoption Week events and are tremendously proud of our role in this important
cause — for every minute a PetSmart store is open, a pet is adopted, with more than 1,000 pets adopted per day through our store chain.”

PetSmart also helps pet parents in the transition when adopting a new pet by offering its free Adoption Starter Kit. The kit is a gift to pet parents who adopt because they have given a great gift as well – a home to a homeless pet. The kit is offered every day at stores to people who have adopted a pet whether at PetSmart or elsewhere. New pet parents simply show their adoption papers to receive the Adoption Starter Kit, which features tips for caring for a new cat or dog and a range of coupons valued at $400 in savings. The coupons cover everything a new pet parent needs including items like beds, bowls, collars and leashes, as well as free one-time services such as a veterinarian visit, training, PetsHotel® boarding and Doggie Day Camp™ and a free bag of dog or cat food under the brands Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™. These pet food brands also give back by donating more than 200 tons of food every year to help pets in need.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding,PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – includingPetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com andpetMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people’s lives—we live it.

About PetSmart Charities™
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that helps save the lives of homeless pets. More than 450,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. The nonprofit also funds spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. Averaging about $30 million each year, PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.

Contacts:

Golin for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann
dbickelmann@golin.com
972-341-2503

Golin for PetSmart Charities:
Jennifer Kepler
jkepler@golin.com
972-341-2552

PetSmart Media Line:
623-587-2177