PetSmart-Sponsored Dog-Friendly Facilities at D-backs’ Ballpark to Include Dog Adoptions at 13 Home Games with Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League and HALO
PHOENIX, 2016-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — In partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks, PetSmart and three Phoenix-based animal welfare organizations – Arizona Humane Society, Arizona Animal Welfare League and HALO Animal Rescue – are helping make Chase Field the first Major League Baseball stadium in the U.S. to offer a season-long dog adoption program.
As part of the PetSmart-D-backs’ Dog Days of Summer program launching April 10 at Chase Field, adoptable dogs will be available at 13 Sunday home games in The Adopt Spot by PetSmart facility. This new adoption center is part of the innovative dog-friendly amenities at the ballpark that also include the PetSmart Patio and PetSmart Park where dog-loving fans can enjoy America’s favorite pastime with their best friend or expand their families through adoption.
For each of the 13 games, The Adopt Spot by PetSmart adoption center will be staffed by one of three local animal welfare organizations beginning with the Arizona Humane Society on April 10.
“When we were concepting the dog-friendly facilities at Chase Field with our D-backs partners, we knew that adoptions just had to be part of this first-ever program,” said Eran Cohen, Chief Customer Experience Officer, PetSmart. “We are pleased to launch The Adopt Spot by PetSmart at Chase Field and to announce our local adoption partners in this unprecedented program. Together we can drive awareness around the importance of adoption during these dog-friendly home game events and help find lots of dogs their forever homes.”
Upon adoption, dogs can be immediately taken home from Chase Field by their new pet parents. Free D-backs-branded leashes will be available, as well as the PetSmart Adoption Kit, which provides guidance and tips on transitioning a new pet into the home and offers free one-time services for training, veterinarian and Doggie Day Camp for socialization. The kit also includes a coupon for a free bag of dog food and additional discount offers on everything a new pet parent needs including beds, bowls, collars and leashes ($400 total value).
The adoption partners will also each receive a grant from PetSmart Charities to assist with adoption preparations and event expenses.
“We are thrilled to partner with PetSmart on this exciting new opportunity,” said Bretta Nelson, spokesperson for the Arizona Humane Society, the first to run The Adopt Spot by PetSmart at Chase Field on April 10. “Adoptions can happen anywhere – at a shelter, a store, a community event and now a ballpark! We are grateful for this unique opportunity to raise awareness and help save more dogs’ lives through adoption.”
PetSmart Patio and PetSmart Park
Last month, PetSmart and the D-backs announced their new partnership for the PetSmart Patio, PetSmart Park and The Adopt Spot by PetSmart, making Chase Field the first season-long dog-friendly ballpark in the U.S. Beginning April 10, at the first home game when the D-backs take on the Chicago Cubs, pet parents will be able to enjoy Sunday homes games with their best friends on the PetSmart Patio, offering exclusive seating above left-center field, where concessions include dog-friendly ice cream with kibble topping and free items like a baseball mitt-shaped dog bed where dogs can curl up, a water bowl and other dog goodies courtesy of PetSmart. Directly behind thePetSmart Patio will be the PetSmart Park – an outdoor and indoor (air conditioned) dog park so even in the heat of the summer dogs can run around and play. The outdoor park will feature a baseball diamond and a grassy outfield – perfect for dogs to explore, play ball with other dogs or find their perfect “spot” to go to the bathroom.
Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To help end pet homelessness and save lives, PetSmart joins PetSmart Charities, PetSmart Charities of Canada and nearly 3,000 local animal welfare organizations across North America on a range of powerful adoption events in PetSmart stores – and now also at The Adopt Spot by PetSmart at Chase Field. Four times each year, PetSmart also highlights the adoption program through National Adoption Weekends where more than 20,000 pets find lifelong, loving homes in a single weekend. Last year, through all the combined adoption efforts at PetSmart stores, two pets were adopted every minute a store was open and about 1,400 pets’ lives were saved every day. PetSmart’s next National Adoption Weekend is May 13-15, including the May 15 Dog Days of Summer home game, where the Arizona Humane Society will be adopting out dogs at The Adopt Spot by PetSmart at Chase Field.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the D-backs’ Dog Days of Summer visit www.Dbacks.com/dogdays or call 602.462.4600.
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 – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.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.