Potential Pet Parents Can Keep Pet Adoption Momentum Going by Helping

Local Pets in Need Find Loving Homes

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the help of nearly 4,000 animal welfare partners across North

America, PetSmart

Charities today announced they reached an unprecedented milestone of

8 million pet adoptions since 1994. Zeus, a playful black cat and the

lucky 8 millionth pet, was adopted by Heath Greenlee, a deputy sheriff

for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, through PetSmart

Charities’ in-store adoption program. Greenlee adopted Zeus following

the tragic loss of his family’s five-year-old cat, Felix. While Greenlee

gave him a loving home, Zeus returned the favor by offering him the

unconditional love and companionship he had been missing.

“I have always been a cat person, but when I spotted Zeus through the

window, it felt like this little guy reached out and chose me, filling

an emptiness in my heart that our family’s cat left when he passed

away,” said Greenlee, who adopted Zeus from the City

of Fort Worth Animal Care & Control-operated PetSmart Charities

Everyday Adoption Center in Fort Worth, Texas. “Every pet deserves an

opportunity for a good life and I’m so happy we could provide one for


Greenlee said Zeus’ affectionate hugs and playful demeanor have been a

welcome addition to his family, which includes his wife, Sandra, and

Scottish Corgi, Batman.

“Had I not opened my heart to adopting a pet, I would have passed up the

opportunity to adopt a great cat,” said Greenlee. “He’s only been with

us for a short time but we can’t imagine life without him.”

“We’ve found most pet parents can relate to leaning on their four-legged

companion for healing after a period of stress, fear or sadness,” said

David Haworth, DVM, PhD, president of PetSmart Charities. “Events like

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend provide an opportunity for

pets and pet parents in need to connect, open their hearts and rescue

one another.”

Prospective pet parents have an opportunity to adopt pets like Zeus by

visiting a local PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend event this


Warmer spring temperatures mark the beginning of kitten season in the

U.S.—a time when animal welfare organizations see a significant increase

in their intake of unplanned and homeless litters of kittens. While the

season can be challenging for shelters that must spay/neuter, vaccinate,

foster and care for more kittens than usual, kittens are most often

adopted within a week of an animal welfare organization bringing them

into an adoption center at a PetSmart store.

PetSmart and PetSmart Charities hope to find homes for as many kittens,

cats, dogs and other pets as possible by encouraging people to visit its

National Adoption Weekend events held at nearly all 1,600 PetSmart

stores across North America from May 18-20. With the help of thousands

of animal welfare organizations, the leading pet retailer and its

independent non-profit hope to find forever homes for more than 20,000

pets this weekend. Nearly half of the adoptable pets are expected to be

kittens or cats.

“While our mission is to find forever homes for all pets, at this time

of year, the need to find adoptive families for kittens and cats

increases exponentially,” says Dr. Haworth. “With the help of our nearly

4,000 animal welfare partners across the U.S. and Canada, it is our goal

to find homes for the cats, dogs and small animals that need it most.

Although we’ve reached the milestone of our 8 millionth pet adoption,

there are still so many pets in need of lifelong, loving homes and

families just like Zeus.”

PetSmart Charities’ May National Adoption Weekend:



May 18-20, 2018


Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (local time)


Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (local time)


Nearly all 1,600 PetSmart stores across North America

Visit www.petsmart.com
or www.petsmart.ca
to find the store nearest you

A Free Gift for Those Who Adopted:

When pet parents adopt a kitten, cat, dog or puppy, regardless of

whether the pet was adopted from a PetSmart store or a local animal

welfare organization, PetSmart offers a free Adoption Kit* that provides

important content to help integrate a new pet into the family. Click

here for more information about PetSmart’s Free Adoption Kit.

Adopting a Pet During National Adoption Weekend? Share it on Social!

Share your photos and stories with us! Upload them to www.petsmartcharities.org,

or share them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram tagging the handles

below and include the hashtag #iadopted.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: @PetSmartCharities


PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs


PetSmart Charities on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities

*Adoption papers are required.

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, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision

impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our

associates and how we give back to our communities. PetSmart employs

approximately 55,000 associates and operates more than 1,600 pet stores

in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200

in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. The

retailer provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and

products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet

boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, PetSmart

Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with more than 3,500

animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they

have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this

in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has

facilitated 8 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar

organization. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online

retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an

independent subsidiary.

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PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmart


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About PetSmart Charities®

Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for

all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people

and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all

PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities

helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter

pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to

nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of

support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive;

Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Providing Emergency

Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart

shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the

PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart

Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to

fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North

America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994.

Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3)

organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity

Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness,

accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in

a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this

organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: @PetSmartCharities


PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs


PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities


PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc


Golin for PetSmart

Sarah Huether, 469-680-2521



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