Add Some Love to Your Home by Adopting a Shelter Pet; Save a Life and

Change Your Own

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PetSmart, PetSmart Charities and thousands of animal welfare partners

across the U.S. and Canada will have lots of love in store this

February. From February 16 – 18, adorable, adoptable pets will be

featured in nearly all PetSmart’s 1,600 plus stores in the U.S., Canada

and Puerto Rico for the first National Adoption Weekend of 2018.

PetSmart Charities and its adoption partners hope to find forever homes

for more than 25,000 pets during the event.

“Watching a family fall in love with the perfect pet is one of the most

heart-warming things you’ll see,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and

president of PetSmart Charities. “And while adopters are most certainly

saving and enhancing the lives of shelter pets, the human-animal bond is

a mutually beneficial relationship. Recent research shows that pets

bring their fair share of benefits to the lives of their new pet

parents, too.”

A 2017 survey commissioned by PetSmart

Charities and conducted by Wakefield Research found ninety-three

percent of pet parents said they had experienced at least one health

benefit from their pet. The benefits range from increased physical

activity and weight loss to improved mood and decreased stress. The same

survey showed when respondents were asked who would be more helpful to

them when facing a difficult time in their lives, their pet or a

therapist, seventy-nine percent of respondents selected their pet.

The Simatos family in North Michigan would most certainly agree. In

January 2018, they adopted a dog named Sophie from the Humane Society of

West Michigan, which is one of PetSmart Charities’ adoption partners.

Sophie was unique in that she was the first dog the local Humane Society

had seen with a cleft lip and palate. While some may have thought her

cleft lip and palate would make Sophie harder to adopt, to Alicia

Simatos and her young family, it only made her more perfect.

“As soon as we saw Sophie, we instantly fell in love with her. We have a

young son, MJ, who was born with a cleft lip and palate…just like

Sophie. From Sophie’s gentle disposition and their shared experience, we

knew that she and our son would be kindred spirits. We can’t express the

amount of comfort and unconditional love she has brought to our lives,

and how much confidence she has given our son,” said Simatos. “Sophie

reminds us all of what love truly means.”

Sophie’s ability to bring smiles to just about everyone she meets has

earned her a new position as the office therapy dog at the Cleft Lip &

Palate Foundation of Smiles in Michigan.

Bring Love Home this National Adoption Weekend

Shelter pets of all ages, types and sizes will be looking for love and

hoping to find their forever home at PetSmart Charities’ February

National Adoption Weekend. From February 16 – 18, more than 3,500 animal

welfare organizations will bring adoptable pets into nearly all of

PetSmart’s 1,600-plus stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with

the goal of finding homes for more than 25,000 pets during the weekend

adoption event.

Looking for A Different Way to Show Your Love of Pets?

Every PetSmart store will be collecting pet food donations at the

check-out that will be provided to local shelters and PetSmart

Charities’ adoption partners following National Adoption Weekend. So

even if you’re not ready to adopt a pet, you can still help a pet in

need.


 


National Adoption Weekend Details:



 


Date:



 

 

 

Friday, February 16 – Sunday, February 18, 2018


Time:






Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
local time


Location:






Nearly every PetSmart store across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.






Visit www.petsmart.com
to find a store near you.



 

A Free Gift for Those Who Adopt:

Regardless of which type of pet you choose to adopt, or where you

adopted, PetSmart offers a free Adoption Kit* that provides important

content that helps to integrate a new pet into the family. Click

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

*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. We employ

approximately 55,000 associates, operate 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. PetSmart provides

a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as

pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding,

PetSmart™ Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with

non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada,

invite 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 more than 7.6 million adoptions – more

than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of

digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.com, petMD.com,

Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps

potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home,

family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger

and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers

the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in

the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its

Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or

dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart donated a meal to

pets in need and beat its goal of 60 million meals with more than 63

million meals generated through this leading philanthropic program. 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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About PetSmart Charities®

Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a

mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting

programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In

addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year

through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the

U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits

aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant

support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive;

Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and 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 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the

leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300

million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has

received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent

organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and

transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row – placing it

among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To

learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:

Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission

to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and

thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to

finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its

in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of

Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission

through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness;

Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and

Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of

generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart

Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside

PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents

of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal

welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart

Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada and is independent

from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

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