BURLINGTON, ON. Nov. 3, 2020 – While the coronavirus pandemic has brought its share of challenges to animal welfare, it also brought to light the number of homeless pets living in animal shelters across our communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people have made the decision to welcome a pet into their home, and in September, the PetSmart Charities of Canada National Adoption Days event saw over 1,300 pets find loving homes. One of the country’s foremost funders of animal welfare is aiming to help even more homeless pets find homes before the holidays, Nov. 2 – 22.
The November event will offer a virtual component to help prospective pet parents jumpstart their adoption journey from the comfort of their homes. At petsmartcharities.ca/adopt-a-pet, users can search by postal code and view thousands of adoptable animals from more than 185 animal welfare organizations across the country.
Users can customize their search to include whether they are seeking a cat or dog and their desired age, breed, color, size, etc. Once users find a pet they are interested in, they can learn more about them and schedule meet-and-greets with adoption partners – before visiting their local PetSmart® to finalize the adoption process.
Searches will result in pets like Safiya Ace, a 1- year-old brown tabby cat who loves to cuddle who is available for adoption with Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue in the Calgary Trail PetSmart store in Alberta, and Aerolite, a 2-year-old cat found living on the streets that now loves attention, who is available for adoption with Toronto Cat Rescue in the Cambridge PetSmart store in Ontario.
Ahead of the holiday season, PetSmart is ensuring pets who find their forever homes are ready for life with their new pet parents by providing a free adoption kit worth over $300 in savings for all the supplies they may need, including a coupon for a free bag of dog or cat food.
“Now is a great time to adopt a shelter pet in need of a home,” said Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM and senior manager of veterinary outreach at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “New pets will need an adjustment period and bringing home a new furry family member now allows them to acclimate to their new environment before the busy holiday season, and best of all, gives a deserving pet a loving home for the holidays.”
Those who aren't ready to adopt a pet can still help pets in need by donating food and supplies to local drives held in participating PetSmart stores, or by making a financial donation online through PetSmart Charities of Canada.
PetSmart Charities of Canada National Adoption Days Details:
Dates: Nov. 2 – 22, 2020
Locations: Nearly every PetSmart store across Canada. Visit www.petsmart.ca/adoptions to find a store near you.
- Visit petsmartcharities.ca/adopt-a-pet to search adoptable shelter pets by zip code from local adoption organizations
- Browse available pets or specify the breed, color, gender, age, etc. of the desired pet
- Request more information from local adoption partners and schedule a virtual meet and greet
- Visit your nearest PetSmart store and finalize your adoption
About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:
PetSmart® Charities of Canada is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Each year, more than 500,000 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 of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $21.7 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.ca
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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 operates approximately 1,650 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 nearly 4,000 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 9 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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