Fall head over paws for an adopted dog, cat, puppy or kitten during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, sponsored by PetSmart®, from September 14-16 at your neighborhood PetSmart store. Not only will you gain a loving companion, but you’ll also give a forever home to a deserving pet.

The event brings together more than 2,000 U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican local animal welfare organizations with a variety of adoptable pets in need of homes and a perfect match for you. Both purebreds and mixed breeds are available for adoption, as well as cats and dogs looking for their lifelong home.

“Adoption is one of the key ways to save pets and end pet homelessness, not to mention enrich our own lives with a loving companion,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, PetSmart Charities funds hundreds of adoption events and awareness programs each year that have helped find homes for more than 5 million pets.”

Animal-welfare organizations are on-site in all 1,250 PetSmart stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and will participate in National Adoption Weekend. These events are proudly sponsored by PetSmart, Purina® Pro Plan® and Tidy Cats® (MAXX Scoop® in Canada). Every adoption benefits participating local shelters and rescue agencies which receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt during the event.

“Working with PetSmart Charities, we are committed to helping save the lives of homeless pets by donating space in every store for pet adoptions,” said John Alpaugh, PetSmart’s chief marketing officer. “By offering training classes and a variety of products that help pet parents, we help these pets stay in happy, forever homes.”

How to Adopt

Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. To find the PetSmart store nearest you and to learn about the adoption center’s fees and guidelines, visit www.PetSmartCharities.org/adoption or call 1-877-473-8762.

All of PetSmart Charities’ programs are made possible through donations. You can contribute to programs that save lives by making a donation online, by email at gifts@petsmartcharities.org or by calling 623-587-2826. Your donation may be tax deductible.

Stay up-to-date on the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets by visiting www.PetSmartCharities.org and by following on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savehomelesspets.


Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of