Contest: Nicholas Sparks to feature fan’s adopted pet in upcoming book – PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, November 14-16

Make Your Own Love Story at PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Weekend, November 14-16

Win the chance to have your adopted pet named in an upcoming Nicholas Sparks novel


Are you ready to fall head over paws for an adopted pet? PetSmart Charities November National Adoption Weekend may be the perfect time to do so, happening Nov. 14-16 at all 1,300 PetSmart® stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

More than 2,000 animal welfare organizations will be on-site at every PetSmart store during the weekend-long event to help you find the perfect dog, cat, puppy or kitten.

How to Adopt

Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. To find the PetSmart store nearest you, visit or call 1-877-473-8762. National Adoption Weekends are sponsored by PetSmart, Purina® Pro Plan®and Tidy Cats®.

Celebrating Adopted Pet Love Stories

PetSmart Charities has teamed up with Nicholas Sparks, a pet parent, pet adoption advocate and best-selling author of The NotebookThe Best of Me and The Longest Ride to celebrate both the newly formed bonds from National Adoption Weekend and also pet parents everywhere who have chosen to adopt.

Pet parents are invited to submit their pet’s adoption story and tell Sparks about the impact their adopted pet has made on their life.Sparks will select the most heartwarming pet adoption story and the lucky winner’s adopted pet will be named in one of his upcoming novels.

“Teaming up with Nicholas Sparks to promote pet adoption and celebrate the love our adopted pets give us is a natural fit,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities. “Nicholas is a huge pet adoption advocate and even includes pets in many of his novels.” The winning story will also be featured on Sparks’s website, along with an introduction by the author.

How to Enter

Tell us why you fell in love with your adopted pet and how they’ve made your life complete by submitting your pet’s adoption story and photo to the “Fall into a Nicholas Sparks Love Story Contest” by visiting this link. Key contest dates:

  • November 3 – December 14, 2014: Online submission period
  • January 12, 2015: Winner announced


PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.