A total of 25,522 pets found their forever homes last week during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend event held at more than 1,470 PetSmart stores across North America – setting a new event record with the most pets adopted at these national events since they were initiated by the retailer and PetSmart Charities more than two decades ago.
This news is on the heels of the organizations’ seven millionth pet adoption milestone, which they started celebrating last week. The lucky seven millionth adopted pet is Daisy, a Fox Terrier-Foxhound mix puppy, who was adopted out of a PetSmart store in Staten Island by the McKenzie family. Daisy serves as the seven millionth pet adopted at a PetSmart store since the in-store adoption program began in the late ‘90s.
Pet adoptions take place at PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekends, as well as every day at PetSmart – where for every 30 seconds a PetSmart store is open a pet’s life is saved, totaling about 1,400 pets’ lives saved every day.
Approximately 25,522 pets were adopted through the event last week (Monday – Sunday), beating the event record by nearly 500 pets and representing a 23 percent increase over last year’s September adoption event.
These signature National Adoption Weekend events at PetSmart are conducted in collaboration with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada and adoption partners – more than 3,000 local animal welfare organizations that bring the adoptable pets into stores, where people save pets and pets save people. While called PetSmart Charities National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts span the week, with the majority of the pets – nearly 23,000 – adopted between Friday and Sunday, when many stores host large parking lot tent events with their local adoption partners to connect adoptable pets with their forever families.
“We are thrilled to celebrate our seven millionth pet adoption and this record-breaking National Adoption Weekend, where more than 25,500 pets found their forever homes this past week in our stores,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Our National Adoption Weekend events are highly coordinated efforts involving nearly all aspects of our company, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada and thousands of local animal welfare partners. From setting up tents and preparing stores to serve as adoption centers to coordinating with our local partners, we couldn’t be more proud of the collaborative efforts that resulted in our recent adoption successes – together we have saved more than seven million lives in total and more than 25,500 in just one week.”
As a gift to those that adopt and save a life, PetSmart gives its free Adoption Kit, which provides advice on how to integrate a pet into the family and true value – with more than $400 in real savings – to the adoption parent. Included are coupons for a free bag of dog or cat food from Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™, as well as a free veterinarian visit, a free training session with an accredited trainer, a free Doggie Day Camp session and a free overnight boarding stay, as well as half-off on two grooming services. Also included are savings on all the essentials for a new pet including beds, crates, gates, brushes, feeding bowls, collars, leashes, toys and treats, as well as solutions like pet calming products and stain and odor remedies for the mishaps that are sure to occur.
The PetSmart Adoption Kit is industry-leading and available to anybody who adopts, no matter where they adopt* – at PetSmart, a shelter, community event, or even another retailer. On average PetSmart is handing out about 10,000 free Adoption Kits every week.
*Adoption papers required.
Top 10 Most Adoption-Friendly Cities
PetSmart and PetSmart Charities congratulate Fort Worth, which adopted out the most pets in the U.S. during the week-long event. The Fort Worth area’s local adoption partners helped find lifelong, loving homes for 269 cats and dogs.
Based on PetSmart Charities’ September National Adoption Weekend data, the top 10 cities with the most pet adoptions are:
- Fort Worth, Texas (269 adoptions)
- Chattanooga, Tennessee (265 adoptions)
- Columbia, Maryland (246 adoptions)
- Albuquerque, New Mexico (243 adoptions)
- Houston, Texas (243 adoptions)
- Cincinnati, Ohio (188 adoptions)
- San Antonio, Texas (182 adoptions)
- Dallas, Texas (174 adoptions)
- Terre Haute, Indiana (158 adoptions)
- Tucson, Arizona (145 adoptions)
The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held November 11-13 with adoptable pets also available every day at stores. If you’re looking to add a pet to your home, consider saving a life by adopting. Visit or call your local store for more information on adoptable pets or visit www.petsmartcharities.org for more information.
Pet parents everywhere are invited to share their own pet’s adoption story on Instagram or Twitter using #iadopted for a chance to be featured on a special adoption story wall at www.petsmart.com and www.petsmartcharities.org. So far, more than 1,500 posted on the #iadopted story wall. Go to petsmart.com/iadopted and petsmartcharities.org/iadopted to see the stories.