Nearly 27,000 shelter pets found their forever homes at PetSmart Charities’ November National Adoption Weekend, held at PetSmart stores across North America November 10-12—making it the most successful November National Adoption Weekend since PetSmart began its in-store adoption program in 1994 and its second-best to date.
While often referred to as National Adoption “Weekend,” the adoption efforts spanned the entire week of November 6-12, with the vast majority of pets (approximately 90 percent) being adopted Friday through Sunday. A grand total of 26,823 lives were saved—representing a 17 percent increase over the previous November event.
“We are thrilled that 26,823 found their forever homes this past weekend,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “At PetSmart Charities, one of the ways we support the bond between people and pets is by hosting our signature National Adoption Weekend events. Our mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets and keep pets and people together could not be achieved without the support of PetSmart stores, the work of our dedicated partners in animal welfare—some 3,500 across North America—and the compassion of tens of thousands of pet parents who decide to open their hearts and their homes to these deserving pets this past weekend.”
Held four times a year in February, May, September and November, National Adoption Weekend events showcase adoptable pets in nearly every PetSmart store in the United States and Canada and usually feature several adoption organizations at each store location. On average, more than 25,000 pets find forever homes at PetSmart-PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, and the event held this past September, where more than 30,000 pets found forever homes, was the most successful event in the retailer’s history.
The next PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend will be held on February 16-18, 2018.