The nonprofit celebrates the millions of families created and invites pet parents to share their adoption stories on TikTok
PHOENIX, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — PetSmart Charities, the nation’s leading funder of animal welfare, has reached the 10 millionth pet adoption milestone since its launch in 1994. Working with more than 2,500 animal welfare partners in Everyday adoption centers at PetSmart retail stores and hosting annual National Adoption Week events, this milestone honors the millions of people who save lives through adoption. In the past five years alone, PetSmart Charities has granted $75.6 million to fund services such as transportation, prevention and medical care that help adoptable animals find new homes.
PetSmart Charities facilitates approximately half a million adoptions each year thanks to PetSmart and the generous donors who donate. The majority of funds granted by PetSmart Charities come from donations made at PetSmart records or online. In fact, over 70% of donations come directly from pet owners who buy from PetSmart. Every donation supports local animal welfare organizations and other nonprofits that improve the lives of pets and the people who love them.
“For us, this milestone represents a perfect time to reflect on so many stories of unconditional love that have brought us here,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “This moment has been brought to us by everyone who has donated in stores, online or through estate plans. We are grateful for the generosity of those who support our work – and those who opened their hearts and their home to animals in need. As most people find it is pets that ultimately save their people.”
The 10 millionth adoption and celebration
The 10 millionth pet has been adopted by the Texas-the De La Rosa family, who spontaneously stopped by the National Adoption Weekend event at their local PetSmart in Harlingen just “watch”. They came across a shy and gentle husky. The volunteers explained that he came to their shelter with deep gashes in his neck, the result of an encrusted collar after enduring a life of neglect. The whole family fell in love with the husky, which they later named Balto.
To celebrate Balto and every adoption that counted towards the 10 millionth milestone, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities launched a 1 in 10 million TikTok challenge. Pet parents are encouraged to post videos on TikTok to share their pet adoption story and detail how their pets rescued them in return. Users are encouraged to add the hashtag #10MillionAdoptions and set their stories to PetSmart’s soundtrack of “Who Rescued Who,” by The Lion Tones.
Urgent needs continue
Today, more than 70% of American homes include pets. While the pandemic has spurred demand for adoptable pets, nearly five million lost, abandoned or abused animals continue to come to shelters each year.
During busy summer seasons, shelters will be overflowing with pets in need of a loving home. PetSmart Charities encourages people to consider adopting particularly high-risk animals, including large dogs, older cats and dogs, and kittens. Staffing shortages in shelters have only increased the urgent need to adopt.
ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES
PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and everyone who loves them. Through its in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Porto Rico, PetSmart Charities has helped connect nearly 10 million pets to loving homes. PetSmart Charities also provides grants to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. PetSmart Charities grants and efforts connect pets to loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care, and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter, and disaster relief. Each year, millions of generous donors help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, when shopping at PetSmart.com, and using PIN pads at cash registers at PetSmart stores. . In turn, PetSmart Charities effectively uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North Americagiving more $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent of PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 consecutive years, placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To find out more visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.
PetSmart LLC is the largest retailer of specialty pet services and solutions for the lifelong needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets and believe that pets make us better people. Every day, with every connection, the passionate associates of PetSmart help bring pet owners closer to their pets so they can, together, live more fulfilling lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, how we support our associates and how we give back to our communities.
PetSmart operates approximately 1,660 pet stores in United States, Canada and Porto Rico, plus over 200 PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding in store. The retailer offers a wide range of pet foods and products at competitive prices, 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 working with nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets to stores so they have the best possible chance of finding forever homes. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated 10 million adoptions, more than any other physical organization.
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