Thousands of Adoptable Pets Seek a Home for the Holidays and Beyond

Give the Gift of Love by Celebrating PetSmart Charities™ National
Adoption Weekend in all PetSmart® Stores, November 13-15

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The holidays remind us of the things we’re thankful for, and for those
with adopted pets, their furry friends top the list. If you’re looking
to adopt this holiday season, you’re in luck: thousands of loving pets
are waiting to find a forever home during PetSmart Charities National
Adoption Weekend, Nov. 13-15 – just in time for the holidays – at more
than 1,400 PetSmart stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.


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More than 3,000 local adoption partners work with PetSmart Charities,
along with PetSmart’s support, to help potential adopters find their
perfect match and give adopted pets their own “Gotcha Day” – the day
they find their forever homes.

“As the season approaches, we all are thinking about ways to make this
holiday season memorable, full and rich and saving a life by adopting a
pet is a fabulous way to celebrate the wonder of the season,” said Eran
Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “We are proud to
help pet parents at every step of the process – from finding their new
pet during our National Adoption Weekend to serving as a trusted partner
as families transition and welcome the pets into the home.”

To help adopters make an easy transition into the home with their newly
adopted pet this holiday season, PetSmart has developed the top five
helpful tips.

  1. Give your pet a safe space: The holidays are a social time of
    year, but not all visits are welcome for pets just learning their way
    around a new home. When you’re expecting visitors, your pet may be
    happier and safer in a space of his or her own. Make sure to leave
    treats, toys and other activities with your pet to keep him or her
    occupied and engaged. It’s best to monitor your pet when providing
    certain toys for their chewing pleasure.
  2. Watch out for holiday décor: The festive accents of the season
    are beautiful, but that very attraction can be dangerous for pets.
    Keep an eye out for how your new pet reacts to your holiday
    decorations and adjust accordingly. Some décor can be placed high up
    out of pets reach, and be extra careful with candles or other open
    flames. Also, remember that some plants often used as holiday décor
    can have leaves, berries or sap that are dangerous for pets, so it is
    best to opt for artificial versions when pets are being introduced
    into the home for the first time.
  3. Consider holiday treats: Sweet treats are hard to resist during
    the holidays, and those aromas are just as appealing to pets.
    Unfortunately, many holiday treats are not safe for pets so be sure
    you’re taking extra precaution not to leave out human treats your pet
    could eat (or reach) by accident. Consider stocking up on pet-friendly
    treats so that you can offer pets something festive during the season.
  4. Be on the look-out for colder temperatures: In many areas of
    the country, winter is just weeks away. Make sure you’re monitoring
    your new pet’s time outside and on walks so he or she does not get too
    cold.
  5. Maintain a routine: It’s important to maintain a routine for
    new pets, especially during the holidays when there are plenty of
    family gatherings and celebrations. A routine will help reinforce good
    behavior around potty training, meal time and bedtime.

A Gift for Giving the Greatest Gift

People adopting pets – at PetSmart or elsewhere — can receive
PetSmart’s free Adoption Starter Kit, offered every day at stores and
featuring additional tips for caring for a new cat or dog, and a range
of coupons valued at $400 in savings. The coupons cover everything a new
pet parent needs including beds, bowls, collars, leashes, free one-time
services such as veterinarian, PetsHotel® boarding, training and Doggie
Day Camp, as well as a free bag of dog or cat food under the brands
Simply Nourish™, Authority® or Good Natured™ — which are proud sponsors
of PetSmart Charities. These food brands also give back by donating more
than 200 tons of food every year to help pets in need.

How to Give a Forever Home for the Holidays

Where:   PetSmart Charities Adoption Centers or designated adoption areas in
PetSmart stores
When: Fri., Nov. 13 and Sat., Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Contact:

Find the PetSmart store nearest you at http://pets.petsmart.com/adoptions/
or call 1-877-473-8762.

Share: Use #adoptlove and #gotchaday to share pictures of your newly
adopted pets!

Adopt a Pet, Save a Life

Each year about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and
some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. To help, PetSmart
teams up with PetSmart Charities to run National Adoption Weekends four
times a year. On average, some 15,000 pets find forever homes during
these weekend events. And, more than 6 million pets have found homes
through PetSmart Charities adoption programs since 1994. PetSmart
Charities and PetSmart help save more than 1,000 pets a day with one pet
adopted every minute a PetSmart store is open.

As a nonprofit, PetSmart Charities depends on donations to offer special
events like this one. A donation of just $25 helps save a pet’s life
through adoption. You can donate
online
 or via phone at 1-800-745-9460.

Join the Conversation

You can follow PetSmart Charities and PetSmart on Facebook throughout
National Adoption Weekend at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
and www.facebook.com/PetSmart.
Pet parents are invited to post photos of their newly adopted pets using
#adoptlove and #gotchaday, and tag @PetSmart on Facebook, Twitter and
Instagram to share their news and to support this lifesaving event.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart,
Inc.
is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions
for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we
believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection,
PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their
pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts
everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates,
and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000
associates, operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart®
PetsHotel®
dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a
broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers
dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day Camp
TM day care services and pet adoption
services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents –
including PetSmart.com,
PetFoodDirect.com,
Pet360.com,
OnlyNaturalPet.com
and petMD.com
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart
Charities™
and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save
the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition,
PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to
call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart
Gives Back
™. By giving back to the communities where we live and
work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich
people’s lives—we live it.

About PetSmart Charities™

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that
saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 450,000 dogs and cats find
homes each year through our adoption program in 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, independent from PetSmart, Inc.

Contacts

Golin for PetSmart Inc.:
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
or
Golin
for PetSmart Charities:
Jennifer Kepler, 972-341-2552
jkepler@golin.com
or
PetSmart
Media Line:
623-587-2177