From the moment the first PetSmart opened its doors twenty-five years ago, our organization has held firm in its stance never to sell cats or dogs. With so many healthy, adorable pets in shelters awaiting the chance to find a loving home and family, PetSmart allocates valuable square-footage in every store to offer local pet shelters the chance to feature adoptable pets. A quarter of a century and 8.5 million pet adoptions later, this legacy continues.
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of bringing people and pets together. Since 1994, the leading funder of animal welfare has partnered with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues to find loving homes for more than 8.5 million shelter pets. In addition, the nonprofit has granted over $400 million to help reduce pet homelessness, fund pet therapy programs and help keep people and the pets they love together during times of crisis.
“When we embarked on this journey to help pets in need in 1994, we estimated that tens of millions of pets were entering the shelter system every single year,” says Deborah Turcott, Acting President, PetSmart Charities. “Through focused efforts on spay and neuter programs and the growing popularity of pet adoption, we’ve seen a steady decline in the number of homeless pets in our country. Today, approximately 3.6 million pets enter shelters annually. That’s remarkable progress and it’s something we’re proud to have supported—both through our strategic grant-making and our pet adoption efforts.”
But PetSmart Charities’ success in pet adoptions is just one part of the story. Thanks to the generous donations PetSmart shoppers make at the PIN-Pads in PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities has granted more than $400 million over the past 25 years to animal welfare organizations and other nonprofits that support pets and pet parents. That grant funding helps shelter pets to thrive, and supports spay and neuter programs that humanely control and reduce pet homelessness. It also expands the size and scope of pet therapy programs that bring the healing power of pets to young patients in hospitals across the continent.
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"Millions of customers have entrusted our organization with their philanthropy, and in turn, we have ensured more than 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards achieving our mission. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, I hope PetSmart shoppers will share a sense of great pride in knowing they have made a difference in the lives of pets and pet parents across North America thanks in large part to the donations we receive from our customers each and every day —and together, we’ll continue to make a difference for decades to come."