Thankful Thursday: Big Helping Small


Adopt cats, we deserve it!

I am so thankful when the big helps the small.  Today I’m talking about PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities®, a big corporation that does big things for the small among us.  The PetSmart® In-Store Adoption Centers recently celebrated the adoption of their 5,000,000th pet.  We at Brian’s Home contributed to that number as Sascha, Gracie, Zoe and I all came from a PetSmart® In-Store Adoption Center operated with the assistance of Kitten Action Team.

Here is the press release I received on Tuesday, read it and smile.  I know Dodge and his family are sure smiling!

PetSmart Charities® today announces it has reached a milestone by helping to save 5 million petsfrom their in-store adoption centers with the adoption of Dodge, a 5-year-old Siberian husky. Not only did Dodge find his forever home with the Little family of Lake Worth, Fla., but he is the 5 millionth pet to be saved through PetSmart Charities’ Adoption Centers located inside PetSmart® stores throughout North America since the organization was founded in 1994.

Dodge and His Family

Dodge was turned in to the Save-a-Dog, Save-a-Cat Animal Rescue of Lake Worth, Fla., by his former family that had a young child with medical issues and could no longer care for him. Hoping to find him a perfect match, Dodge was taken to a PetSmart Charities adoption event in Boynton Beach, Fla.

George Little, a retired U.S. Marine and “Husky aficionado,” saw Dodge and immediately fell in love. George, his fiancé, Tracy, and their children, Gregory and Kennedy, welcomed Dodge to their family with open arms.

 “Since childhood, I’ve always loved this breed,” George said. “It was something about their color and eyes that just got me. I am so excited to have Dodge as the newest member of our family.”

George and his family have volunteered for animal rescue groups in the past and are very aware of the issue of pet homelessness and of the importance of pet adoption.

This year in North America, about 8 million pets will end up in shelters. Half of these pets – or about 11,000 adoptable pets every day – will be euthanized. Through simple actions like donating, adopting, and sharing your story with others, you can be part of the solution to end pet homelessness.

“We’re grateful for the Little family for helping PetSmart Charities reach an important milestone through their adoption, as well as everyone who chooses to adopt through our in-store adoption centers,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. “While 5 million lives saved is an important victory, there are still millions more pets that need homes.”

The Little family received pet parent perks to mark the adoption, including:

  •         PetSmart® Total Lifetime Care, which includes free pet training, grooming, 
            boarding and pet supplies for life
  •         Free Purina® coupons for 10 years for Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food or 
           Treats OR Purina® Tidy Cats® brand Cat Litter up to $4800
  •        A 5-year wellness plan from Banfield

Learn more about PetSmart Charities’ adoption programs by visiting, and follow PetSmart Charities’ pet-saving endeavors through Facebook ( and Twitter (

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

DISCLAIMER: The 5 millionth pet was selected from all pets adopted from a PetSmart Charities adoption group during the weekend of June 1, 2012.

Thanks to PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities® for being there!  Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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11 years ago

Hay, Brain, Mum kind of adopted that Fur Ball, no one claimed or wanted him. Now he’s got too big for his boots, started writing on my blog of all things. If your bored, check it out. He certainly isn’t a cool cat, don’t tell him I said that, I am a bit scared of him 🙂
Big Licks Princess Mollie xx

11 years ago

That is such good news that Pet Smart does such a great job in getting animals adopted. It is terrific to hear such good news. And lucky Dodge finding such a wonderful home. Here is hoping that 5 million more dogs and cats find homes. Have a great day.

11 years ago

Petsmart sure deserve lots of credit for all they do for the animals. Well done!

11 years ago

Hooray for big companies helping animals. Woot woot!
xo Catherine

Amber DaWeenie
11 years ago

PetSmart is well deserving of a lot of credit for the love of animals that they always display. They do so much more than sell pet supplies!

Hannah and Lucy
11 years ago

We were so pleased to read this Brian – Petsmart have done so well to find 5 million pets new and loving homes (like yours).
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Fuzzy Tales
11 years ago

We think that’s awesome. We (our mom) get their email updates and had read that. Fabulous! We have a PetSmart here in our city, so they adopt out via our shelter. Our PetSmart also had another local shelter in the other weekend, with kittens for adoption. (This other private rescue is separate, but works with our HS.)

So GREAT work all round!

Random Felines
11 years ago

YEAH!!! Mom had heard about that too. She DVR’s The Chew and Josh Duhamel was on yesterday with 2 adoptable dogs talking about his relationship with Petsmart Charities as well. good news all around….

Callie (a.k.a. Trouble)

Great news – thanks for passing it on Brian. I am glad to hear it since PetSmart gets such a chunk of my money for cat food and treats and litter and toys and furniture….

Angel and Kirby
11 years ago

Kirby was a PetSmart adoption!

Old Kitty
Old Kitty
11 years ago

So happy for adorable Dodge and his forever family!! Yay for Petsmart! Take care

11 years ago

That is awesome that all those pets have been adopted through the PetSmart program! Especially you and your family, Brian!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

wow, 5 million! I had no idea they did that many adoptions! That’s wonderful!

Hey, I don’t know if you noticed, but we nominated Sascha for the illuminated blogger award. I know one of the other sisters already received it, but we think Sascha is beautiful and would like to know a little more about her!

11 years ago

That’s just beautiful. Well done, Petsmart. Well done, indeed!

CCL Wendy
11 years ago

Yay for Petsmart! They certainly do as much as they can to help homeless cats and dogs. And, you too Brian, as one who has adopted your fair share. You and people like you help to make the world a better place, day by day.

siku marie
11 years ago

We are proud of the work and dedication that went ito finding loving, safe forever homes for that many pets…White Dog Army woos to PetSmart! We also glad Dodge found the perfect family!

The WDA prays that someday the numbers quoted in the press release will be: there are ZERO homeless or unwanted cats and dogs and all euthanizing for overpopulaton has been ended!

11 years ago

I came from PetSmart too!
They do such good work with our local rescue group.
We have such good results working with them.
It’s a winning combination.


The Island Cats
11 years ago

We love what PetSmart does for the animals! Ernie was adopted through PetSmart!

11 years ago

Dear Brian,
Kozmo here. I would like to let everybody know that I am a cat from a PetSmart!
As a tiny kitten, I was rescued from a hoarder. I was a Humane Society kitten and when I was old enough, I was taken to Pet Smart. The Kelowna BC Humane Society has an agreement with them and My Mommy and Daddy saw me there (less than an hour after) and they adopted me! I wnt home with tme the next day, and well, the rest is history!
PetSmart Rocks!

Spitty the Kitty
11 years ago

We is soooo happy to read this because the Human gives them money for their charity efurry time she shops there (and I send her there a LOT) so she is relieved to hear that they really *are* doing good things! Thanks for the news.