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 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 www.petsmartcharities.org/
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 petsmartcharities.org 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!