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Potential Pet Parents Can Keep Pet Adoption Momentum Going by Helping Local Pets in Need Find Loving Homes

PHOENIX – May 17, 2018 — With the help of nearly 4,000 animal welfare partners across North America, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities today announced they reached an unprecedented milestone of 8 million pet adoptions since 1994. Zeus, a playful black cat and the lucky 8 millionth pet, was adopted by Heath Greenlee, a deputy sheriff for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, through PetSmart Charities’ in-store adoption program. Greenlee adopted Zeus following the tragic loss of his family’s five-year-old cat, Felix. While Greenlee gave him a loving home, Zeus returned the favor by offering him the unconditional love and companionship he had been missing.

“I have always been a cat person, but when I spotted Zeus through the window, it felt like this little guy reached out and chose me, filling an emptiness in my heart that our family’s cat left when he passed away,” said Greenlee, who adopted Zeus from the City of Fort Worth Animal Care & Control-operated PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center in Fort Worth, Texas. “Every pet deserves an opportunity for a good life and I’m so happy we could provide one for Zeus.”

Greenlee said Zeus’ affectionate hugs and playful demeanor have been a welcome addition to his family, which includes his wife, Sandra, and Scottish Corgi, Batman.

“Had I not opened my heart to adopting a pet, I would have passed up the opportunity to adopt a great cat,” said Greenlee. “He’s only been with us for a short time but we can’t imagine life without him.”

“We’ve found most pet parents can relate to leaning on their four-legged companion for healing after a period of stress, fear or sadness,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD, president of PetSmart Charities. “Events like PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend provide an opportunity for pets and pet parents in need to connect, open their hearts and rescue one another.”

Prospective pet parents have an opportunity to adopt pets like Zeus by visiting a local PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend event this weekend.

Warmer spring temperatures mark the beginning of kitten season in the U.S.—a time when animal welfare organizations see a significant increase in their intake of unplanned and homeless litters of kittens. While the season can be challenging for shelters that must spay/neuter, vaccinate, foster and care for more kittens than usual, kittens are most often adopted within a week of an animal welfare organization bringing them into an adoption center at a PetSmart store.

PetSmart and PetSmart Charities hope to find homes for as many kittens, cats, dogs and other pets as possible by encouraging people to visit its National Adoption Weekend events held at nearly all 1,600 PetSmart stores across North America from May 18-20. With the help of thousands of animal welfare organizations, the leading pet retailer and its independent non-profit hope to find forever homes for more than 20,000 pets this weekend. Nearly half of the adoptable pets are expected to be kittens or cats.

“While our mission is to find forever homes for all pets, at this time of year, the need to find adoptive families for kittens and cats increases exponentially,” says Dr. Haworth. “With the help of our nearly 4,000 animal welfare partners across the U.S. and Canada, it is our goal to find homes for the cats, dogs and small animals that need it most. Although we’ve reached the milestone of our 8 millionth pet adoption, there are still so many pets in need of lifelong, loving homes and families just like Zeus.”

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