While the coronavirus pandemic has brought its share of challenges to animal welfare, it also brought to light the number of homeless pets living in animal shelters across our communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people have made the decision to welcome a pet into their home, and in September, the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Days event saw over 23,000 pets find loving homes. North America's foremost funder of animal welfare is aiming to help even more homeless pets find homes before the holidays, Nov. 2 – 22.

The November event will offer a virtual component to help prospective pet parents jumpstart their adoption journey from the comfort of their homes. At petsmartcharities.org/adopt-a-pet, users can search by zip code and view thousands of adoptable animals from more than 3,750 animal welfare organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

Users can customize their search to include whether they are seeking a cat or dog and their desired age, breed, color, size, etc. Once users find a pet they are interested in, they can learn more about them and schedule meet-and-greets with adoption partners – before visiting their local PetSmart to finalize the adoption process.

Searches will result in pets like Kaitlyn, a 5-year-old large mixed breed who comes as a bonded pair with her sister Karen, who are available for adoption with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando in the South Orlando PetSmart store, and Amber, a red tabby kitten who was abandoned with her five siblings at just a few days old, who is available for adoption with New Hope Animal Rescue in the Sunset Valley PetSmart store in Austin, TX.
Ahead of the holiday season, PetSmart® is ensuring pets who find their forever homes are ready for life with their new pet parents by providing a free adoption kit worth over $300 in savings for all the supplies they may need, including a coupon for a free bag of dog or cat food.

"Now is a great time to adopt a shelter pet in need of a home," says Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM and senior manager of veterinary outreach at PetSmart Charities. "New pets will need an adjustment period and bringing home a new furry family member now allows them to acclimate to their new environment before the busy holiday season, and best of all, gives a deserving pet a loving home for the holidays."

Those who aren't ready to adopt a pet can still help pets in need by donating food and supplies to local drives held in participating PetSmart stores, or by making a financial donation online through PetSmart Charities.
 

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