Petsmart Charities, Arizona Officials Collaborate on Animal Shelter

Scottsdale store houses a satellite pet-adoption center for dogs and cats.

Nonprofit animal welfare organization Petsmart Charities Inc. and animal control officials in Maricopa County, Ariz., have collaborated to open a pet-adoption center inside a Scottsdale Petsmart store. The satellite shelter, which opened Feb. 12, was the second in the United States to open as a partnership between Petsmart Charities and a government agency, and it won’t be the last.

“We are very proud to be part of this collaborative effort with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control,” said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director Petsmart Charities. “At Petsmart Charities, our goal is to save the lives of pets who don’t have homes. This type of collaboration — one that promotes pet adoptions and reduces euthanasia — is key to meeting that goal.”

The new satellite shelter occupies about 2,425 square feet of space in the store. Petsmart Charities, which operates separately from its founder, Petsmart, said it funded 100 percent of the build-out costs for the new center. Petsmart will not charge the county any rent.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control employees will staff the shelter, which will house up to 60 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at a time. Pets will live at the center until they’re adopted, so they won’t need to be transported between the store and Maricopa County’s shelters.

The Scottsdale shelter, open seven days a week, includes:
• 44 kennels for adult dogs, puppies and small dogs;
• Cat adoption center (to house up to 16 cats);
• Play areas for dogs awaiting adoption; and
• Meet-and-greet areas for prospective adopters to get acquainted with the pets.

This is not the first time Petsmart Charities has teamed up with a government agency to open a satellite shelter. The nonprofit collaborated with government officials in Fort Worth, Texas, to open a similar shelter in May 2010. More than 1,100 pets have been adopted from that shelter since it opened, Petsmart Charities reported. Additionally, Petsmart Charities plans to open a third shelter, in conjunction with Maricopa County, in a Phoenix shopping mall.

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