Petsmart Charities Opens New Cat Adoption Center

The company establishes another joint-venture adoption center for cats and dogs.

Petsmart Charities Inc. has once again teamed up with a local animal organization to jointly open a dog and cat adoption center inside a Petsmart store.

As part of a new partnership with Bay Area Humane Society of Green Bay, Wis., nonprofit Petsmart Charities is funding all of the costs associated with building a dog and cat adoption center inside the Green Bay Petsmart. Bay Area Humane Society will staff the adoption center.

This will be the fifth adoption center to open as a result of a joint effort between Petsmart Charities and a local dog and cat organization. Petsmart Charities, which operates separately from its founder, Petsmart, expects to have 10 of these dog and cat adoption centers up and running by January 2012, said Michelle Thompson, Petsmart Charities communications manager.

“These enhanced adoption centers are proving to be a very successful way to find even more pets the homes they deserve,” said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director PetSmart Charities. “By collaborating with strong organizations like the Bay Area Humane Society, we are able to promote pet adoptions and reduce euthanasia in local communities.”

A grand opening celebration for the Green Bay dog and cat adoption center is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2011. The new dog and cat adoption center will occupy about 1,900 square feet of space inside the Petsmart store, which is not charging Bay Area Humane Society any rent.

The dog and cat adoption center will house more than 30 of Bay Area Humane Society’s adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at a time. Pets will live at the dog and cat adoption center until they’re adopted, so they won’t need to be transported back and forth between the store and Bay Area Humane Society’s dog and cat shelters for special weekend adoption events. About 25 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are expected to be adopted from the new dog and cat adoption center location every week.

Since May 2010, Petsmart Charities has opened similar adoption centers in Fort Worth, Texas; Yuma, Ariz.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Dover, Del. The nonprofit plans to open another center next month in Westminster, Colo., with the Humane Society of Bolder Valley.


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