BURLINGTON, ON – Nov. 05, 2018 – The holidays are one of the busiest travel times of the year as people board planes, trains and automobiles to be home with their families for the festive season. From Nov. 9 – 11, thousands of homeless pets will also be traveling to nearly all of the 135 PetSmart stores across Canada in the hopes of going home for the holidays, too.  These pets are hoping to be adopted at PetSmart Charities of Canada’s November National Adoption Weekend (NAW).

Four times each year, PetSmart Charities invites more than 200 humane societies, SPCAs and rescue groups to bring adoptable pets into every PetSmart store across the country. The weekend adoption blitz marks the last NAW of 2018—making it an ideal time to give a pet the best gift of all—a lifelong, loving home.

“By adopting a pet into your family this November, you’ll make sure they’re not spending the holidays in a shelter,” says David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities. “You’ll also enable your new furry friend to have the time they need to acclimate to your home, your family and your routines in advance of the busy festive season. But perhaps best of all, by adopting a pet you’ll also be giving yourself the gift of unconditional love.”

You can preview some of the adorable pets available for adoption by following PetSmart Charities on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram during National Adoption Weekend. The organization will be hosting a three-day social media adopt-a-thon beginning at 4 p.m. EST on Fri., Nov. 9. Adoptable pets from across North America will be featured every hour on the hour on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 - 11 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST.

Even if you’re not ready to adopt a pet this November, you can still help thousands of pets find homes for the holidays by taking a photo. Take a picture of an adoptable pet in your local animal welfare organization or at your nearest PetSmart store and post it on social media using the hashtag #PicMe. Watch the #PicMe video to find out how taking a “selfless selfie” can help reduce pet homelessness.

November National Adoption Weekend Details:
Dates:               Fri., Nov. 9 – Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Times:              Fri. and Sat.:  9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. local time
Locations:         Your local PetSmart store. Visit to find a store near you.



About PetSmart Charities® of Canada
PetSmart® Charities of Canada is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps to find forever homes and families for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grant funding to registered Canadian charities aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, more than 500,000 generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $14 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit

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