SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

May 01, 2010 21:18 ET

Unique Collaboration Saves Pets in Fort Worth

PetSmart Charities®, City Celebrate Grand Opening of New Adoption Center Inside PetSmart Store

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - May 1, 2010) -  As many as 1,300 dogs and cats in Fort Worth, Texas, will be saved every year thanks to a one-of-a-kind partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Texas, and nonprofit PetSmart Charities, Inc. The two have teamed up with support from community pet lovers and PetSmart, Inc. to open the first government animal-control pet-adoption center inside a PetSmart® store. A grand opening celebration took place today with Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Danny Scarth, PetSmart Executive Chairman Phil Francis, PetSmart Charities Executive Director Susana Della Maddalena and community leader Bill Boecker on hand for the ribbon cutting and other festivities.

"We are very proud to be part of this collaborative effort and we applaud the Fort Worth city leaders and the dedicated city staff for their unwavering commitment to this endeavor," said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of nonprofit PetSmart Charities, Inc. "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 satellite shelter is a model for the rest of the country as PetSmart Charities explores new ways to save the lives of pets who don't have homes. About 8 million pets end up in shelters across the United States annually; tragically, 4 million are put down because they are not adopted in time.

PetSmart Charities is funding 100 percent of the build-out costs for the new center, which will occupy about 1,830 square feet of space that was not being used at the rear of the store. PetSmart® is not charging the city any rent; and pet-loving Fort Worth community leaders are raising funds to cover operational costs.

The city will staff the satellite shelter, which will house up to 50 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 Forth Worth's main shelter. Not only does the new center free up kennel space at the main municipal location, but it also allows the city to take adoptable pets out to the community and house them in a pet-friendly venue. About 25 pets will be adopted from the new shelter location every week.

"The City of Fort Worth is very fortunate to have PetSmart Charities and PetSmart, Inc. as partners in the new adoption center," said Brandon Bennett, Fort Worth Code Compliance director. "This partnership will enable the city to better fulfill its mission to find warm homes and loving families for adoptable dogs and cats from our shelter." 

About the Facility:

The shelter will be open seven days a week. Amenities include:

  • 10 kennels for adult dogs
  • Four kennels for puppies or small dogs
  • Cat adoption center (to house up to 24 cats)
  • Play area for dogs awaiting adoption
  • Meet‐and‐greet areas for prospective adopters and their families to get acquainted with the pet(s) they want to take home
  • Dog and cat isolation areas

The May 1st grand opening coincides with the PetSmart Charities® Second Chance for Love National Adoption Event. Sponsored by Hills® Science Diet Brand® and PetSmart®, the event aims to find homes for more than 18,500 pets throughout North America. Dozens of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens who need homes will be available for adoption at this event from Fort Worth Animal Care & Control, as well as other animal-welfare groups that collaborate with PetSmart Charities.

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store adoption program, helped save the lives of more than 4 million pets. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its Vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kim Noetzel
    Senior Communication Manager
    PetSmart Charities, Inc.
    knoetzel@petsmartcharities.org
    Office: (623) 587-2872
    Cell: (602) 319-9708

    Veronica Villegas
    Communication Manager
    City of Fort Worth
    Office: (817) 392-6178
    Cell: (817) 353-2287