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Petland Adopt-A-Pet more than just dogs and cats

New survey shows more than 327,000 pets placed in last 15 years

(CHILLICOTHE, Ohio, March 22, 2013) – Petland recently released the latest numbers from their national Adopt-A-Pet program, a community service initiative to help place homeless pets in local communities.

“In the last 15 years, Petland has found homes for more than 327,000 unwanted or abandoned pets in their communities,” said Joe Watson, President of Petland, Inc. “There is a great opportunity for Petland stores to assist local rescues and shelters in finding new homes and we invite local pet care organizations, shelters, rescue groups and individuals to take advantage of the program.”

Companywide, participating Petland stores have placed 75,861 homeless puppies and dogs and 240,097 homeless kittens and cats since 1998. Although Petland stores have always accepted other pets like small animals and reptile, that particular data has only been recorded since 2010. Since 2010, 11,459 large birds, reptiles and litters of small animals were accepted into the Adopt-A-PetSM program nationwide.

Petland’s Adopt-A-Pet Program

The Adopt-A-Pet program has many levels. “Our objective is prevent any pet from burdening a shelter,” said Brian Winslow, Director of Animal Welfare Education. “The various levels of participation in the program all help us achieve this goal.”

All Petland stores are required to participate in the program at some level. Most stores begin by simply collecting funds for a local rescue organization, displaying directions to the local shelter, donating supplies or exhibiting brochures and photos of available rescue pets. The ultimate goal of Petland stores is being able to help place homeless pets through their highly visible kennel space or weekend adoption events. In addition to working with shelters and rescue groups, stores can accept healthy pets from accidental litters in their local community, preventing these pets from being placed in a shelter or becoming feral.

Before Petland accepts a homeless animal for adoption, the pet must be at least eight weeks old and pass a wellness check by Petland’s local consulting veterinarian.

“The homeless kittens or puppies we offer to our customers must be healthy and well-socialized, ensuring they will make good pets for adopting families,” said Winslow.

Once accepted, Adopt-A-Pets at Petland are given their vaccinations and worming preventatives. In most cases, the pets also are microchipped for identification and are given a free or discounted spay or neuter certificate. The pets generally are offered to customers at a modest adoption fee, enough to cover associated shelter or rescue group charges, veterinary care and staff labor.

Interested? Contact your local Petland

Shelter administrators, pet rescue representatives or any individual with knowledge of a litter of healthy homeless puppies or kittens should contact their local Petland store. A manager there can explain local Adopt-A-Pet program procedures.

“Placing homeless pets is a valuable service to our community. It is one of many community service programs at Petland aimed at enhancing the human-animal bond,” said Watson.

Petland always has been committed to doing its part to help find families for healthy, homeless pets. More information on Petland and its community service programs can be found at www.petland.com.