CHILLICOTHE, Ohio, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As National Pet month begins, Petland is proud to release the latest survey results from the Adopt-A-PetSM program, a community service initiative to help place abandoned or unwanted pets in local communities.
"Since 1998, Petland has found homes for approximately 350,000 unwanted or abandoned pets in their communities," said Joe Watson, President and CEO of Petland, Inc. "There are many opportunities for Petland stores to assist and work with local shelters, rescues and even community members whose pet may have had an unplanned litter."
Companywide, participating Petland stores have placed more than 80,000 homeless puppies and dogs and 249,000 homeless kittens and cats since 1998. Although Petland stores have always accepted other pets like small animals and reptiles, that particular data has only been recorded since 2010. Since 2010, more than 21,000 large birds, reptiles and litters of small animals were accepted into the Adopt-A-PetSM program nationwide.
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 an unwanted or abandoned animal for adoption, the pet must be at least eight weeks old and pass a wellness check by Petland's local consulting veterinarian.
"The adoptable pets we offer to our customers must be healthy and well-socialized, ensuring they will make good pets for their new 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. 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.
"Petland's Adopt-A-Pet program is one of many community service programs at Petland aimed at enhancing the human-animal bond and protecting the pets in our communities," 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.