Posted: April 15, 2013, 4:20 p.m. EDT
Petland’s nationwide Adopt-A-Pet program has led to the placement of more than 327,000 animals over the past 15 years, the Chillicothe, Ohio-based retail chain reported April 11.
Greater than the human population of St. Louis, the count includes 75,861 dogs, 240,097 cats and 11,459 birds, reptiles and small animals.
Petland’s 81 U.S. franchises are required to participate in the program at some level. Most stores start by collecting money for a local rescue organization, displaying directions to the shelter, donating supplies or offering information about available rescue pets, the company noted. Many stores also display homeless pets or host weekend adoption events.
Petland customers who adopt a pet often receive a certificate good for a free or discounted spay/neuter surgery on the animal.
"Our objective is prevent any pet from burdening a shelter,” said Brian Winslow, the company’s director of animal welfare education. "The various levels of participation in the program all help us achieve this goal.”
accepts a homeless animal for adoption, the pet must be at least 8 weeks old and pass a wellness check.
"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,” Winslow said.
Customers that adopt
a pet usually pay a fee that covers shelter charges, veterinary care and staff labor. The pets are vaccinated and in most cases are microchipped for identification.
Founded in 1967, Petland also has more than 45 franchises spread over Canada, China, Japan, Mexico and South Africa.
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