Willamette Humane Society Holds Clear the Shelter Event in Conjunction with PetSmart Charities in Salem, Oregon

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SALEM, OREGON – [SEPTEMBER 16, 2021] – On Saturday, September 18th, more than 40 adoptable cats and kittens will be available for adoption at PetSmart in Salem, Oregon. The Clear the Shelter 2021 event is a partnership between Willamette Humane Society (WHS) and PetSmart Charities, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. 

WHS staff will be available at PetSmart between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Staff can answer questions, complete adoption paperwork, and help families get off to a good start caring for their newest family member.

WHS will offer special pricing during the event. Families that choose two cats will pay nothing for the cat with the smaller adoption fee. 

“We know that some cats do best with a feline family member,” said Jean Dion, WHS Communications Manager. “Two cats can keep themselves entertained all day while their families are at work. And there’s nothing cuter than two tired kittens cuddled together at the end of a long day.”

WHS has operated on an appointment-only basis since the pandemic made an impact in Oregon in March of 2020. Many cats and kittens have been adopted through this system. Some families prefer to meet many cats and kittens all at once to find the perfect match for their family. Events like this one fill that need. 

“This is a unique opportunity for people to connect with adoptable cats and kittens in person,” said Heidi Fulcher, Adoption Grants Manager at PetSmart Charities. “The tail end of kitten season is approaching, when so many young, vulnerable kittens need shelter and nourishment. We’re happy to welcome our partner, the Willamette Humane Society, to the PetSmart location in Salem to help Clear the Shelters.”

“We hope to see many families come to PetSmart during this special event to meet and adopt a furry family member,” Dion said. 


About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk counties. The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs, and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and hundreds of volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org. Follow WHS on Facebook and Instagram.

About PetSmart Charities® 

About PetSmart Charities® PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps nearly 600,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping at PetSmart.com, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $475 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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Media Contact:
Jean Dion, Communications Manager
503-585-5900 or marketing@whs4pets.org

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