MPAS partners with PetSmart Charities for National Adoption Week!

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter Brings Adoptable Pets in Need of Loving Homes During PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Week

In-Person Adoption Events to Take Place at Local Shelter & PetSmart Stores March 6 – 12

March 05, 2023 – EAST HANOVER, NEW JERSEY:  Each year, more than five million pets enter animal shelters in need of loving homes. Today, pets are staying in shelters longer and many local shelters are struggling with stretched budgets and limited staffing. In partnership with PetSmart Charities, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter will bring adoptable pets to the East Hanover PetSmart location in support of National Adoption Week, taking place March 10-12, 2023. 

During the in-store event, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter invites pet lovers to make room in their homes for pets in need. PetSmart Charities also encourages people to consider adopting pets with special needs, like Simba. A year ago, Simba came to the shelter looking for a home. A fun-loving dog, Simba has trouble sharing, and requires a special adopter to understand his needs. Animals with special needs tend to linger at the shelter, waiting for longer periods of time to find that special person. With proper training, both animal and adopter can live a fulfilling and happy life together.

“National Adoption Week is an ideal opportunity to give a pet in need what they need most – people to love,” said Heidi Fulcher, Sr. Adoptions Grant Manager at PetSmart Charities. “Pets with special needs, such as those recovering from injuries or living with limb differences, trauma recovery or physical limitations make wonderful additions to families. These resilient pets have a lot to teach us about the joy and value of caregiving.”

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week is a special time during the year. PetSmart stores feature adoptable pets to meet and cuddle in spacious areas, and staff and volunteers are on-hand to make introductions and answer questions. Potential pet parents can also learn about the products and services they’ll need for the best possible start with their new family members.

“During this important week, we also recognize that there are many animals living in shelters for long periods of time because of behavior challenges,” says Lorri Coppola-Caffrey, Executive Director at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter. “Making a commitment to providing a loving home for an animal in need is one of the most selfless acts a person can do. Pet parents can truly save the life of a shelter pet with one simple act of kindness.”

Learn about the adoptable pets available at Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter online at


Adoptable pets will be available at the following times and PetSmart locations:

March 10-12, 2023

PetSmart, 190 State Route 10, East Hanover, New Jersey 


About Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter

For more than 50 years, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter has been providing exceptional care for homeless animals, working tirelessly to find a permanent, loving home for every cat and dog it shelters. It envisions a community of people and organizations committed to working together to eliminate the occurrence of abused, neglected and homeless animals. Its priority is to save abandoned animals within the community; however, efforts don’t end there. The shelter also partners with organizations around the country to save at-risk animals from being euthanized. Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter never euthanizes any animal for time or space reasons. Mt. Pleasant animal shelter is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that is solely funded by contributions, grants and bequests and holds a platinum rating on GuideStar. To learn more visit

Connect with Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter on social media:

Instagram: @mpanimalshelter

Facebook: @Mt.PleasantAnimalShelter


About PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities 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 up to 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 disaster response. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at, while shopping at, 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 $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit


Connect with PetSmart Charities on social media:

Instagram: @PetSmartCharities

Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs



Media Contacts: 

Lorri Coppola-Caffrey, Executive Director (

JoAnn Bartoli, Director of Development (

PetSmart Charities 24-hour media line: 623-587-2177



MPAS partners with MLB Network for its first annual Dog Adoption Day!

It was a “home run” attending MLB Network’s first annual Dog Adoption Day at their facility in Secaucus, New Jersey. We are grateful to the MLB Network and its employees for making us feel welcome and for spending the day with some of our adorable dogs and puppies. 

Special thanks to Rosemarie’s Rescue Ranch, Bark and Bones Bakery, and Give a Bella Box for helping us to make the day extra special. 

Events like these are important. They increase the visibility of our animals available for adoption, helping them to find homes sooner. We are grateful to MLB Network for making this day possible. 

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