Helen Sanders Cat Protection and Welfare Society


October 23, 2023 – Seal Beach, CA – Every year, more than 6.2 million pets enter animal shelters, and today many across the nation are overflowing. Helen Sanders CatPAWS is proud to partner with PetSmart Charities® to bring adoptable cats to Seal Beach PetSmart in support of PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week, taking place November 6-12, 2023.

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Week in November coincides with National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Older pets are often overlooked because of potential future health risks and concerns about ingrained behaviors. But just like people, pets age differently. Aside from doing something wonderful for older pets in need, there are so many reasons why they make ideal companions. Here are just a few benefits to consider:

– Bonding with senior pets can be a bit easier because they’re more likely to be calmer, more experienced, and house-trained.

– For those in search of fellow “couch potatoes” to watch movies with or even to lay low while working, senior pets can be the perfect match.

– Whether it’s their preferences or their personalities, pets in their golden years may be more transparent.

– Living with senior pets can inspire their people to slow down and take time to stop and smell the roses.

– Adopting senior pets ensures peace and better health in their final years and helps shelters to ease the overcrowding.

“This special week is a call to action, and an opportunity to bring new love into your home. Shelters across the nation are overflowing, and we’re encouraging folks to consider the unique joys of older pets, who bring a special kind of lowkey, loyal comfort to their people. Some of my deepest bonds have been with pets who came into my life when they were in their golden years – it really is a gift. We’re thankful for Helen Sanders CatPAWS’ partnership in helping make perfect matches!”

— Heidi Marston, Director of Pet Placement at PetSmart Charities

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During the in-store event, Helen Sanders CatPAWS invites potential pet parents to meet adoptable cats in their area. Opportunities will be given to spend time with cats in spacious meet and greet areas. Staff and volunteers will help potential adopters learn about caring for pets and point to welcome resources.

Aren’t sure if you’re ready to adopt? Please consider fostering a senior pet! This not only gets them out into loving homes, but helps alleviate overcrowding at shelters, and can be an ideal opportunity to really get to know the animals. To view all available pets for adoption, please visit our Adoption page.


Adoptable kittens and cats will be available at the following times at PetSmart Seal Beach (12341 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach, CA 90740):

About Helen Sanders CatPAWS
Founded in 2010 to continue the legacy of Helen Sanders, who practiced and advocated trap-neuter-return (TNR) for feral community cats ever since the 1990s. CatPAWS rescues at risk cats from public shelters, finds adoptive homes, provides support to the community with education, low or no-cost spay/neuter vouchers, traveling kitten therapy program, and the DIY kitten care project. Visit www.helensanderscatpaws.com, CatPAWS Facebook page, or call 562-280-4450 to learn more or get involved.

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 up to 400,000 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 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 $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 www.PetSmartCharities.org.