Although companies and organizations in the same industry are usually considered competitors, it’s no secret that they are partnering with each other more than ever to accomplish a mutual goal. Business partnerships have been increasing dramatically over the last few decades. Whether the goal is to increase sales, to raise awareness of an organization or cause, or to make an impact in the community, companies and organizations are realizing the power of partnership. Because the truth is, we’re all in this together, right?
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is one of these organizations that discovered the power of partnership.
PetSmart Charities is a non-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1994. It is the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America providing more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has saved the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart and local adoption partners. In Jacksonville, PetSmart’s local adoption partner is First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Inc.
This year in July, the two organizations came together as a team to accomplish their mutual goal – to save the lives of homeless pets.
The organizations hosted Jacksonville’s Mega Pet Adoption Event at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. In this tremendous collaboration effort, the partners helped shelters and rescue groups present pets from Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties. At the start of the three-day event, the massive 50,000 square foot exhibition hall was jam-packed with thousands of pets anxiously awaiting their forever home.
“A record-breaking 1,165 pets were adopted,” said Michael Faulk, general manager for the Gate Parkway PetSmart in Jacksonville. “And for the very first time,” he exclaimed, “every single dog was adopted!”
The power of partnership is real, y’all. And organizations like these realize the power they have to make a difference in the community when they work together. This is just one example of how partnerships can produce impressive results. What could your organization accomplish in your community through partnerships?