The landscape of adoptions changed well before COVID-19. The work of many organizations led to transporting animals from areas of high pet supply to areas of high demand. But COVID-19 forced alternative adoption protocols; the demand for pets from quarantined families and individuals increased, and people grew more reliant on rescues. This session will offer a national perspective, insights and data-driven understandings of the changing landscape of pet acquisition.


  • Alex Castelazo | Senior Manager of Data Science, PetSmart Charities
  • Steve Kaufman | Senior Manager of Adoption Initiatives, PetSmart Charities

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