PetSmart stores do not sell pets, but instead allow animal shelters and rescue agencies to use their space to get homeless animals adopted. Currently, the Virginia Beach SPCA sends hamsters, gerbils, mice, and guinea pigs to the PetSmart Luv-A-Pet Centers on Virginia Beach Boulevard and Dam Neck Road. Prior to the pandemic, the VBSPCA also sent adult cats to both locations but that practice is temporarily suspended until volunteers can safely return to the store.
The adoption procedures at PetSmart is similar to that at the VBSPCA. A potential adopter should expect to spend some time with the animal of interest, then complete an adoption application with the assistance of a PetSmart staff member. The application will be faxed to the shelter, and the potential adopter can expect to hear from the shelter within 24-48 hours. From there, the process is very much as described in how to adopt.
Please note that any small animals housed at either PetSmart location will indicate the location in the pet bio, which is visible when you click on the individual animal profile. To see a current list of adoptable small animals, click here.