Petland was founded in Ohio by Ed Kunzelman in 1967. Today, the company has more than 250 stores in the U.S., Mexico, Japan, Canada, and South Africa. Petland has been valued at $50 million and has revenue in the U.S. , on average, of $3 million.
Petland is different from other pet stores as they do not sell “puppy mill” dogs or cats. The company works together with local shelters and rescue centers for the adoption of dogs, cats, and other rescued animals. Under the “Adopt-A-Pet” program, which Petland initiated in 1998, the company says that hundreds of thousands of animals have been adopted into permanent, loving homes. All adopted animals are spayed or neutered and some locations offer micro-chipping as an extra safety measure.