PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are dedicated to helping pets and pet parents every day -- especially during times of crisis. Through a dedicated emergency response effort, the leading pet specialty retailer in North America and its charitable nonprofit are coming to the aid of hundreds of animals left homeless by the Louisiana floods, which are being dubbed the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.
According to news reports, the rising water has forced more than 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. As well, hundreds of animals have been rescued with a high percentage of them being pets. Local animal welfare organizations are overwhelmed as they care for the rescued animals, providing shelter, food and care and working to reunite pet parents with their beloved pets. The emergency relief is in direct response to PetSmart and PetSmart Charities’ partners requesting the support.
Funded by PetSmart Charities, a large 28-pallet shipment of much-needed pet supplies such as pet food, cat litter, feeding bowls, leashes, crates and beds valued at more than $80,000 arrived from the PetSmart central region Distribution Center (DC) to Louisiana today. PetSmart DC associates worked round the clock to get the shipment out to those in need, while grant makers at PetSmart Charities worked diligently to provide more than $30,000 in financial support to local animal welfare organizations. The grants will help with the financial strain these nonprofits are facing due to the increased need to provide shelter, food and veterinary care for rescued animals.
“The PetSmart-PetSmart Charities team moved swiftly, and we are honored to be able to provide this emergency relief support to pets and pet parents in need in Louisiana,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD and President of PetSmart Charities in the US and Canada. “The residents of Louisiana are in our hearts. So many have lost their homes and personal property, and it’s our hope that the funding support and pet supplies help our animal welfare partners in the region to care for these rescued pets until all of them are reunited with their families. As well, we know that the impact of these floods will linger, and we will continue to provide support going forward.”
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers generously contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of those donations by issuing grants and providing other support to help pets in need. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.
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