PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and with hurricane and wildfire seasons well underway, PetSmart® has launched a pet food drive in its 1,600 stores across North America. The food drive is designed to help provide local animal welfare organizations with a stockpile of pet food in the event of an unexpected emergency or natural disaster.
“Last year, thousands of pets were left homeless or displaced following historic storms like Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the wildfires that affected northern parts of California and British Columbia,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD, president of PetSmart Charities®, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. “During emergencies, local animal welfare organizations are on the front lines providing food, shelter and care to pets in need. Having access to a steady supply of healthy, quality pet food is key to a shelter’s ability to sustain the intake of pets until they are nursed back to health and reunited with their forever families.”
From Friday, June 15, through Sunday, July 8, PetSmart customers are invited to purchase and donate dry or wet dog and cat food in stores to be delivered to nearby animal welfare organizations assisting pets in need in their community.
To further support local animal welfare organizations in their mission to help pets in need, customers may also make a donation to PetSmart Charities at the PIN pad located at the registers in all PetSmart stores year-round.
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, together, 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. PetSmart employs approximately 55,000 associates and operates more than 1,600 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. The retailer provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and pet adoption. PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada work with more than 3,500 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 8 million adoptions, more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.
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