As we approach the inaugural PetSmart Charities Pet Hunger Awareness Day™ on September 26th, we’re shedding light on the concerning issue of pet hunger all month long. An estimated 30 million pets across the United States face hunger daily. Together, we can change lives—For Pets. For People. For Good.
30 Million Pets Need Your Help
Pet hunger is a hidden problem that often goes unnoticed by society. As we care for our furry companions and welcome them into our homes, it is disheartening to learn that millions of pets lack the basic sustenance required to live healthy and fulfilling lives. This can lead to pet parents having to make heartbreaking decisions to forego nutrition for themselves, or other necessities, in order to feed their pets. Despite the national attention to food insecurity, pet food insecurity is another crisis that looms beneath the surface.
We’re Taking Action—for Good
PetSmart Charities has been at the forefront of bringing attention to the issue of pet hunger. Our dedication to providing food and resources to pets in need has touched the lives of countless animals and their loving families, but we can’t end pet hunger alone.
Recognizing that pets are part of the family, we’ve joined forces with Feeding America®, a nationwide network of food banks dedicated to eradicating hunger among humans. PetSmart Charities provides nutritious pet food, lovingly prepared by our partner Alphia, to be distributed by Feeding America partner organizations alongside human meals. Unique partnerships like these leverage resources to create a more comprehensive and impactful solution to ensure both families and their pets receive the nutrition they require.
Additionally, PetSmart Charities has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, an organization renowned for its mission to support homebound seniors, many of whom depend on their beloved pets for comfort and companionship. By collaborating with Meals on Wheels America, PetSmart Charities helps support new and existing pet assistance services, including pet food deliveries, access to veterinary care, and other critical services, for pet-owning older adults.
Join Us in Helping Pets
You can help feed hungry pets just by feeding yours. To help spread the word, PetSmart Charities has created a social media challenge to shed light on the issue of pet hunger. Thanks to one of our generous partners, PetSmart Charities will receive a $2 donation for every post made from September 18 – 26th, up to a total of $10,000*!
Participating is easy:
- We know pets love mealtime! Capture a cute video or photo of your pet’s adorable dinner dance (or find one you already have on your device!)
- Share the dance on your Instagram story or as a post
- Don’t forget to tag @PetSmartCharities and use the hashtag #DinnerDanceForPets
Make an Impact
PetSmart Charities can’t feed hungry pets alone. Your support helps us provide nutritious pet food to families across the country. Your gift to PetSmart Charities will help keep bowls and bellies full.
Feeding Hope for Today and Tomorrow
As we reflect on the profound impact pets have on our lives, let us also remember our responsibility to ensure their well-being and happiness. Through the unwavering efforts of PetSmart Charities, in collaboration with Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America, we can build a future where no pet faces hunger, and every animal can thrive in a loving and nourished environment.
Join Us to Help End Pet Hunger
Download our Pet Hunger Awareness Day Toolkit to discover more ways you can help.