Press Release https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases?sort_by=created&sort_order=DESC en November’s National Adoption Weekend Brings 9 Millionth Adoption Milestone in Reach for PetSmart Charities® https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/november-s-national-adoption-weekend-brings-9-millionth-adoption-milestone-in-reach-for-petsmart-charities <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">November’s National Adoption Weekend Brings 9 Millionth Adoption Milestone in Reach for PetSmart Charities® </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-10-31T19:45:07+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 10/31/2019 - 15:45</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p><span><span><span><strong>Oct. 31, 2019 – PHOENIX, Ariz. —</strong> As <a href="https://petsmartcharities.org">PetSmart Charities</a> prepares for its National Adoption Weekend Nov. 8 – 10, it’s also preparing to celebrate its largest milestone to date – an unprecedented 9 million adoptions. During the weekend event and heading into the holiday season, the nonprofit is inviting perspective pet parents to help reach this landmark achievement by adopting a shelter pet.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While these National Adoption Weekend events happen four times a year in nearly all 1,650 PetSmart stores across North America, PetSmart Charities is especially excited to hit the mark of helping more than 9 million pets find forever homes during this event. This year alone, the organization has aided in over 465,000 adoptions. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“What we’ve been able to accomplish wouldn’t be possible without our great partner organizations, PetSmart store teams and the kindness of pet adopters across North America,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “We are so close to helping 9 million pets find their forever families, and we’ll get there with the help of those looking to give back this holiday season by opening their hearts and homes to a pet in need.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Each National Adoption Weekend, PetSmart Charities invites thousands of local humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescue organizations to bring adoptable pets, like those displaced during Hurricane Dorian, into PetSmart stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico so that they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Funding Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts has shown us the many needs of affected pets, and we’re eager to help pets rescued from the wide-spread devastation leave shelters for the embrace of a loving family. Hundreds of these deserving cats and dogs will be available for adoption at PetSmart Charities adoption centers in PetSmart stores around the country,” said Turcott.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Not Ready to Adopt?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Even those who aren’t ready to adopt a pet this November can still help reach the 9 million milestone and give a pet a home for the holidays, by taking a photo of an adoptable pet at a local PetSmart store and posting it on social media, using the hashtag #PicMe. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend Details:</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>November 8-10, thousands of animal welfare organizations will bring a host of adoptable shelter pets, including dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and various small pets, into nearly every PetSmart store across North America.</span><br /><br /> Dates:                 Nov.  8 – 10, 2019</span></span></span></p> <p><br /><span><span><span>Times:                 Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (local time)</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time)</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Locations:          Nearly every one of the 1,600+ PetSmart stores across North America      <br />                             Visit <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/">www.petsmart.com</a> to find a store near you.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>About PetSmart Charities®</span></span></strong><br /><span><span>PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $390 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit </span></span><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org/"><span><span>www.petsmartcharities.org</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: </span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs"><span><span>@PetSmartChariTs</span></span></a><br /><span><span>Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: </span></span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities"><span><span>Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities</span></span></a><br /><span><span>See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: </span></span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/PetSmart"><span><span>YouTube.com/PetSmart</span></span></a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc"><span><span>CharitiesInc</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>About PetSmart®</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>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 56,000 associates and operates more than 1,650 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 nearly 4,000 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 </span><a href="http://Chewy.com"><span><span>Chewy.com</span></span></a><span>, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Find PetSmart on Facebook: </span><a href="http://www.Facebook.com/PetSmart"><span><span>www.Facebook.com/PetSmart</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>See PetSmart on Instagram: </span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/petsmart/"><span><span>@PetSmart</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Follow PetSmart on Twitter: </span><a href="https://twitter.com/petsmart"><span><span>@PetSmart</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>See PetSmart on YouTube: </span></span><span><a href="http://www.YouTube.com/PetSmart"><span><span>www.YouTube.com/PetSmart</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>PetSmart homepage: </span></span><span><a href="http://www.petsmart.com/"><span><span>http://www.petsmart.com/</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit </span><a href="http://careers.petsmart.com"><span><span>careers.petsmart.com</span></span></a><span> to learn more about corporate, retail store and Distribution Center opportunities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>PetSmart Charities Contact:                                                      </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Kendall Huber</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Golin for PetSmart Charities</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>469.680.2556</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href="mailto:khuber@golin.com"><span>khuber@golin.com</span></a> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>PetSmart 24-Hour Media Line: 623-587-2177</span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="administrative-area">AZ</span><br> <span class="country">United States</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24816&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="Lq6PEPOFIRGwEgxn_vUAHu5r-flUGBHuBjVajsv_9hw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">1</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Thu, 31 Oct 2019 19:45:07 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 24816 at https://petsmartcharities.org PetSmart Charities Appoints Kimberlee Cornett as President https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/petsmart-charities-appoints-kimberlee-cornett-as-president <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PetSmart Charities Appoints Kimberlee Cornett as President</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-10-04T19:34:02+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 10/04/2019 - 15:34</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>PHOENIX, AZ, October 4, 2019 --<strong> </strong>The Board of Directors of PetSmart Charities<strong> </strong>today announced the appointment of Kimberlee Cornett as president, effective January 1, 2020. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>An experienced leader in both nonprofit and private-sector organizations, Ms. Cornett most recently served as the director of the social investment practice at the Kresge Foundation, a national foundation based in Troy, Michigan. She oversaw Kresge’s $350 million fund for impact investing. Ms. Cornett will report to J.K. Symancyk, president and CEO of PetSmart and chairman of the PetSmart Charities Board.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“The Board and I are confident that Kimberlee will be an excellent fit for PetSmart Charities,” said J.K. Symancyk, president and CEO of PetSmart. “Kimberlee has extensive expertise in driving organizations to achieve growth and strategic focus and, having served on the Board, she understands the goals of the organization. Under her leadership, PetSmart Charities will have an even greater impact on the people, pets and communities it serves and elevate the company’s commitment to the social mission that is part of our business”</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Prior to her role at the Kresge Foundation, Ms. Cornett was vice president of investment management at Enterprise Community Investment where she financed the development of affordable housing using Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Previously she was appointed a White House Fellow by President Clinton and served at the executive level of the Small Business Administration. Ms. Cornett serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity International and The Conservation Fund, and as a commissioner for the City of Annapolis Housing Authority.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>“I’m honored to join the organization and look forward to working with PetSmart Charities’ Board and talented team,” said Ms. Cornett. “For more than 25 years, PetSmart Charities has been instrumental in changing the landscape for pets in need. The opportunity to think creatively about new ways to improve the quality of life for homeless pets, their pet parents and the communities is exciting. Developing strategic partnerships, like the one recently announced with Meals on Wheels, will help us deliver more resources to pets and the people who care for them. I look forward to furthering the organization’s reach and impact.”  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>About PetSmart Charities®:</span></span></strong><br /><a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2576359-1&amp;h=2758953740&amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Fpetsmartcharities.org%2F&amp;a=PetSmart+Charities%2C+Inc." target="_blank"><span><span>PetSmart Charities, Inc.</span></span></a><span><span> is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit </span></span><a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2576359-1&amp;h=625237340&amp;u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.petsmartcharities.org%2F&amp;a=www.petsmartcharities.org" target="_blank"><span><span>www.petsmartcharities.org</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-10/Kimberlee%20Cornett.jpg" width="616" height="616" alt="Kimberly Cornett" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24491&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="uZ5976XZxrRTUZqFJX90uJ7akz3aVmXOsAV-CSOqh2Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">1</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Fri, 04 Oct 2019 19:34:02 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 24491 at https://petsmartcharities.org PetSmart Charities Commits Largest Gift To-Date of $3 Million to Meals on Wheels America to Benefit Seniors and Their Pets https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/petsmart-charities-commits-largest-gift-to-date-of-3-million-to-meals-on-wheels-america-to-benefit-seniors-and-their-pets <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PetSmart Charities Commits Largest Gift To-Date of $3 Million to Meals on Wheels America to Benefit Seniors and Their Pets</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Yosha Brunson</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-09-10T12:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:00</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p><span><span>September 10, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ. – <a href="http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/facts">One-in-four</a> seniors live alone, often with a pet as their only source of comfort. With nearly <a href="http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/facts">7 million seniors</a> living at or below the poverty line, many are finding it increasingly difficult to support themselves – let alone a pet. Meals on Wheels America, the leading organization dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger, says<strong> </strong>thousands of their pet-owning clients will forgo their own resources to ensure their pets are fed before even taking a bite of a delivered meal themselves. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>To help address these issues, <a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/">PetSmart Charities</a>, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, has committed $3 million to <a href="https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/">Meals on Wheels America</a> to fund a three-year partnership that will support a national pet food pantry and veterinary care program to provide home-delivered meals and veterinary care to pets of home-bound seniors. Funds also will support research to help both organizations better understand the needs of Meals on Wheels clients and their pets. The partnership will be the first of its kind supported on a nationwide scale and is the largest gift from PetSmart Charities in its 25-year history.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>“As an organization dedicated to supporting pets and the people who love them, PetSmart Charities is proud to partner with Meals on Wheels America to help keep seniors and their pets living healthier lives together,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “We know there is a large population of seniors struggling to make ends meet and facing the difficult choice of going hungry or surrendering their beloved pet. This partnership will help ensure they won’t have to make that choice.” </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>“PetSmart Charities’ unprecedented generosity will support our ongoing efforts to deliver so much more than just a meal to our nation’s most vulnerable older adults,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “We know that seniors with pets are less likely to exhibit depression, report feelings of loneliness and experience illness, and our partnership will enable more of these invaluable, mutually-supportive relationships to be sustained in communities across America for years to come.”</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>Funding from the PetSmart Charities grant will also allow local Meals on Wheels programs to expand existing pet programs and improve access to pet care to include preventive medical care, temporary pet boarding, dog walking and grooming.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>For more information on Meals on Wheels America, please visit <a href="https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org">www.MealsOnWheelsAmerica.org</a>.  For more information on PetSmart Charities and how grants are making an impact across North America, please visit <a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org">www.PetSmartCharities.org</a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>###</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong>About Meals on Wheels America:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit <a href="///C:/Users/kendall.huber/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/PKX9UHZF/www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org">www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>About PetSmart Charities®:</strong><br /><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/">PetSmart Charities, Inc.</a> is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org">www.petsmartcharities.org</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/PetSmartCharities">@PetSmartCharities</a><br /> Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs">@PetSmartChariTs</a><br /> Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities">Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities</a><br /> See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc">YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>PetSmart Charities</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Yosha Brunson Kuhl, 623-587-2177</span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="mailto:yobrunson@petsmart.com">yobrunson@petsmart.com</a></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span>Meals on Wheels America </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Jenny Young, 571-339-1603                                        </span></span></p> <p><span><span><a href="mailto:press@mealsonwheelsamerica.org">press@mealsonwheelsamerica.org</a></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image/public/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg?itok=vDCLSZSD 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_2x/public/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg?itok=sTfEwmUW 2x" media="(min-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile/public/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg?itok=-COsacyL 1x, /sites/default/files/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg 2x" media="(min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1199px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_xs/public/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg?itok=71ok1JTx 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_2x/public/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg?itok=CwmgUjaW 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156.jpg" alt="cat" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/PCI_Cat_PhoenixCorpAdoption156_0.jpg" width="3594" height="2607" alt="cat" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24181&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="urCikMosda05ZH0rUwhqpCqgnzepRApOuUPhv36pXzg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">1</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Yosha Brunson 24181 at https://petsmartcharities.org A New Furry Family Member Could Make this an A+ Back-to-School Season https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/a-new-furry-family-member-could-make-this-an-a-back-to-school-season <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A New Furry Family Member Could Make this an A+ Back-to-School Season</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Yosha Brunson</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-09-09T22:51:39+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/09/2019 - 18:51</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p>September 9, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ. — From backpacks and homework to fresh new sneakers, back-to-school season is here and one thing many parents and teachers may not think about are the many mental and physical benefits of having a pet in the home or classroom.</p> <p>Families love having a pet. In fact, <a href="https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-pet-statistics">68 percent</a> of U.S. households, or about 85 million families own a pet, according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), which is up from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.</p> <p><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/">PetSmart Charities</a>, the leading funder of animal welfare, advocates for the many benefits the human-animal relationship offers both children and adults. During PetSmart Charities' National Adoption Weekend Sept. 13-15, potential adoptees are encouraged to consider how adopting a pet could benefit the entire family or even a classroom.</p> <p>According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), a nonprofit industry research and education group, research demonstrates the positive influence pets have on a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.</p> <ul><li>Classroom pets <a href="https://habricentral.org/resources/8257">improve students’ attitudes</a> toward school and have facilitated students learning lessons in responsibility, respect and empathy</li> <li>Scientific <a href="https://habricentral.org/resources/58578">research</a> has demonstrated the positive impact of early exposure to pets on the development of allergies and asthma later in life</li> <li>For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the presence of companion animals improved <a href="https://habricentral.org/resources/1947/">positive social behaviors</a>, including becoming more receptive to social advances from peers</li> </ul><p>“As a parent, I’ve seen the abundant benefits owning a pet can have on a child’s development both mentally and emotionally,” said Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM, senior manager of veterinary outreach at PetSmart Charities. “Pets help teach children compassion, empathy and respect for all living things. They’ve also been shown to reduce stress levels, especially in children with special needs.”</p> <p>PetSmart Charities is doing its part to strengthen this bond, providing grants supporting nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to provide shelter, socialization and veterinary care to homeless pets to prepare them for adoption. PetSmart and its non-profit partner have worked together for 25 years to find loving homes for over 8.5 million pets and counting through its in-store adoption program during National Adoption Weekends held in Feb., May, Sept. and Nov., as well as every day at the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Centers located in stores.</p> <p><strong>PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend Details:</strong></p> <p>September 13-15, thousands of animal welfare organizations will bring a host of adoptable shelter pets, including dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, and various small pets, into nearly every PetSmart store across North America.</p> <p>Dates: Sept. 13 – 15, 2019</p> <p>Times: Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (local time), Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (local time)</p> <p>Locations: Nearly every one of the 1,600+ PetSmart stores across North America. Visit <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/">www.petsmart.com</a> to find a store near you.</p> <p><strong>About PetSmart Charities®</strong></p> <p>PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $390 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org/">www.petsmartcharities.org</a>.</p> <p>Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs"><span><span>@PetSmartChariTs</span></span></a><br /> Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities">Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities</a><br /> See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc">PetSmartCharitiesInc</a></p> <p><strong>About PetSmart®</strong></p> <p>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 56,000 associates and operates more than 1,650 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 nearly 4,000 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 <a href="http://Chewy.com">Chewy.com</a>, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.</p> <p>Find PetSmart on Facebook: <a href="http://www.Facebook.com/PetSmart"><span>www.Facebook.com/PetSmart</span></a><br /> See PetSmart on Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/petsmart/"><span><span>@PetSmart</span></span></a><br /> Follow PetSmart on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/petsmart"><span><span>@PetSmart</span></span></a><br /> See PetSmart on YouTube: <span><a href="http://www.YouTube.com/PetSmart"><span><span>www.YouTube.com/PetSmart</span></span></a><br /> PetSmart homepage: <span><a href="http://www.petsmart.com/"><span><span>http://www.petsmart.com/</span></span></a></span></span></p> <p>Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit <a href="http://careers.petsmart.com">careers.petsmart.com</a> to learn more about corporate, retail store and Distribution Center opportunities.</p> <p><strong>PetSmart Charities Contact:</strong></p> <p>Kendall Huber<br /> Golin for PetSmart Charities<br /> 469.680.2556<br /><a href="mailto:khuber@golin.com"><span>khuber@golin.com</span></a><br /> PetSmart 24-Hour Media Line: 623-587-2177</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image/public/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg?itok=m5d5Zg1V 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_2x/public/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg?itok=QktjwWbM 2x" media="(min-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile/public/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg?itok=kCcxvcIz 1x, /sites/default/files/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg 2x" media="(min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1199px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_xs/public/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg?itok=P5t9hbHi 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_2x/public/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg?itok=HrGEuv4m 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min.jpg" alt="September NAW" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="country">United States</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/NAWrelease5-min_0.jpg" width="3840" height="2160" alt="September NAW" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24101&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="OrmhXWGHPr20B-QoKnMwAt2to7r1XOo4U4PTZrFjHZ0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">1</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 22:51:39 +0000 Yosha Brunson 24101 at https://petsmartcharities.org PetSmart Charities® Commits Up To $1 Million to Support Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/petsmart-charities-commits-up-to-1-million-to-support-hurricane-dorian-relief-efforts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PetSmart Charities® Commits Up To $1 Million to Support Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts </span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-09-06T13:30:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:30</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p><span><span><strong><span>Sept. 5, 2019 – PHOENIX, Ariz.</span></strong><span>— </span><a href="https://www.petsmartcharities.org">PetSmart Charities</a><span>, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, today announced a commitment of up to $1 million in grants to support designated responding agencies working on the front lines to help pets and pet families in need in the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>To help its nonprofit partner champion these efforts and in response to shoppers in stores asking for ways to help, <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/">PetSmart</a>® has set up a dedicated financial donation system at registers in all of its stores, where shoppers can easily donate directly to pets and people impacted by natural disasters, like Hurricane Dorian, in increments of $1, $2, $5, $10 or $20. In addition to this fundraising effort, customers may give to PetSmart Charities every day, year-round through the PIN <span><span>pads at registers inside all PetSmart stores to support the organization’s mission to strengthen communities by connecting pets and people in need.  </span></span>PetSmart Charities contributes more than 90 cents of every dollar donated directly to pets and pet families who need it most.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The catastrophic damage in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian is immense, and as the storm moves into the Carolinas and up the coast, we know relief agencies on the ground need supplies to feed, house and provide veterinary care to pets,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “We know recovery can take time, and with the support of our generous donors, it’s our hope that this funding from PetSmart Charities will help provide essential care to pet families and displaced pets in the areas impacted by this devastating storm.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Beginning Sept. 5, disaster relief groups can submit a grant application to PetSmart Charities. The grants are open to national and local designated response agencies serving pets including nonprofit and municipal animal shelters, rescues, food banks, and veterinary clinics. PetSmart Charities will fund up to $1 million in grants, provided that qualified applications for that amount are received.</span> <span>For more information on grant eligibility and to apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities, visit </span><a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org/pro">www.PetSmartCharities.org/pro</a><span>.  </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong>Supporting Animal Welfare Organizations on the Ground:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>If you are an animal welfare organization spearheading rescue, relief and recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian, please visit <a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org/pro">www.PetSmartCharities.org/pro</a> to apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities.  </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong>How You Can Support PetSmart Charities’ Emergency Relief Efforts:</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>If you would like to support PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief efforts, like those underway in the Bahamas and the southeastern U.S. coasts, please consider making a donation at the PIN pads located at the cash registers of every PetSmart store or online at </span></span><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org/get-involved">www.petsmartcharities.org/get-involved</a>.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For more information on PetSmart Charities, or to make a donation, please visit </span><a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org">www.PetSmartCharities.org</a><span>. </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image/public/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg?itok=SYkMs8BQ 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_2x/public/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg?itok=wpsytOMw 2x" media="(min-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile/public/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg?itok=k1nf6tZt 1x, /sites/default/files/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg 2x" media="(min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1199px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_xs/public/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg?itok=Pa6Drfb- 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_2x/public/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg?itok=j05PNfs_ 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2019-09/ER-Dorian_homepage-hero_US_2.jpg" alt="Emergency Relief" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-grant-partnership-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Grant/Partnership Type</div> <div class='field__items'> <div 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<drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24091&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="78Axeg7fHQEx5mPccB-d-MjxyjbrHXtYtA317hkxEwo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">1</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:30:00 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 24091 at https://petsmartcharities.org Dogs: A Science Tail https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/dogs-a-science-tail <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Dogs: A Science Tail</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-07-18T17:38:48+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 07/18/2019 - 13:38</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p>If you're looking for a tail-wagging vacation this summer, look no further!</p> <p>You're invited to visit <em>Dogs! A Science Tail </em>at the California Science Center. This hands-on science exhibition highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs and enables guests to experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world. </p> <img alt="california science center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="012f9365-c7fc-4ef3-8415-f89e3efe0704" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DogsAScienceTail_CaliforniaScienceCenter_3.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>Here's what you'll experience when you visit: </p> <ul><li>Explore the world from a dog's perspective through a variety of hands-on exhibits </li> <li>Learn how the ability to understand and communicate with each other lies at the heart of the unique relationship between humans and dogs, and what makes this one of the most successful interspecies partnerships of all time. </li> <li>Test your pop-culture knowledge during a game of "Jeopawdy!" based on the show <em>Jeopardy!</em></li> <li>All guests are invited to share personal photos and stories of their dogs on a photo wall</li> </ul><img alt="california science center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e37adc7e-ae36-4d52-bddb-d84c134e75e2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/DogsAScienceTail_CaliforniaScienceCenter_2.jpg" class="align-center" /><p>To complement the exhibition, the Science Center will feature the highly-anticipated documentary <em>Superpower Dogs 3D which</em> is narrated by Chris Evans and takes audiences on an immersive IMAX® adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world's most amazing dogs. </p> <p>Tickets are on sale now for humans only. For tickets or further information visit <a href="https://californiasciencecenter.org/dogs">www.californiasciencecenter.org/dogs</a></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> 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field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23366&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="CcBtMu_PQ73T4YMo3Hb_24kkeZdfREarwODsEBFF6oM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:38:48 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 23366 at https://petsmartcharities.org 300,000th Pet Adopted at a PetSmart Store in Canada https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/300-000th-pet-adopted-at-a-petsmart-store-in-canada <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">300,000th Pet Adopted at a PetSmart Store in Canada</span> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/54" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Carrie Trembinski</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-06-26T18:54:52+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:54</span> <div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Meet Ellie: An Adorable </span></span></strong><strong><span><span>Chihuahua Who Has Become the 300,000th<br /> Pet Adopted at a PetSmart Store in Canada</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><strong>Wednesday, June 26, 2019—BURLINGTON, ON—</strong>Meet Ellie. She’s a senior rescue pup who recently became the 300,000th pet in Canada to find a forever home through PetSmart’s in-store adoption program. Since opening its doors in Canada in 1999, PetSmart has never sold cats or dogs in its stores.  Instead, the pet retailer established <a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.ca">PetSmart Charities of Canada</a><span><span>;</span></span> a Canadian charity that partners with more than 200 local humane societies, SPCAs and rescues, to help shelter pets find adoptive homes and families. The pet that marked this milestone of 300,000 adoptions is a one-eyed Chihuahua with a rescue story for the ages. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Blink” was the name that was first given to Ellie when a southern California shelter took her in as a stray. She was very nervous and shy, but she had clearly received some veterinary care in the past due to the stitches where her left eye used to be. The shelter thought Blink’s pet parent would soon come to claim her, but as time went on, no one appeared to be missing her. Blink’s stay at the shelter was getting longer and longer and her anxiety didn’t seem to be subsiding. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="300,000 adoption" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d53149bc-79af-472d-a709-f0c0af3ddffd" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/300K_0.jpg" /></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Shelters in California often struggle with a very high number of stray and homeless dogs, meaning that if dogs are not adopted quickly, or if they need more time to recover, overcrowded shelters can run out of space. Conversely, in Canada, there often aren’t enough adoptable dogs available for people wanting to give a pet the second chance they deserve. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>That’s where rescues like <a href="http://www.embracesociety.ca">Embrace a Discarded Animal Society</a> come in.  Leslie Fee, the founder of the organization, has been rescuing and transporting dogs from overcrowded shelters in the U.S. since 2012. Her organization, a registered Canadian charity based in Abbotsford, B.C., has received just over $100,000 in grants from PetSmart Charities of Canada to help cover the costs associated with transporting pets and providing the veterinary care they may need before being ready for adoption. </span></span></span></p> <p class="blog__quote"><span><span><span>When we learn about dogs who are having trouble finding homes, or ones that are at risk due to being in an over-capacity shelter, those are the first ones we want to help, says Fee. Dogs are remarkably resilient. They just need time and space to rest, recover and learn to trust again. And that’s exactly what we offer them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When Fee receives a call from an overcrowded shelter in California, she and her team will fire up one of their motorhomes that are equipped with air-conditioning, heaters and running water, and make the drive to California. Pets are safely and comfortably transported back to their ten-acre rescue ranch in Blaine, WA., which is right on the border of B.C.. Pets may stay at the ranch for a few weeks or a few years depending on what they have experienced, the veterinary care they require and how long it takes for them to feel healthy, happy and confident. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Blink spent just over a month at Embrace’s rescue ranch and soon she was one of the friendliest pups at the rescue. “We’d all developed such a soft spot in our hearts for her. Due to the scarring on her face and her missing eye, we think she suffered a dog bite at some point in her life. Despite that experience, she’s turned out to be so calm and trusting, she just loves to be held.  That’s how we knew it was time to find Blink her forever home,” Fee concludes.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Fee first brought Blink to an adoption event at the PetSmart in White Rock, B.C. where she met Hanne Olsen—a woman whose beloved Chihuahua named Gidget had recently passed away. While Hanne was quite taken with Blink, she wasn’t sure if she was ready to adopt again so soon. She left the adoption event without Blink but found she couldn’t get the pint-sized pup out of her mind. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“When I got home, I just couldn’t stop thinking about her sweet face and what she must have gone through in her life. In a matter of moments, not only had I decided I wanted to adopt Blink, but I also knew that her name would now be Ellie—after Elle Driver from the Quentin Tarantino movie <em>Kill Bill</em>,” laughs Olsen. “She too, was missing one eye! She was also strong and resilient.”</span></span></span></p> <img alt="Ellie and mom" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="94d2acb0-5337-4127-803d-55573a44114b" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Blink_300K.jpg" class="align-center" /><p><span><span><span>One of Hanne’s neighbours was a volunteer with Embrace a Discarded Animal Society, so she knocked on her door and asked for Fee’s phone number. She called right away to see if Blink/Ellie was still available for adoption, and thankfully she was. After filling out an adoption application and completing a home visit, Hanne was delighted to hear that she could pick up Ellie at Embrace’s next adoption event in Abbotsford, B.C.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When Hanne arrived, she found out this was a very special adoption indeed—the 300,000th adoption that had happened in a PetSmart store in Canada.  Ellie and Hanne were presented with a gift basket overflowing with everything Ellie could possibly need to settle into her new home in Canada.</span></span></span></p> <p class="none"><span><span><span>"While Ellie may have been the 300,000th pet adopted in our Canadian stores, it’s important to remember that pet adoptions happen each and every day, says Alan Blundell, president of PetSmart Canada and chair of the board at PetSmart Charities of Canada. Every pet rescue from as far east as Newfoundland to as far west as Vancouver Island, paired with every Canadian that approaches a pet in need with an open heart and an open home has helped us to reach this milestone, and as we celebrate Canada Day, we are thankful to all of them."</span></span></span></p> <p class="none"> </p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>About PetSmart Charities®</span></span></strong><strong><span><span> of Canada</span></span></strong><br /><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.ca/" target="_blank"><span><span>PetSmart® Charities of Canada</span></span></a><span><span> is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps to find forever homes and families for more than 30,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grant funding to registered Canadian charities aligned with its mission. Each year, more than 500,000 generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $19 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit </span></span><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.ca/" target="_blank"><span><span>www.petsmartcharities.ca</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: </span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs"><span><span>@PetSmartChariTs</span></span></a><br /><span><span>Find PetSmart Canada &amp; PetSmart Charities of Canada on Facebook: </span></span><a href="http://www.Facebook.com/PetSmartCanada"><span><span>www.Facebook.com/PetSmartCanada</span></span></a><br /><span><span>Follow PetSmart Canada &amp; PetSmart Charities of Canada on Instagram: </span></span><a href="http://www.instagram.com/PetSmartCanada"><span><span>www.instagram.com/PetSmartCanada</span></span></a><br /><span><span>See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: </span></span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/PetSmart"><span><span>YouTube.com/PetSmart</span></span></a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc"><span><span>CharitiesInc</span></span></a></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <picture> <!--[if IE 9]><video style="display: none;"><![endif]--> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image/public/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg?itok=16_pD9eW 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_2x/public/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg?itok=IkT13SLm 2x" media="(min-width: 1200px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile/public/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg?itok=WRVUzGlE 1x, /sites/default/files/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg 2x" media="(min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1199px)" type="image/jpeg"/> <source srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_xs/public/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg?itok=TrziBL6r 1x, /sites/default/files/styles/article_image_mobile_2x/public/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg?itok=6UX6mHdu 2x" type="image/jpeg"/> <!--[if IE 9]></video><![endif]--> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/2019-06/Blink%203_0.jpg" alt="Ellie" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </picture> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="administrative-area">ON</span><br> <span class="country">Canada</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019-06/Blink_300K_0.jpg" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=22871&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="sJgDB9fKPJbh0TQY4zcC2_DpA0UleXa7bNt748HQHQM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:54:52 +0000 Carrie Trembinski 22871 at https://petsmartcharities.org You Have Questions about Adopting a Pet: We Have Answers https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/you-have-questions-about-adopting-a-pet-we-have-answers <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">You Have Questions about Adopting a Pet: We Have Answers</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-02-13T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wed, 02/13/2019 - 12:00</time> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-02-13T07:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/13/2019 - 02:00</span> azannis<div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p><span>February 12, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ</span></p> <p>When people decide to adopt a pet during <span><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org/" target="_blank">PetSmart Charities’</a></span> National Adoption Weekend, they often have more than a few questions: From wondering what type and age of pet will be best suited to their home and lifestyle; to understanding why they may need to fill out an adoption application and questionnaire; and learning how to make a new pet feel right at home. These are just a few common inquiries potential pet adopters have and they’re part of the reason why PetSmart has placed an Adoption Ambassador in more than 1,600 stores across North America.</p> <p>Adoption Ambassadors are PetSmart associates who receive specialized training to become experts on PetSmart Charities’ In-Store Adoption Program. They can help explain the adoption application process, introduce adopters to a representative from one of the nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations bringing adoptable pets into PetSmart stores, and provide guidance on how to integrate a new pet into the family. They’re also passionate about PetSmart Charities and can explain how PetSmart and its non-profit partner have worked together for 25 years to find loving homes for 8.4 million pets and counting.</p> <p>Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities explains why the in-store adoption program continues to be so successful. “As the leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities provides grants to support nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. In turn, those organizations provide shelter, socialization and veterinary care to homeless pets to prepare them for adoption. When ready, those adoptable pets are transported to a nearby PetSmart store where they have exposure to millions of pet-lovers. It’s a collaborative partnership based on our shared mission to bring people and pets together.”</p> <p>On Feb. 22 – 24, PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend will take place in just about every PetSmart store across the continent. Tens of thousands of puppies and dogs, kittens and cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and other furry, scaly and even a few feathered friends from local shelters will be looking to be adopted into a loving home. In most cases, adopters are able to take their new pet home the very same day they meet them, but in some cases, a home visit may be required to help ensure the new pet and pet parent will be happy together for years to come.</p> <p>When thinking of adopting a pet, pop into a local PetSmart store during PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. It’s a great way to meet adoptable pets from the local community. The team of knowledgeable animal welfare partners and Adoption Ambassadors can help match potential adopters with the perfect furry, scaly or feathered friend. Preview adoptable pets by following PetSmart Charities on Twitter and Instagram during National Adoption Weekend when the charity will host a social media adopt-a-thon on Sat., Feb. 23 and Sun., Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EST.</p> <p><span>PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend Details:</span><br /> Dates: Fri., Feb. 22 – Sun., Feb. 24, 2019<br /> Times: Fri. and Sat.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. &amp; Sun.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. local time<br /> Locations: Nearly every one of the 1,600+ PetSmart stores across North America. Visit <a href="www.petsmart.com" target="_blank">www.petsmart.com</a> to find a store near you.</p> <p><span>Not Ready or Not Able to Adopt This Weekend? </span><br /> For those not ready to adopt a pet this February but who still want to help tens of thousands of pets find homes, there’s PetSmart Charities’ #PicMe campaign. Simply snap a picture of an adoptable pet in a PetSmart store and post it on social media using the hashtag #PicMe. <span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8vCjKClI6s" target="_blank">Watch this #PicMe video</a></span> to find out how to take a selfless selfie and help reduce pet homelessness via social media.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/taxonomy/term/32" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">National Adoption Weekend</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="country">United States</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Article Type</div> <div class="field__item">Press Release</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-migrated-former-nid field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Former NID</div> <div class="field__item">14003</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/images/PetSmartCharities_US_Logo_CMYK.jpg" width="774" height="255" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11367&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="-huFkDxsQoS-tRzFC-VVznhmciMBj65WLbjFd1VBTZI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 11367 at https://petsmartcharities.org PetSmart Charities commits $2 Million to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Have Unit Facility https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/petsmart-charities-commits-2-million-to-maricopa-county-sheriff-s-office-animal-safe-have-unit-facility <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PetSmart Charities commits $2 Million to Maricopa County Sheriff&#039;s Office Animal Safe Have Unit Facility </span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2019-02-08T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:00</time> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/113" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="Petsmart Charities Staff Writer">Petsmart Chari…</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2019-02-08T07:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/08/2019 - 02:00</span> vnelson<div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p>February 5, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ</p> <p>PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, has committed $2 million to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office (MCSO) to support the design and construction costs for a new facility that will house the MSCO Animal Safe Haven (MASH) Unit that will be located on Maricopa County’s Durango Campus near the southwest corner of 27th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix.</p> <p><article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/images/_56R7527.jpg" width="480" height="316" typeof="foaf:Image" /></article></p> <p>The new facility will be the first of its kind in the country, offering ample onsite animal housing and medical space, as well as classroom space so larger groups of inmates can bond with and learn to care for animals. Ultimately, the facility will serve as a recovery space for both MASH Unit animals and incarcerated individuals detained in the Maricopa County jail system. It is expected to open by May 2022.</p> <p>The MASH Unit  was originally created to care for abused and neglected animals seized in investigations. The program, which has operated for nearly 20 years, focuses on rehabilitation for both recovered animals and inmates facilitated through the human-animal bond. Nonviolent, female inmates participate in a pet care and training certificate program that fosters compassion and patience and helps the animals rebuild trust in preparation for adoption.</p> <p>To date, more than 660 inmates have graduated from the MASH program and thousands of rehabilitated pets have found forever homes through adoption.</p> <p>The MASH Unit’s current location, Maricopa County’s First Avenue Jail facility, was decommissioned from human use due to habitability concerns and plumbing issues in the mid-1990s. To ensure the new facility meets the needs of both people and pets, MCSO and PetSmart Charities consulted with animal welfare experts and commissioned a feasibility study to determine the impact the connected space will have on all inhabitants. The new facility will also be better equipped to house abused animals, who are held as evidence in investigations and typically require an extended length of stay, to ensure they are properly rehabilitated before being matched with a family.</p> <p>MCSO intends for the new facility to be a significant step toward using evidence-based programs to achieve the MASH Unit’s long-term goals of reducing recidivism and reshaping lives of both inmates and animals.</p> <p>“Our MASH program benefits animals, humans, and our community at large,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone. “Numerous studies have demonstrated the impact that the human-animal bond has on stress levels and fostering compassion. This new facility will enable us to expand MASH to include engagement and responsibility for our inmate population, including incarcerated mothers and their children, veterans, juveniles, and those with substance use disorders. Our goal is to reduce recidivism, while finding loving homes for the vulnerable animals we must lawfully care for. Ultimately, we believe this program will serve the needs of our animal population, save taxpayer dollars, and make our County an even better place to live and work. We are grateful to PetSmart Charities for its role in this innovative public-private partnership. “</p> <p>“PetSmart Charities is dedicated to supporting programs that celebrate the relationship between people and pets and the positive effects pets have on our lives,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “The MASH Unit can have a transformative effect on inmates and their rehabilitation, while also helping abused animals rebuild their trust in people; allowing both to leave the program for a better, more successful life. We are proud to support the new MASH facility, as the program aligns with our core values of helping pets in need and helping all pets find a lifelong, loving home.”</p> <p>For more information on MCSO, please visit <a href="http://www.MCSO.org">www.MCSO.org</a>.  For more information on PetSmart Charities and how grants are making an impact across North America, please visit <a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org">www.PetSmartCharities.org</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About MCSO:</strong></p> <p>The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was founded in 1871 and operates in an area nearly the size of Vermont. Deputy Sheriffs provide primary or supporting law enforcement for a population of more than four million residents. MCSO’s jail system is the third largest in the country, processing and housing all felony and most misdemeanor inmates for the County, in excess of 100,000 intakes annually. </p> <p><strong>About PetSmart Charities®:</strong><br /><a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org">PetSmart Charities</a>, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.  PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under key areas of support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org">www.petsmartcharities.org</a>.</p> <p>Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: <a href="http://www.instagram.com/PetSmartCharities">@PetSmartCharities</a><br /> Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs">@PetSmartChariTs</a><br /> Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities">Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities</a><br /> See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc">YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc</a></p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong></p> <p>Michael Cavaiola                                                                              24-Hour PetSmart Charities</p> <p>Director of Communications and Public Affairs                    Media Line:  623-587-2177</p> <p>602-762-6361</p> <p><a href="/geo-contact/M_Cavaiola/MCSO.Maricopa/gov">M_Cavaiola[at]MCSO.Maricopa[dot]gov</a></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/taxonomy/term/5" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">dog</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="administrative-area">AZ</span><br> <span class="country">United States</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Article Type</div> <div class="field__item">Press Release</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-migrated-former-nid field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Former NID</div> <div class="field__item">13977</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/images/_56R7517.jpg" width="980" height="721" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=11387&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="Did8cp7Cp--0DgvzzYgaGKi6WJoNEcIfFWaLoas0Bl4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 07:00:00 +0000 Petsmart Charities Staff Writer 11387 at https://petsmartcharities.org PetSmart Charities Commits to Granting Up to $1 Million to Support Emergency Relief Efforts https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases/petsmart-charities-commits-to-granting-up-to-1-million-to-support-emergency-relief-efforts <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">PetSmart Charities Commits to Granting Up to $1 Million to Support Emergency Relief Efforts</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2018-11-21T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00</time> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://petsmartcharities.org/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Yosha Brunson</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-11-21T07:00:00+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/21/2018 - 02:00</span> azannis<div class="article__body row"> <div class="col col-12 col-md-2 col-lg-1 offset-lg-2 article__body__share-col"> <div class="article__body__share"> <div class="article__body__share__circle"> <div class="js-social--lightbox"> <img src="/themes/custom_theme/images/png/share@2x.png" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col col-12 col-md-8 col-lg-6"> <p>November 21, 2018 – Phoenix, AZ</p> <p><a href="https://www.petsmartcharities.org">PetSmart Charities</a>, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, is committing up to $1 million in grant funding to support agencies working on the front lines to help pets and pet families affected by the wildfires burning across the state of California.</p> <p>                                                              </p> <p>PetSmart Charities has distributed $50,000 to California-based animal welfare agencies who are responding to the wildfires. One recipient of these funds, the Little Angels Project, is already on the ground treating injuries such as broken bones, burned paws and smoke inhalation out of a mobile veterinary center. As wildfire relief and recovery efforts continue, PetSmart Charities knows there will be an ongoing need for funding to help animal welfare agencies rescue, feed, care for and reunite lost pets with their families.<br />  </p> <p>“The damage from the most destructive wildfire season in California’s history has been catastrophic and our hearts go out to both the people and pets affected,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “We stand united with the state of California and PetSmart Charities continues to offer funding support to animal welfare agencies and nonprofits caring for displaced pets and pet families throughout the impacted areas.”</p> <p> </p> <p>To apply for emergency relief grants, eligible organizations are encouraged to apply on the PetSmart Charities website: <a href="https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/emergency-relief">https://www.petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/emergency-relief</a>. Funding is available to national and local designated response agencies serving pets and pet parents; including nonprofit and municipal animal shelters, animal rescues, food banks and veterinary clinics.</p> <p> </p> <p>When natural disasters strike, PetSmart Charities is committed to helping. So far in 2018, PetSmart Charities has granted over $860,000 to support Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael relief efforts. PetSmart Charities has reserved up to $1 million for the California Wildfire emergency relief effort, provided qualified applications for the total committed amount are received. For more information on PetSmart Charities, or to make a donation, please visit <a href="http://www.PetSmartCharities.org">www.PetSmartCharities.org</a>/donate.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About PetSmart Charities®</strong><br /> PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit <a href="http://www.petsmartcharities.org">www.petsmartcharities.org</a>.</p> <p>Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs">@PetSmartChariTs</a><br /> Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities">Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities</a><br /> See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/PetSmart">YouTube.com/PetSmart</a><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PetSmartCharitiesInc">CharitiesInc</a></p> <p> </p> <p>Contacts</p> <p>PetSmart<br /> Yosha Brunson, 623-587-2177<br /><a href="/geo-contact/yobrunson/petsmart/com">yobrunson[at]petsmart[dot]com</a></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-address field--type-address field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Address</div> <div class="field__item"><p class="address" translate="no"><span class="administrative-area">CA</span><br> <span class="country">United States</span></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-awo-content field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">AWO Content</div> <div class="field__item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Article Type</div> <div class="field__item">Press Release</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-migrated-former-nid field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Migrated Former NID</div> <div class="field__item">13881</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-teaser-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Teaser Image</div> <div class='field__items'> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/images/er-block-banner.png" width="275" height="270" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> <section class="col col-lg-6 offset-lg-3 col-12 field field--name-field-leave-a-response field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h3 class='title comment-form__title'>Leave a response</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=2334&amp;2=field_leave_a_response&amp;3=comment" token="Jp1oQXWoXuYFnqaYlpsHdRvTwXyksCsLatG0d3Aq0VU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://petsmartcharities.org/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-byline field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-published-date field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> <div class="field field--name-field-use-custom-url field--type-boolean field--label-hidden field__item">0</div> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0000 Yosha Brunson 2334 at https://petsmartcharities.org