PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart® Leap into Action with Emergency Relief to Help Louisiana Pets, Pet Parents Affected by Devastating Louisiana Floods

PetSmart Charities Donates Pet Supplies and Funds Totaling Over
$130,000 to More Than 10 Animal Welfare Organizations on the Front Lines

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PetSmart and PetSmart Charities are dedicated to helping pets and pet
parents every day — especially during times of crisis. Through a
dedicated emergency response effort, the leading pet specialty retailer
in North America and its charitable nonprofit are coming to the aid of
hundreds of animals left homeless by the Louisiana floods, which are
being dubbed the worst natural disaster to hit the U.S. since Hurricane

According to news reports, the rising water has forced more than 30,000
people to evacuate their homes. As well, hundreds of animals have been
rescued with a high percentage of them being pets. Local animal welfare
organizations are overwhelmed as they care for the rescued animals,
providing shelter, food and care and working to reunite pet parents with
their beloved pets. The emergency relief is in direct response to
PetSmart and PetSmart Charities’ partners requesting the support.

Funded by PetSmart Charities, a large 28-pallet shipment of much-needed
pet supplies such as pet food, cat litter, feeding bowls, leashes,
crates and beds valued at more than $80,000 arrived from the PetSmart
central region Distribution Center (DC) to Louisiana today. PetSmart DC
associates worked round the clock to get the shipment out to those in
need, while grant makers at PetSmart Charities worked diligently to
provide more than $30,000 in financial support to local animal welfare
organizations. The grants will help with the financial strain these
nonprofits are facing due to the increased need to provide shelter, food
and veterinary care for rescued animals.

“The PetSmart-PetSmart Charities team moved swiftly, and we are honored
to be able to provide this emergency relief support to pets and pet
parents in need in Louisiana,” said David Haworth, DVM, PhD and
President of PetSmart Charities in the US and Canada. “The residents of
Louisiana are in our hearts. So many have lost their homes and personal
property, and it’s our hope that the funding support and pet supplies
help our animal welfare partners in the region to care for these rescued
pets until all of them are reunited with their families. As well, we
know that the impact of these floods will linger, and we will continue
to provide support going forward.”

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare
organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly
500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all
PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each
year millions of PetSmart shoppers generously contribute to pets in need
by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the
registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and
efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of those donations by issuing
grants and providing other support to help pets in need. PetSmart
Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other
animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption
and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.
PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13
years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on
the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits,
placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this

About PetSmart

is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions
for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we
believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection,
PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their
pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts
everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates
and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000
associates, operate 1,466 pet stores in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart®
dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a
broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers
dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day Camp
day care services and pet adoption services
in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including,,
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and
PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more
than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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Golin for PetSmart Inc.
Danielle Bickelmann, 469-680-2503
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