Premiering on The CW Oct. 3, 2015, SAVE our SHELTER, Revamps Local Animal Shelters to Save More Pets’ Lives; PetSmart Supports New Show

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Premiering Oct. 3 on The CW’s One Magnificent Morning Saturday
programming block, the new television series SAVE our SHELTER, is
a program that showcases the renovation of animal shelters across the
nation to help save more pets’ lives. The show, which will air on
Saturdays, 11 a.m. ET, and is hosted by entrepreneur, pet expert and
founder of DOG for DOG, Rocky Kanaka, along with renovation specialist
Rob North, is partnering with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities to
highlight the importance of animal shelters.


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In each episode, the show’s hosts, Rocky and Rob, engage the local
community, including contractors and craftsmen, as they modernize and
energize the animal welfare facilities. Grants by PetSmart Charities
directly help renovate some of the animal shelters featured in the show.
PetSmart Charities also serves in a consultant role to the show,
assisting with shelter selection.

“We at PetSmart share a mission with Rocky, DOG for DOG and SAVE our
SHELTER
to save the lives of homeless pets through adoption,”
said Ted Passig, executive vice president, buying and sourcing,
PetSmart, Inc. “We hope our work on SAVE our SHELTER inspires
more people to adopt and to support their local shelters. We are excited
for viewers to see this new show and to purchase DOG for DOG at our
stores, a brand that gives back bag-for-bag and pound-for-pound to
shelters just like those served in the show.”

Kanaka said, “It’s long been my goal to find forever homes for our
overwhelming population of homeless pets. I started DOG for DOG to keep
homeless pets healthy while they wait for their forever homes. But, I
wanted to do more, so when the opportunity to launch this television
show and work with partners like PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, I had
to make it happen to save more pets’ lives.”

“Local shelters are on the front lines of the pet homelessness crisis,”
said Julie White, senior director of adoptions, grants and field
initiatives, PetSmart Charities. “At PetSmart Charities, we are proud to
work with nearly 3,000 shelters nationwide to fix and find homes for
deserving pets.”

Each show also features an adoptable pet in search of a forever home.
PetSmart follows their journey in a “Where Are They Now?” segment
featuring the adopted pets, their families and PetSmart’s free Adoption
Starter Kit, offered every day at stores to pet parents who adopted, no
matter where they adopt. The kit contains coupons worth hundreds of
dollars in savings on items like beds, bowls, collars and leashes, as
well as free one-time services such as a veterinarian visit, training,
PetsHotel® boarding and Doggie Day Camp™.

Each year, about 7 million pets enter shelters across North America and
some 3 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. PetSmart
Charities adoption events and adoption centers in PetSmart stores have
proven to be one of the most effective ways to save pets’ lives. Six
million pets have found homes through the program since 1994. And now
PetSmart and PetSmart Charities help save more than 1,000 pets a day
with one pet adopted every minute a PetSmart store is open.

PetSmart is also proud to serve as the exclusive national retailer for
DOG for DOG food, the natural brand that donates a bag of food to animal
shelters for every bag purchased.

About DOG for DOG

DOG for DOG is a dog food and treat company with a mission to help feed
dogs in need. For every product that is sold, an equal amount of
DOGSFOOD™ is donated to a rescue or shelter. DOG for DOG works with
animal welfare groups across the U.S. and in Canada to aid in ending pet
homelessness. Founder, CEO, & Host of SAVE our SHELTER, Rocky Kanaka,
gained celebrity support from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublé,
Chelsea Handler, and Amar’e Stoudemire hoping to make an even bigger
impact in their mission. The dog food is competitively priced, and is
formulated by top nutritionists with the very best ingredients. DOG for
DOG’s treat line is already available in PetSmart stores including
unique items such as DOGSBARS™, DOGSBUTTER™ and their full line of
DOGSTREATS™. DOGSFOOD™ will be available in Nov. at PetSmart retail
locations and online.

About SAVE our SHELTER

“SAVE our SHELTER,” a new series from Litton Entertainment, Populus
Brands and Heart United premieres Sat., Oct. 3, 11 a.m. ET on the CW
network. In the 17 episode series, “SAVE our SHELTER” follows Kanaka and
renovation specialist North as they hit the road to revitalize,
modernize and energize animal shelters and rescue facilities across
America. In each episode, the co-hosts engage the local community,
including contractors and craftsmen, as they transform rundown rescues
and shelters with the ultimate goal of supporting healthy and happy
environments to increase adoptions and save more pet lives.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart,
Inc.
is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions
for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we
believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection,
PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their
pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission 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 approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart®
PetsHotel®
dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a
broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers
dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day Camp
day care services and pet adoption services
in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com,
PetFoodDirect.com,
Pet360.com,
OnlyNaturalPet.com
and petMD.com
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart
Charities™
and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save
the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition,
PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to
call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart
Gives Back
™. By giving back to the communities where we live and
work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich
people’s lives—we live it.

About PetSmart Charities™

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that
helps save the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats
find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart®
stores and our sponsored adoption events. The nonprofit also funds
spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation.
Averaging about $30 million each year, PetSmart Charities grants more
money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group
in North America. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization,
independent from PetSmart, Inc.

Contacts

Golin for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
or
Golin
for PetSmart Charities:
Jennifer Kepler, 972-341-2552
jkepler@golin.com
or
PetSmart
Media Line: 623-587-2177
or
Mayer & Associates: Pet
Dish
for DOG for DOG
Vivian Mayer, 818-720-8846
Vivian@vmayer.com
or
Brie
Strohmeyer, 310-428-4592
brie@vmayer.com

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