Miércoles 18 de Octubre 2017

PetSmart Charities® Teams Up with Feeding America® and Rescue Bank® and as Pet Food Distribution Partners for PetSmart’s Historic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program

America’s Largest Domestic Hunger-Relief Organization and the
Nation’s Largest Pet Food Donation Network are Assisting PetSmart
Charities in Distributing the Bulk of the Expected 60 Million-Plus
Meals* to Pets in Need; PetSmart Reporting Just-Launched Philanthropic
Program Has Already Generated 7 Million Meals

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PetSmart
Charities
, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America,
announced today that it is teaming up with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue
Bank
program and Feeding
America®
, two renowned national nonprofit organizations,
to help deliver the bulk of the more than 60 million pet food meals*
expected to be generated from PetSmart’s just-launched Buy a Bag,
Give a Meal
program.

Last month, in celebration of PetSmart’s 30th anniversary,
the pet retailer launched the unprecedented Buy a Bag, Give a Meal
program**, where it will give a meal to a pet in need for any and every
bag of dog or cat food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, in its more
than 1,500 stores and online at PetSmart.com and PetSmart.ca, including
through its automatic subscription-based service available at
PetSmart.com.

Rescue Bank will help distribute the donated pet food to animal welfare
organizations across the U.S. and Feeding America will disperse the
donated pet food to select food banks across the nation — all to help
feed pets in need. This collaboration marks Rescue Bank’s largest single
partnership with a pet brand, and this is the largest pet food donation
for Feeding America to date.

PetSmart Charities of Canada is also partnering with animal welfare
organizations in Canada to distribute the anticipated 3.6 million meals*
to pets in need in that country.

“When our partners at PetSmart shared this big idea to give back a meal
for every bag purchased, we were overwhelmed by the generosity and
thrilled to take on the challenge of distributing such a huge volume of
pet food — an expected 60 million meals — to help pets in need across
the U.S. and Canada. So we immediately started looking for leading
national partners who might be able to help,” said David Haworth, DVM,
Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities.

“PetSmart’s program is unique in that it’s targeting a crucial necessity
to feed pets in need in shelters and rescues, where a high percentage of
them live, and also provide pet food assistance to families and
individuals who are served by their local food pantries. We are thrilled
to be working with Rescue Bank and Feeding America, important partners
to help us get the pet food to the pets who need it in local communities
across America,” said Haworth.

Rescue Bank annually distributes more than 40 million pet meals to its
network of 1,900 shelter and rescue groups around the country. Pet food,
especially cat food, is consistently the largest request Rescue Bank
receives from its shelter and rescue partners.

“As a leader in supporting the animal rescue community with much-needed
supplies and services, we couldn’t be more pleased to help PetSmart
Charities donate pet food to thousands of rescue organizations across
the U.S.,” said Elizabeth Asher, Rescue Bank’s executive director. “Pet
food is a large operating expense for local animal welfare
organizations. These donations help defray overall costs and allow them
to focus on other ways to save more pets’ lives and improve the quality
of life for pets in need.”

Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks that provides food and
groceries through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs to more than 46
million Americans each year. According to the American Pet Products
Association’s 2015-16 national pet owner survey, nearly 45 percent of
the U.S. households have dogs and about 35 percent have cats as pets.

“As more families struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent
or buying food, some have to choose between keeping their pet and
putting food on the table,” said Bill Thomas, chief supply chain
officer, product development at Feeding America. “We know that pets
provide comfort to families and individuals, and those who are
struggling financially more than likely will also need food for their
pets. We are excited to partner with PetSmart Charities to help provide
pet food assistance to these families in need.”

“We are tremendously proud of this new philanthropic program and pleased
to report that this initiative has already generated 7 million meals to
be donated to pets in need,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience
officer, PetSmart. “We are excited to begin distributing the much-needed
pet food this spring and to continue with a steady stream of food
donations thanks to pet parent purchases of dog and cat food bags in our
stores and online and to PetSmart Charities and its alignment with these
great pet food distribution partners, Feeding America and Rescue Bank.”

Eligible human services organizations that wish to be considered to
receive pet food donations from the PetSmart Buy a Bag, Give a Meal
program through PetSmart Charities are encouraged to connect with their
local food bank using the food bank locator at www.feedingamerica.org;
animal welfare organizations are asked to apply online at
RescueBank.org. For Canadian animal welfare organizations interested in
the donated pet food, please contact Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship
Manager at PetSmart Charities of Canada via email: dmailing@petsmartcharities.org.

For more information on the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program,
please visit PetSmart.com/giveameal.

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, 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. We employ
approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 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. PetSmart
provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as
well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet
boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart,
together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of
Canada, invite more than 3,000 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 7.3 million
adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The
company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes
PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, OnlyNaturalPet.com, Pet360.com,
petMD.com, Pawculture.com, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that
helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their
home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet
blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms,
PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart
launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every
bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will
donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million
meals in 2017.

Follow PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmart
Find
PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmart
See
PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart
Charities, Inc
. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a
mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting
programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In
addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year
through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the
U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits
aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:
Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the
Bond Between People and Pets; and 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 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the
leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300
million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has
received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent
organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and
transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it
among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To
learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find
PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See
PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

PetSmart
Charities of Canada
is a registered Canadian charity with a mission
to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and
thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to
finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its
in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of
Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission
through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness;
Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and
Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of
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 efficiently uses 89 cents
of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal
welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart
Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered
Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca

About Rescue Bank

Rescue Bank, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, operates on the
national food bank model to community-based animal welfare groups that
typically lack access to resources. Rescue Bank recognizes that these
smaller, less-visible groups represent a substantial portion of
America’s animal rescue resource.

Rescue Bank works with name-brand suppliers to deliver donated pet food
for both the ongoing needs of more than 1,800 animal welfare
organizations and the immediate needs of communities after disasters
such as hurricanes, floods and fires. Since establishing its national
network in 2011, Rescue Bank has delivered over 200 million meals of
nutritious, wholesome pet food.

For more information visit http://rescuebank.org
or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/RescueBank.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads
the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food
to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal
programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports
programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates
the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation
that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities,
businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate.
Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org,
find us on Facebook or
follow us on Twitter.

*The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags
sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar
time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will
help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

** For every bag of dog or cat dry food purchased at a PetSmart store,
PetSmart.com or PetSmart.ca between 3/1/17 – 12/31/17, PetSmart will
donate a meal (5 oz dog food; 1.5 oz cat food) to PetSmart Charities to
help feed a pet in need. Visit www.PetSmart.com/giveameal
for more information.

Contacts

Golin for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann, 469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
or
PetSmart
Media Line
623-587-2177