PetSmart Charities® Springs into Action, Donates More Than $100,000 in Emergency Relief Funds and Supplies to Help Pets Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Continues to work with nonprofit organizations on the East Coast
to identify needs of local pets

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare in North
America, has donated more than $100,000 in in-kind supplies and
emergency relief funds to six animal welfare organizations to help local
pets in need on the East Coast following Hurricane Matthew. Through a
dedicated hurricane response effort, the organization continues to work
with nonprofit organizations in severely impacted communities in
Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina following the
destructive storm.

According to news reports, nearly 2 million people were ordered to
evacuate their homes before the storm, forcing pet parents to find
alternative housing to accommodate their families and their pets.
PetSmart Charities sprang into action ahead of the storm, working
closely with local animal welfare organizations to anticipate the
community needs unique to the area and to provide pet supply donations.

Before the storm made landfall, PetSmart Charities dispatched an
Emergency Relief Waggin’ filled with pet supplies donated by PetSmart’s
central region Distribution Center in Ohio to Gainesville, Florida.
Food, cat litter, dog bowls and wired crates were among pet supplies
sent to the region to help with displaced pets across six Florida
counties affected by the storm.

“The role of animal welfare organizations in and around impacted
communities is crucial before, during and after a natural disaster or
weather crisis like Hurricane Matthew,” said David Haworth, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “Through our work, PetSmart
Charities is able to identify immediate needs and quickly provide the
necessary assistance to pets and pet parents on the East Coast.
Unfortunately, due to the devastation that Hurricane Matthew has caused,
we know their relief and recovery efforts are just beginning – and we’ll
be here to help. ”

As local residents continue to sort through the aftermath of the storm,
PetSmart Charities anticipates an increased need for pet supplies and
medical examinations for displaced pets, as well as repairs for shelters
that may have experienced flooding and damage.

PetSmart Charities’ emergency
relief and disaster response grants
provide assistance in the event
of a natural disaster during all phases: rescue, relief and recovery.
With the help of our animal welfare partners, PetSmart Charities’
emergency relief efforts have assisted more than 230,000 pets in the
U.S. since 2007.

To apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help
local pets in need before, during or after a natural disaster, please
visit PetSmartCharities.org/pro.

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 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 1,477 pet stores in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico and 203 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
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 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a 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 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 the generous donations by issuing grants and providing
additional 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 is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.
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
organization.

Contacts

Golin for PetSmart Charities
Danielle Bickelmann, 1-469-680-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com