How Does PetSmart Charities Help Animal Shelters

April 16, 2014

PetSmart is one of North America’s best known chain of pet stores. But did you know that PetSmart also sponsors pet charities that consistently get a five-star rating on Charity Navigator? Donating just a dollar at the checkout helps fund many worth charities and saves the lives of many dogs, cats and other pets. PetSmart Charities helps by:

  • sponsoring adopt a pet fairs
  • working with other animal welfare organizations to help pets and their owners in times of natural disasters
  • transporting animals from overcrowded shelters to under crowded shelters
  • gives substantial grants to animal shelters.

In Just One Year

In the year 2012 alone, PetSmart Charities helped save the lives of over 445,000 pets by getting them placed in forever homes. PetSmart Charities also helped donate grants to over 3,000 animal rescue groups in North America. In October of 2012, the East Coast was devastated by Superstorm Sandy. PetSmart Charities helped the victims by donated over 450 tons of pet food for relief efforts.

Applying for a PetSmart Charity Grant

Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has handed out over $27 million in grants for shelters in Canada and all 50 states of the US. Animal shelters can easily fill out an online application form available at the PetSmart Charities website. Three general types of grants are aviable:

  • grants to fund free or low-cost spay or neutering programs
  • grants to help increase pet adoptions for your shelter
  • grants to help fund emergency relief for animal victims of natural disasters and unnatural disasters like pet hoarding, dog fighting or clearing out puppy mills.

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