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PetSmart® Wraps up Historic Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Pet Food Donation Program After Generating More Than 63 Million Meals, About 340 Semi Truckloads for Pets in Need

PetSmart announced today that it has wrapped up its Buy a Bag, Give a
Meal program where the retailer donated a meal to a pet in need for
every bag of dog or cat food purchased between March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017.
The program beat its goal of 60 million meals* with more than 63 million
meals generated. The Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program is the
largest philanthropic initiative in PetSmart’s 30-year history and is
among the largest pet food donation efforts the industry has seen.

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PetSmart announced today that it has wrapped up its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program where the retailer donated a meal to a pet in need for every bag of dog or cat food purchased between March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. The program, expected to donate 60 million meals, has surpassed its goal by generating more than 63 million meals. In collaboration with nonprofit partner, PetSmart Charities, who is teaming up with nonprofits GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank and Feeding America®, the donated pet food has been, and will continue to be, distributed to thousands of destinations to help feed hungry pets in need across the U.S. and Canada. Pet food is a rare offering at food banks and pantries and this program provides pet food so families in need can provide food for every member of the family, including their dogs and cats. This PetSmart program is the largest philanthropic initiative in PetSmart’s 30-year history and is among the largest pet food donation efforts the industry has seen. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are so pleased that, together with our shoppers who bought dog and
cat food bags at our stores and PetSmart.com, we’ve not only met, but
exceeded our goal of donating 60 million meals,” said Joshua Kanter,
PetSmart’s executive vice president of marketing and customer
experience. “To date we’ve distributed about 35 million meals to help
feed hungry pets in need, and we expect to deliver the remaining 29
million to pet shelters and rescues, as well human food banks, pantries
and meal programs across the U.S. and Canada in the first half of 2018.”

The delivery of such a large-scale volume of donated food presented
significant logistical challenges for PetSmart. In collaboration with
nonprofit partner, PetSmart
Charities, who is teaming up with nonprofits GreaterGood.org’s Rescue
Bank and Feeding
America®, the donated pet food has been, and will continue to be,
efficiently distributed to thousands of destinations to help feed hungry
pets in need across the U.S. and Canada.

Pet food is a rare offering at food banks and pantries, and pet families
in need often feed scarce human food to their pets. A unique aspect of
the program is that it provides pet food to human food banks, pantries
and meal programs so that families in need can secure food for every
member of the family, including their dogs and cats.

To date, PetSmart and its partners have delivered 35 million meals –
about 3,684 tons – of pet food via 188 semi trucks to pets in need
across the U.S. and Canada. The remaining more than 3,000 tons of pet
food will be delivered in 2018 totaling more than 63 million meals,
nearly 6,800 tons, across about 340 truckloads.

As a point of reference, using a standard six-inch pet food bowl, more
than 63 million meals lined up beside each other would span from New
York City to Los Angeles and back again – covering 6,000 miles. The
nearly 6,800 tons of pet food is about the same weight as 959 elephants
and could fill 2.5 Olympic-sized pools.
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 1,600 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 3,500 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 7.6 million adoptions – more
than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of
digital resources for pet parents includes PetSmart.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*. In May 2017, PetSmart acquired Chewy.com, a leading online
retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an
independent subsidiary.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmartSee
PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmartFollow
PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmartSee
PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmartPetSmart
homepage: www.PetSmart.com

Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.com
to learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center
opportunities.

*Ended 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart
Charities to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at
petsmart.com/giveameal. 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.
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.

Find PetSmart on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetSmartSee
PetSmart on Instagram: @PetSmartFollow
PetSmart on Twitter: @PetSmartSee
PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart
About PetSmart Charities™ of CanadaPetSmart
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 1,900 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.

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