Funding will support animal welfare organizations and nonprofits working

to help pets in need following Hurricane Florence


Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America,

today announced a commitment of up to $1 million in grants to support

designated responding agencies working on the front lines to help pets

and pet families in need in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

“With disaster recovery and relief work underway across the Southeast

and Mid-Atlantic, we know there are hundreds of responding agencies on

the ground who need pet supplies to feed, house and provide veterinary

care to pets,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart

Charities. “With the support of our generous donors, it’s our hope that

this funding from PetSmart Charities will help provide crucial care to

pet families and displaced pets following this storm.”

Beginning Sept. 15, disaster relief groups can submit a grant

application to PetSmart Charities. The grants are open to national and

local designated response agencies serving pets including nonprofit and

municipal animal shelters, rescues, food banks, and veterinary clinics.

PetSmart Charities will fund up to $1 million in grants, provided that

qualified applications for that amount are received. For more

information on grant eligibility and to apply for an emergency relief

grant from PetSmart Charities, visit

For more information on PetSmart Charities, or to make a donation,

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes

for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring

people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all

PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities

helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter

pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to

nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of

support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive;

Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing 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 more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to

fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North

America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994.

Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3)

organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity

Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness,

accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in

a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this

organization. To learn more visit

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Melissa Wenzel, 623-587-2177