PetSmart Charities® Commits $1 Million to Support Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

Funding will support animal welfare organizations and nonprofits
working to help pets in need following Hurricane Michael

, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America,
today announced a commitment of $1 million to support designated
responding agencies working on the front lines to help pets and pet
families in need in the areas affected by Hurricane Michael. This
support is in addition to the funding committed last month to support
relief efforts following Hurricane Florence.

“The catastrophic damage in the southeastern U.S. from Hurricane Michael
is immense and we know relief agencies on the ground need 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 essential care to pet families and displaced pets in
the areas impacted by the storm.”

Beginning Oct. 12, 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 $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 www.PetSmartCharities.org/pro.

For more information on PetSmart Charities, or to make a donation,
please visit www.PetSmartCharities.org.

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 www.petsmartcharities.org.

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