PHOENIX, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Pets give so much to the people they love and this Giving Tuesday PetSmart is encouraging pet parents to give to pet families in need with initiatives that benefit PetSmart Charities. Funds raised throughout the holiday season will support animal welfare across the U.S.
In honor of Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, PetSmart invites pet parents to treat their pets and give back. For every purchase of dog or cat treats, PetSmart will donate $1 to PetSmart Charities, up to $140,000*, to further their mission to make the world a better place for pets and all who love them. To promote these efforts, Blue Buffalo, Merrick and True Chews have committed to donate $45,000 each to PetSmart Charities. Together this generosity will make an impact on PetSmart Charities’ work to help advocate and care for the well-being of pets and their families.
“We are grateful for partners like PetSmart, Blue Buffalo, Merrick and True Chews, and for passionate pet parents who donate to PetSmart Charities throughout the holiday season,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “As the largest funder of animal welfare in the country, these donations provide resources to keep pets and families together, connect shelter pets to loving homes and support access to quality vet care. These efforts strengthen families and local communities – when we give a pet a better life, they enrich ours, too.”
Chance and Friends
PetSmart is proud to bring back the Chance and Friends collection this year, featuring adorable dog, cat, llama, dinosaur, hedgehog, wolf and unicorn plush toys that will bring joy to pets and people. Throughout the holiday season, for each in-store or online Chance and Friends toy purchase, PetSmart will donate 20% of the proceeds to PetSmart Charities. For those who do not wish to bring home the toy, PetSmart offers the opportunity to donate the Chance and Friends plush toy to the store who will in turn gift it to local organizations that can spread holiday cheer in the community.
In 2020, more than $1.64 million was raised from the Chance and Friends collection to support PetSmart Charities’ funded initiatives, and more than 2.5 million plush toys were donated and distributed to people and pets in need in the communities where PetSmart operates.
“The whimsical nature of the Chance and Friends collection represents the kindness and joy animals bring to our lives,” said Kristin Shane, senior vice president of merchandising at PetSmart. “This year we are happy to increase the amount of proceeds donated from this collection. These furry toys help impact the lives and wellbeing of our furry friends and are truly gifts that keep on giving.”
Shop and Donate
Those looking to further give back and improve the lives of pets and pet families this season, can choose to donate to PetSmart Charities directly through the PIN pad as they check out at PetSmart stores or online, or can donate directly at petsmartcharities.org.
These donations add up to make a big impact and collectively, donors have given more than $475 million to PetSmart Charities to support animal welfare initiatives. To learn more about ways to give back to PetSmart Charities this holiday season visit petsmartcharities……..