PHOENIX--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The season of giving is upon us, and the holiday spirit has inspired Phoenix area associates from PetSmart and PetSmart Charities – nearly 2,000 employees from its Phoenix Home Office, local stores and distribution center -- to help people and pets in need this holiday season. This year, associates have banded together more than ever before to make impactful contributions to the local Phoenix community, demonstrating what the holidays are truly all about – a time of giving.
“As a Phoenix-based company, it’s our desire and duty to give back to the community that we call home”
“As a Phoenix-based company, it’s our desire and duty to give back to the community that we call home,” said Michael Massey, President and CEO of PetSmart. “This year, our associates in the Phoenix area united in extraordinary ways to make the holidays a little brighter for both people and pets in our local community and beyond. From fulfilling holiday wishes of children here in Phoenix to supporting soldier dogs overseas with much-needed dog care packages, we at PetSmart are tremendously proud to see the collective passion of our associates and the tremendous impact of giving this holiday season.”
Here’s a quick snapshot of the acts of kindness local Phoenix-based PetSmart associates have implemented in the community:
Give or Gift Program
While the holiday season is frequently deemed the most joyous time of year, it can also be the most stressful for families in need. PetSmart’s Give or Gift Program provided members of the Phoenix Home Office with an opportunity to “give” gently-used clothing, canned food and pet food or “gift” items to fulfill holiday wishes of local children served by Child Crisis Arizona. Together, associates fulfilled the wishes of 150 children, totaling more than $18,000 in donated gifts and supplies like diapers for families in need. In addition, associates donated nearly 2,500 items that will be distributed by Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank.
Bones from Home Supporting Military Working Dogs
According to Glendale-based Packages From Home, there are more than 2,700 Military Working Dogs (MWDs) active worldwide. While in the field, these pets have minimal access to proper nutrition, toys and daily care in war-torn conditions. To support these four-legged heroes, PetSmart associates assembled 100 doggie care packages filled with supplies for soldier dogs and their soldier pet parents on-duty overseas -- the most an individual organization has ever contributed to the newly launched Bones from Home program facilitated by Packages From Home. The donations went to Veterinary Services Medical Detachments overseas and included treats, toys, water bowls, paw-pad cream, bath wipes and grooming tools to provide temporary relief in unprecedented conditions.
180,000 Pet Food Cans Donated to HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank
During times of need or transition, pet parents will go to great lengths to make sure their pets get the care they deserve. To ease the anxiety of pet parents or families in need with a pet, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities delivered more than 180,000 cans of Good Natured™ dog and cat food to HonorHealth Desert Mission Food Bank to help those in need in the community feed their pets this holiday season and beyond. The donation – valued at nearly $290,000 – is in addition to the 7,000 pounds of pet food donated monthly by PetSmart and PetSmart Charities and will assist the organization in its mission to provide the necessary tools and resources for its clients to achieve food security for themselves and their pet.
Candy-Inspired Christmas Decoration, Plush Toys Delivered at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
For patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital who will be unable to celebrate the holidays in the comfort of their own home, volunteers from PetSmart Charities provided candy-inspired holiday decorations at the facility and delivered plush toys to patients. PetSmart stores across North America, including the nearly 40 stores in the Phoenix area, are conducting toy drives through Dec. 24 with PetSmart’s commemorative Chance, Lucky and Stanley* plush toys. The toys are $5 each and also give back 10 percent to PetSmart Charities. So far, more than $585,000 has been raised for pets in need, and over 1 million toys have been collected. Toys are being delivered to children in need across North America, including locally to organizations like the Phoenix Children’s Hospital to make the holidays a bit merrier for the patients.
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*Stanley plush toy is available online and in-store in Canada and online only in the U.S.
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 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 approximately 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 204 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register. PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.