PetSmart® Launches Holiday Philanthropic Collection That Gives Back to Pets and Children in Need Through December 25, and Even More on #GivingTuesday

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the people on your gift list who seem to have it all, PetSmart
presents an exclusive collection of holiday gifts for people and pets
alike. Best of all, these gifts have the power to do a lot of good.
Through Dec. 25, PetSmart will donate 10 percent of the sales from its
Holiday Philanthropic Collection to PetSmart
Charities®
and PetSmart
Charities™ of Canada
, the largest funders of animal welfare in North
America, to help pets in need across the U.S. and Canada. Last
year, sales from the philanthropic line raised more than $1 million, and
this year PetSmart expects to raise about the same amount for the
nonprofits.


At the core of the Holiday Philanthropic Collection is PetSmart’s
collectible line of adorable plush toys: Chance, Lucky and Stanley.*
These commemorative toys first launched in 2013 and are updated and
refreshed every holiday season. For the third year in a row, PetSmart
stores in the U.S. and Canada will conduct toy drives with Chance, Lucky
and Stanley for children in need by teaming up with community partners.
Through these toy drives, PetSmart shoppers are invited to purchase a
plush toy and donate it at an in-store collection bin. The donated toys
support toy drives organized by local children’s hospitals and police
and fire departments to deliver a holiday gift to a child in need.

“Giving back is a holiday tradition at PetSmart and it is essential to
the passion and purpose of our company,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer
experience officer at PetSmart. “Through our Holiday Philanthropic
Collection, our stores, associates and customers are able to help make
the holidays a little more merry for the pets we support through our
work with PetSmart Charities, and for children in need in the local
communities where our 1,500 PetSmart stores operate.”

Details on PetSmart’s Holiday Philanthropic Collection:

  • Chance, Lucky and Stanley* Plush Toys: A trio of kid- and
    pet-friendly plush toys that squeak when squeezed. Holiday shoppers
    can purchase toys to take home or choose to donate them to a toy drive
    at their local PetSmart store for children in need. All three retail
    for $5.00 each.
  • Holiday Throws/Blankets: A selection of super-soft 50 x 60 inch
    blankets available in 12 different colors and designs to ensure your
    loved ones and their four-legged friends stay warm and cozy this
    winter. Blankets retail for $29.99. One of the designs, featuring the
    slogan, “I just want to drink wine and pet my dog,” is already a
    top-selling holiday item.
  • XL-Plush Toys: Extra-large and extra cuddly plush toys come in
    four different characters: a brown dog, grey dog, holiday moose and
    penguin. Available at select PetSmart stores.
    XL-Plush
    toys retail for $19.99.
  • Chance and Lucky Gift Cards: According to the National
    Retail Federation
    , gift cards are still one of the most
    sought-after gifts this holiday season, with 61 percent of shoppers
    reporting that the item is high on their gift shopping list. Through
    Dec. 25, PetSmart will donate 10 percent of the initial value placed
    on a special Chance and Lucky branded PetSmart gift card to PetSmart
    Charities. It’s the perfect gift for a pet lover or pet parent who has
    recently welcomed a new pet into their home.

#GivingTuesday – a Day Dedicated to Giving Back

Since 2012, Giving
Tuesday
, a global day of giving, has been celebrated the Tuesday
following the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping weekend, to kick
off the charitable season. For one day only, on #GivingTuesday (Tues.,
Nov. 29) 100 percent of the sales from online and in-store purchases of
Chance, Lucky and Stanley* plush toys will be donated to PetSmart
Charities in the U.S. or PetSmart Charities of Canada.

PIN Pad Donations

Throughout the holiday season and every day in PetSmart stores, shoppers
can effortlessly contribute to PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities
of Canada through donations made on the PIN pad at store checkouts. The
nonprofit organizations – which together have contributed more than $300
million to date to directly help pets in need – administer and
efficiently use 90 cents of every dollar of the donations by issuing
grants and providing additional support to help pets in need across
North America. 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.

For those who would like a tax receipt for their charitable donation,
please give online at www.petsmartcharities.org
or www.petsmartcharities.ca.
A donation made in the name of a loved one who is an animal welfare
enthusiast can also make a meaningful holiday gift. Please consider
making a donation and write a thoughtful card letting them know of your
donation and how it will help pets in need.

With the help of PetSmart shoppers, PetSmart Charities, a strategic
grantmaker dedicated to ending pet homelessness, helping pets in need
and connecting pets and people, is expected to donate an estimated $30
million in 2016 alone. Funding support is granted to local animal
welfare organizations and nonprofits that share PetSmart Charities’
mission.

*Stanley plush toy is available online and in-store in Canada and online
in the U.S.

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 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 53,000
associates, operate 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico and 203 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.

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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.

About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization
that saves the lives of homeless pets in Canada. Each year more than
20,000 pets find Canadian homes through our adoption program in nearly
all PetSmart stores across Canada and our sponsored adoption events. A
leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has
granted more than $9.9 million to help pets in need with a funding focus
on adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet
overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity,
independent from PetSmart.

Contacts

PetSmart, Inc.
Lauren Sawyer, 623-295-3238
lsawyer@petsmart.com
or
PetSmart
Media Line:
623-587-2177