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It is no secret that my corgis are always hungry! They would happily eat ten times per day if they could. So, they also enthusiastically support the new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program at PetSmart®. The program provides a super simple way to give to pets in need. Simply buy a bag of pet food at PetSmart and the PetSmart in turn will donate a meal to a pet in need. PetSmart estimates that it will donate more than 60 million pet food meals through the program in 2017!
Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program Details
PetSmart launched the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ In celebration of its 30th anniversary. Under the program, between March 1 and December 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks for every bag of dog or cat food purchased, whether online or at one of PetSmart’s retail stores. The program will run from March 1 to December 31, 2017.
David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities, reports that up to 7 million pets enter shelters every year. While awaiting adoption, they need access to pet food, which is a significant operating expense for animal welfare organizations. According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey of its animal welfare partners, only 20 percent of the organizations receive pet food donations and about 8 percent are on contract with pet food brands to receive subsidized pet food. Further, not all pets in need live at shelters. Many are with families served by food banks and pantries. Pet food is rarely offered at human food bank programs and it is not an eligible purchase item in most food assistance programs. This causes some families in need to sacrifice their own food by feeding their pets human food to ensure that they are fed. No one should go hungry, whether it be a human or an animal!
Watch the Video
See more about the program in the video below!
One of Eve’s favorite activities is visiting PetSmart. She is super social and she loves to shop! Needless to say, with the new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program, we will have more reasons than ever to visit PetSmart!
Through the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program PetSmart will help eliminate some of the struggles faced by animal welfare organization and food banks when it comes to providing care for pets. Our family thinks that is a great idea!
For 30 years PetSmart Charities has been a leader in adoption, saving more than 7.3 million pets’ lives. PetSmart Charities is also the leading funder of animal welfare across North America, donating about $300 million to date to help pets in need. We are thankful for all that they do to help needy pets.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.