PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada Announce that All Donations Made May 6-20 at PetSmartcharities.ca or at Canadian Stores Will Go to Pets, Their Families and the Fort McMurray Community

Organizations Hold Fundraising Effort Dedicated to a Single Cause for the First Time; Alberta Stores to also Hold Pet Food Drives

TORONTO, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadians who would like to help pets and Pet Parents affected by the wildfire crisis in Fort McMurray can now make monetary donations to PetSmart Charities of Canada at PetSmartcharities.ca or at any PetSmart location across the country.  Funds collected for a two-week period, May 6-20, through the stores and website will support pets, their families and the Fort McMurray community.

In addition, PetSmart stores in Alberta will host a food drive with proceeds being directed to the pets and Pet Parents who have been displaced by the wildfire.  Local animal welfare organizations will pick up food from Alberta store locations and deliver it to pets and their families on a regular basis.

"We know that our customers are looking for a way to support the Pets and Pet Parents of Fort McMurray, so we decided to dedicate all fundraising efforts over the next two weeks to helping pets, their families and the Fort McMurray community during this time of crisis and great need," said John DeFranco, President of PetSmart Canada and Chairperson of PetSmart Charities of Canada.

To find out how you can help, please visit your local PetSmart store or go to petsmartcharities.ca.

About PetSmart® Canada 
In Canada, PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That's why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 3,500 associates and operate 113 pet stores across Canada with 7 operating 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, and pet adoption services in-store.  Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.ca , Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in North America. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities of Canada, PetSmart has helped save the lives of 200,000 pets since 1999.  In addition, PetSmart® supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people's lives—we live it.

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About PetSmart Charitiesof 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 cats and dogs 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 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.

SOURCE PetSmart Canada

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For further information: or to speak with someone from PetSmart Charities of Canada, please contact: Michael Bouliane, PetSmart Charities of Canada: mbouliane@petsmartcharities.org, 647-201-1155; Lindsey Coulter, on behalf of PetSmart, Inc.: lcoulter@webershandwick.com, 647-390-4841; PetSmart Media Line: 623-587-2711


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