PetSmart® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada Provides Supportive Response to Fort McMurray Wildfire Crisis

TORONTO, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ - In response to the wildfire crisis in the Fort McMurray area, PetSmart® Canada and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada have issued the following statement:

"On behalf of PetSmart and PetSmart Charities of Canada, our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray. We are committed to helping this community, and are working with our animal welfare partners to provide emergency relief to pets and families including at least $100,000 in financial assistance, pet food and products. Additionally, all PetSmart stores in Edmonton will host food drives and encourage customers to donate to those in need. To find out how you can help, please visit your local PetSmart store."

John DeFranco, President of PetSmart® Canada and Chair of PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

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 , and – 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 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 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.

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For further information: to speak with someone from PetSmart Charities of Canada, please contact: Michael Bouliane, PetSmart Charities of Canada:, 647-201-1155; Lindsey Coulter, on behalf of PetSmart® Inc:, 647-390-4841; PetSmart Media Line: 623-587-2711

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