PetSmart Gives Back
PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home. With more than 50,000 associates, we not only celebrate
the power of pets to enrich people's
lives—we live it.

National Partnerships
Partnering with national organizations that enrich people's lives through the power of pets.

In Your Community
Empowering associates to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.

Hometown Heroes
Making a difference in the city PetSmart calls home.


About PetSmart Gives Back

  • $2 Million

    Over $2 Million dollars donated to the local community.

  • 200 Strong

    Has partnered with over 200 philanthropic groups across the US and Canada.

  • Vibrant Community

    Countless hours of PetSmart associates volunteering with philanthropic partners to make their communities vibrant and strong.

"When I heard about the PetSmart Gives Back program, and that our district was allocated funds to donate to a local pet charity, one group immediately sprang to my mind: Hand in Paw. As an Area Pet Trainer, I have had the fortunate opportunity to help several Pet Parents and their dogs become registered Hand In Paw therapy teams. This past year, I have been involved as a volunteer myself, and I am continuously overwhelmed by the generosity and hard-work of the volunteers of this program. I feel so fortunate to work for a company that believes in giving back, especially to such a rewarding program."
Blake Surrock
PetSmart Area Trainer

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National Partnerships

At PetSmart, we know pets make us better people and we want to share this experience with others. PetSmart Gives Back partners with national organizations that enrich people's lives through the power of pets.


    PetSmart partners with Family Promise, a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence, to create PetSmart Promise. This national program ensures families don't have to give up their beloved family pets just because they find themselves homeless while transitioning between housing.

    PetSmart Promise expands existing Family Promise day centers throughout the country to include facilities for families to keep their dog or cat at the shelter with them. The families are involved in caring for their pet and are able to keep their family - including their four-legged members - together during a difficult time.

    The concept initiated with an on-site kennel facility at Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in 2012 and launched nationally in 2013.

    PetSmart Promise offers a menu of options for Family Promise facilities, based on individual needs and limitations. These options include:

    • On-site pet housing facility for cats and dogs.
    • An expansion into 24 PetSmart PetsHotel boarding facilities, providing complimentary use of boarding space in existing PetSmart stores for families utilizing nearby Family Promise centers. Banfield Pet Hospital provides free veterinary consultations and services to ensure participating pets receive the preventive care they need.
    • Installation of fish tanks in Family Promise centers across the nation, teaching children and families utilizing the center the care and responsibility required when owning a pet.
    • Creation of a fostering toolkit for Family Promise employees and volunteers to house pets when a Family Promise pet housing facility or PetSmart PetsHotel is not available.

    PetSmart Promise's goal is to open five new on-site facilities each year until all Family Promise Affiliates have the opportunity to participate in the program at a level that is appropriate for them.

    Currently, seven Family Promise Affiliates have on-site facilities:

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Bozeman, MT
    • Fayetteville, NC
    • Akron, OH
    • Montgomery, AL
    • Cincinnati, OH
    • Wasilla, AK

    Coming soon in 2015:

    • Harrisburg, PA
    • Helena, MT
    • Lake Houston, TX
    • Morristown, NJ
    • Salem, OR

    To learn more about Family Promise, including donation and volunteer opportunities, please visit


    PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence, in support of Canine Companions' Wounded Veterans Initiative. The partnership helps increase access to assistance dogs for the military veterans who need them. Since 1992, Canine Companions has placed 102 dogs with military veterans, with the number of dogs placed tripling since 2008. Many of those dogs have been placed with men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned with spinal cord injuries, limb amputations and deafness. PetSmart's support also helps to raise awareness of service dogs among veterans and other pet parents. Currently, a veteran can visit any PetSmart store and learn about Canine Companions and what they need to do to get their own service dog.

    Click here for a clip about the partnership from CNN.

    To learn more about Canine Companions for Independence, please visit


    PetSmart opened the first portable community pop-up park, also known as PetSmart P.U.P., in Phoenix in December of 2013. Together with the Mayor of Phoenix and Keep Phoenix Beautiful, we developed this concept as a part of a larger multi-use plan to leverage vacant land in a sustainable way.

    The P.U.P. is a unique portable dog park that arrives at its venue with all of the dog park components inside a shipping container. It includes moveable bench seating, Oops waste stations, ramps and much more. The P.U.P. is the first of its kind in America, and can also be used for adoption events, emergency relief efforts and other charitable events throughout the community.

    PetSmart plans to deploy up to five P.U.P.s across the country every year.

    Currently, there are four P.U.P.s in the United States:

    • Phoenix, Arizona
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Sacramento, California
    • Slidell, Louisiana

Hometown Heroes

PetSmart is proud to call Phoenix home and believes in supporting organizations that improve the lives of people in its backyard. Through partnerships with organizations supporting underserved communities, PetSmart Gives Back is making a difference throughout the Valley.

PetSmart is proud to recognize our current partners.


    Pet Partners is committed to creating training tools relevant to the situations, individuals and challenges pet therapy volunteers may be faced with as they conduct animal-assisted interactions. This national partnership helps support the enhanced training and continuing education of 11,000 volunteer therapy animal teams.


    PetSmart has partnered with the Arizona Humane Society in an effort to care for and protect the animals of those who are protecting us around the world. Launched as a response to the events on September 11, Project Active Duty is a way to give back to the brave men and women serving our country. The program allows pet parents leaving for a tour of duty to entrust their pets with AHS, providing not only peace of mind during their deployment, but comfort knowing that when they return, their pet will be waiting for them.


    PetSmart partners with the City of Phoenix to assist in the funding of an off-leash dog park every year for five years.


    The PetSmart Pet Food Pantry at Desert Mission Food Bank has been a success. PetSmart donates 5,880 pounds of dog and cat food each month to help struggling families keep their human food on their table and pet food bowls full. Volunteers package bulk pet food into three-pound bags and place in the PetSmart Pet Food Pantry display case for food bank clients to pick up while they shop for food.


    PetSmart sponsors Fresh Start Women's Foundation's Mentoring Program. The program empowers women to transform their lives through engagement with a mentor. Mentees work with mentors in the community to achieve goals based on one of four tracks; career, education, entrepreneurship or financial self-sufficiency. With PetSmart's support, mentoring services have expanded to include the Fresh Start WISE GED Test Preparation course. Fresh Start has had 33 women participate and the program continues to expand.


    PetSmart partners with Gabriel's Angels to help deliver healing pet therapy to at-risk children to enhance the quality of their lives forever. PetSmart's sponsorship helps supports Gabriel's Angels' Pet Therapy Teams. The therapy teams, made up of an individual and his/her companion pet, engage children to develop and improve healthy core behaviors that are critical to normal development.


    Through PetSmart's Pro-Bone-O Legal program, PetSmart is proud to sponsor Logan, a therapy horse at the Horse Rhythm Foundation. Horse Rhythm Foundation is a nonprofit organization designed to offer specialized services for veterans, first responders and their families suffering with mental health disorders and physical disabilities due to combat or public safety tragedies. Horse Rhythm Foundation offers equine-assisted services that recognize and honor the basic values of our military, law enforcement and firefighters, as well as their families. In addition to monetary funding, PetSmart also assists Horse Rhythm with legal consultation.


    PetSmart is a proud sponsor of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office's K-9 Victim Support Program. Sam, a golden retriever, is a service dog trained to work with victims of crime. Young victims are often traumatized by heinous crimes and intimidated by the criminal justice system. Sam provides the support needed for these victims to successfully attend court and confront their perpetrator. In 2015, PetSmart's support allowed a second service dog, Tori, to join Sam in his work with victims of crime.


    PetSmart sponsors ONE Community's CHANGE Agent award in support of the Unity Pledge. The UNITY Pledge is a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies. ONE Community's mission is to create a coalition of socially responsible businesses and individuals who support diversity, inclusion and equality.

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    PetSmart teams up with one*n*ten to help enhance the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered and Questioning youth. PetSmart's donations fund OUTdoors! Camp, one*n*ten's summer camp in Northern Arizona. The mission of the camp is to help LGBTQ kids develop leadership skills, work in collaborative ways and develop a strong sense of self and community.


    PetSmart partners with the Special Olympics Arizona's Healthy Athlete's program to provide for animal assisted therapy at the Special Olympics Summer Games.


    PetSmart has teamed up with Sojourner Center to help fund an on-site pet boarding facility. Unfortunately, most domestic violence shelters do not accept pets, forcing women and children to leave behind a part of their family when fleeing a violent situation. PetSmart and Sojourner Center hope that with the addition of this pet facility, more families will be able to safely stay together.


    Through PetSmart's Pro-Bone-O Legal program, PetSmart is proud to sponsor Street Law's Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program at South Mountain High School. Members of PetSmart's Legal team volunteered their time at the high school to teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers. The program culminated with a student conference at PetSmart's headquarters.


    PetSmart partners with Tumbleweed to ensure every young person is valued, supported and has a safe place to live, grow and thrive. Tumbleweed works to provide a safe space for collaborating with youth and young adults in our community who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness. In addition to monetarily supporting the Emergency Youth Services program, PetSmart volunteers have renovated two rooms in Tempe and Phoenix to create the PetSmart Safe Havens, comfortable places pets can stay while the youth are using their services.


    PetSmart supports the Valley of the Sun United Way through our annual Be the Difference associate giving campaign. Associates also volunteer their time at United Way agencies across the Valley.


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