Well, LISTEN UP! I'm about to tell you how you can turn that purchase into an additional meal donation for a pet who might not know where his next meal is coming from! And you don't even have to cook or deliver it!
BREAKING NEWS! In a press release from PetSmart...
PETSMART® EXPRESSES ITS LOVE OF PETS WITH BOLD MOVE TO HELP PETS IN NEED, ESTIMATES DONATING MORE THAN 60 MILLION PET FOOD MEALS IN 2017 THROUGH ITS NEW BUY A BAG, GIVE A MEAL™ PROGRAMAdditionally:
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart announced today the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks.
Did you hear that, guys?!
Clockwise, starting at top right: Jon Farleigh, (former foster kitten) Effie Trinket, (foster fail) Lele, (foster fail) Maddox
Haha, I think they did! Check out this happy (short) video from the folks at PetSmart to learn more about this exciting (largest in company history) philanthropic effort!
Side note: Did you hear them say "Richmond" in there? Well, they did, and that's MY HOMETOWN RVA! Heck yeah, we're gonna be the reason PetSmart gives away a mountain of meals! Think your hometown can top us? 😉 Here's a head-start tweet I made for you! Just click the link and you'll go straight to a new window in Twitter!
"#ForTheLoveOfPets, buy ANY bag of dog/cat food @PetSmart (in store/online), & they'll donate a meal to a needy pet! https://goo.gl/KRh0nU" - Click to tweet.
Did you know...
Up to 7 million pets enter shelters each year, but not all pets in need live in shelter--some live with pet parents who rely on food banks.
Every single pet I've fostered for local shelters over the last few years (there've been over 30) has depended on donations or subsidization of food for nourishment. Sometimes part of my job as a foster provider is to provide that food myself (and I'm happy to do it). The truth is, pet food is a big expense (we can all agree on that), and any break in cost is a help. But imagine what might happen if the expense of providing regular, healthy meals for your pet became impossible to bear. Thankfully, there are food banks in local communities (like mine), that not only provide human food for those in need, but pet food, too, so beloved pets can stay in their homes, with their human companions, and out of shelters. Some communities even have food banks just for pets. All of these pantries depend on donations by the public (citizens and businesses).
All those babies were my foster pets, y'all! Three of them (Maddox, Frances and Lele) still are; I mean, I never took them back, and now they're mine! They all had one thing (besides being mammals) in common: they LOVED to eat! (Fit right in with my perpetually starving corgis!)
Will You Help PetSmart Give Pets Like These Some Free Meals?
It's SIMPLE! Here are the steps, between now and Dec. 31, 2017:
- Go to PetSmart (online or inside a store).
- Pick out a bag (or bags) of cat or dog food--any brand, any size, zero exclusions.
- Put it in your cart.
- Pay for it.
BOOM! PetSmart will donate a meal* (for EVERY bag you purchased)! So easy!
*Donated meals will be distributed by PetSmart Charities, not only to pet shelters and rescue groups, but also to food banks across the U.S. and Canada.
Perhaps Lele and I will see you at PetSmart?! #ForTheLoveOfPets
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Hmm, might be time for some more food....