PetSmart Charities Announces $15 Million Commitment to Improve Access to Veterinary Care


The nation’s leading funder of animal welfare expands commitments to companion animals and people in need of support

PHOENIX, July 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — More than 70% of homes in the United States now include a pet. While pets improve the lives of their people, some 50 million pets don’t even have access to the standard veterinary care needed to sustain long and healthy lives. PetSmart Charities addresses this gap with a $15 million commitment in 2022 to support veterinary organizations and community changemakers across the United States Through grants and innovative delivery models, PetSmart Charities will tackle immediate problems and create lasting solutions that improve access veterinary care for pets in need.

Pet owners want to do what’s best for their pets, but access to preventative or critical veterinary care is out of reach for many. Affordability is cited by pet owners as the top barrier. Areas considered “vet care deserts” also have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and people in rural areas.

“We are committed to supporting people and pets and working to break down the barriers that keep pet families from living happy, healthy lives together,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “We have a unique opportunity to effect immediate and real change for companion animals through our grantmaking programs. By working with partners and leaders in the veterinary field, we hope to help build low-cost models of veterinary care. cost that can be replicated across the country to meet the huge need for affordable care.

Scaling up low-cost veterinary models

An organization receiving a grant through the commitment of PetSmart Charities is Emancipation, a non-profit organization that works to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to everyone. Since 2017, PetSmart Charities has helped Emancipet expand its programming and evolve its low-cost business model in philadelphia creamwhere its new location will open July 20. The new clinic, located inside a PetSmart store, also serves the philadelphia cream community where more than 500,000 pets live with families who lack access to affordable veterinary care.

“Thanks to the continued generosity of PetSmart Charities in funding the opening of two of our newest clinics in Houston and philadelphia creamEmancipet is one step closer to realizing our vision of ensuring that everyone in United States will have access to the veterinary care they can afford,” said Amy MillsCEO of Emancipet.

To date, PetSmart Charities has funded over $500 million in grants to support pet adoptions and animal welfare. Building on the impact, the organization is further committed to promoting access to veterinary care, reducing pet food insecurity, and supporting disaster response efforts.

To support these initiatives, people can donate to PetSmart Charities when paying at checkout at PetSmart stores or by visiting For more information on how PetSmart Charities works to keep families together and build healthier communities, visit

*Source: PetSmart Charities, University of Tennesseeemancipated


PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and everyone who loves them. Through its in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Porto Rico, PetSmart Charities has helped connect 10 million pets to loving homes. PetSmart Charities also provides grants to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. PetSmart Charities grants and efforts connect pets to loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care, and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter, and disaster relief. Each year, millions of generous donors help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at, when shopping at, and using PIN pads at cash registers at PetSmart stores. . In turn, PetSmart Charities effectively uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North Americagiving more $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent of PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 consecutive years, placing it among best. 1% of charities assessed. To learn more, visit


PetSmart LLC is the leading pet retailer offering products, services and solutions for the lifelong needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets and believe that pets make us better people. Every day, with every connection, the passionate associates of PetSmart help bring pet owners closer to their pets so that together they can live more fulfilling lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, how we support our associates and how we give back to our communities.

PetSmart operates approximately 1,660 pet stores in United States, Canada and Porto Rico, plus over 200 PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding in store. We offer a wide range of pet foods and products at competitive prices, as well as services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp™ and adopting pets.

PetSmart, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada working with nearly 4,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets to stores so they have the best possible chance of finding forever homes.

Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated over 10 million adoptions, more than any other physical organization.

SOURCE PetSmart Charities


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