PetSmart Charities of Canada Expands Focus to Address Barriers to Affordable Veterinary Care for Pets in Canada

Top sponsors for animal welfare passes 25 million dollars Milestone in grant funding and identifies needs in access to affordable veterinary care, pet food insecurity and disaster relief

BURLINGTON, ON, January 19, 2022 /CNW/ — Today, there are millions of pets Canada have no access to veterinary care, particularly in underrepresented communities. As PetSmart Charities® by Canada — the nation’s largest animal welfare funder — marks a 25 million dollars Milestone in giving over 23 years, Canadian charity launches new grant opportunities to meet needs at both ends of the line.

PetSmart Charities of Canada is expanding focus to remove barriers to affordable pet veterinary care in Canada

Ringing in a new year with an updated direction, PetSmart Charities of Canada opens up broader funding to improve access to affordable veterinary care, reduce pet food insecurity and support disaster relief. Robust adoption support will continue to serve the more than 100,000 pets that enter shelters each year.

“Today we join PetSmart’s customers, donors and partners in celebrating the significant contribution we’ve made to improving animal welfare,” he said Aimee Gilbreath, President at the PetSmart Charities of Canada. “The advances in public awareness surrounding the ‘adopt, don’t shop’ movement have helped millions of animals find loving homes. But we’re also starting a new chapter by investing in the improved health and welfare of pets and the people who care for them. We are forming new human services alliances to support the inclusion of pets alongside those in need. We believe people from all walks of life should enjoy the benefits of having a pet as part of the family. And as pet parents face crises, we know it’s in their best interest to attend to the needs of the entire family.”

To date, PetSmart charities from Canada has:

  • More than funded 25 million dollars in grants to support adoptions, residential communities for people with pets affected by homelessness and domestic violence, advanced veterinary education, spay/neuter services, disaster relief and more.

  • Helped more than 350,000 (or about 30,000 annually) animals find loving homes through in-store adoptions with local partners.

  • Support from more than 160 partners of the local animal protection organization (AWO).

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A new look for a new direction

PetSmart Charities by Canada marks the new change of direction with a new look. “Our original logo was known for its whimsical spirit. The new logo reflects our journey, with bold blue and red colors and a modern font. It’s still playful, just more mature,” said Celeste Calderon, Director of Customer Experience at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “And the slogan says it all in just a few words: For Pets. For People. For good.”

A History of Corporate Citizenship

In 1999, PetSmart, the leading pet retailer in the United States, opened its doors in Canada and have been steadfast in their brave decision not to sell cats and dogs in stores. PetSmart Charities by Canada was founded this year as a Canadian registered charity to fund local animal shelters across the country as the growing number of homeless pets called for massive support.

Over the years, the organization has built a network of support to more than 166 local shelters Canada. PetSmart® customers have been instrumental in generating robust donations. Other donations are made through estate planning and individual donations from donors who love pets and want to make a meaningful contribution to animal welfare.

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is committed to making the world a better place for pets and everyone who loves them. Through the in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores nationwide, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps thousands of pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grants to support organizations committed to and care for the welfare of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts bring pets to loving homes through adoption, increase access to affordable veterinary care, and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter, and emergency relief. Each year, thousands of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada directly on while shopping on and by using the PIN pads at checkouts in PetSmart stores. In return, PetSmart Charities of Canada uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as Canada’s leading animal welfare funder and has given more than $25 million since its inception in 1999. Independent of PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity. To learn more, visit

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