Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ FAQs
How does it work?
When you purchase a bag of dry dog or cat food at a PetSmart® store, petsmart.com or petsmart.ca between 3/1/17 – 12/31/17, PetSmart will donate a meal (5oz dog food, 1.5oz cat food) to PetSmart Charities® or PetSmart Charities™ of Canada to help feed a dog or cat in need.
What types of organizations will ultimately receive the donated food?
PetSmart Charities will distribute the meal donations to various pet shelters, animal welfare organizations, food banks or other similar organizations that provide food, shelter and/or other assistance to pets in need.
Do you have a goal for how many meals you hope to donate?
Yes! We hope to donate 60,000 meals or more! That goal is based on past sales for a similar time period. There is no guaranteed amount, as actual donations will be based on sales.
How will PetSmart Charities determine which organizations will receive food donations?
The allocation of food donations to beneficiary organizations will be based on PetSmart Charities’ evaluation of the needs among potential recipients, the ability of potential recipients to receive, handle and distribute the food donations, and where the donated meals can be most effectively delivered (“Review Process”).
How will food donations be allocated between dogs and cats in need?
It is anticipated that the allocation of food donations will be approximately 50% for dogs and 50% for cats. However, the exact allocation of meals between dogs and cats may be impacted by availability and PetSmart Charities’ Review Process.
Will purchases in the U.S. support U.S. organizations and purchases in Canada support Canadian organizations?
It is anticipated that each qualifying purchase in the U.S. will generate a meal donation to PetSmart Charities, Inc. (U.S.), and each qualifying purchase in Canada will generate a meal donation to PetSmart Charities of Canada. It is anticipated that each charity will distribute the donated meals to organizations within its respective country. The exact allocation of meals donated, however, may be impacted by the Review Process
How is the size of a meal determined?
A "meal" is defined as 5 oz. of dog food for a dog or 1.5 oz. of cat food for a cat based on the daily maintenance energy requirements for a typical adult pet (40 lb. dog or 10 lb. cat) in good health that is fed twice daily. Ounces as used for this definition refers to ounces of weight, rather than ounces of volume.
Is any portion of my purchase tax deductible?
No portion of your purchase is tax deductible. All donations are made solely by PetSmart.
Where can I find out more information about PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada?
PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada are separate nonprofit animal welfare organizations whose collective mission is to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. PetSmart Charities is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and PetSmart Charities of Canada is an independent, registered charity, both of which are separate entities from PetSmart Inc.
To learn more about PetSmart Charities:
19601 North 27th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027
To learn more about PetSmart Charities of Canada:
500-4475 North Service Road Burlington, ON. L7L 4X7
For more information on how to participate in the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program, visit our page in US or Canada.