PetSmart and Family Promise program kicks off its second year with
five new locations
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 7, 2014--
A national program that helps temporarily homeless families keep all
members of their family together – including their four-legged family
members – officially kicked off its second year today with the
announcement of five new locations. The PetSmart
Promise program will build dog and cat kennel facilities at day
centers for temporarily homeless families across the United States in
five new cities this year: Akron, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Montgomery,
Ala.; Morristown, N.J.; and Wasilla, Alaska.
“Following the hugely successful first year of the PetSmart Promise
program, I’m excited to announce the official launch of the second year
and these five new on-site locations,” said David Lenhardt, Chief
Executive Officer at PetSmart. “Family homelessness continues to be a
large problem in America, and we’re honored to be entering into the
second year of our partnership with Family Promise so we can keep even
more families and their pets together while they get back on their feet.”
PetSmart Promise is a partnership between PetSmart
Promise, a non-profit that provides food, shelter and support to
temporarily homeless families. The program brings a solution to the
heartbreaking decision many homeless families have to make: stay in a
shelter and give up their beloved pet (since most shelters do not allow
animals) or live on the street in order to keep their family together.
The families, who stay in the program an average of nine weeks, will be
able to continue to care for their pet and keep their family together
during a difficult time.
“After taking the program nationwide in 2013, we’re pleased to be
working together with PetSmart to expand the number of on-site kennel
services we can offer our families in transition,” said Karen Olson,
President of Family Promise. “By working together, we can help
temporarily homeless families stay together and get back on their feet.
We’ve seen time and time again how important it is to these families –
especially the children – to be able to stay with their pets during
their time of homelessness.”
PetSmart established a pilot program with Family Promise of Greater
Phoenix in 2012, and expanded the program nationwide last year, with the
goal of five new facilities opening each year until all 182 Family
Promise facilities have the opportunity to participate in the program at
a level that is appropriate for them. In 2013, on-site facilities opened
in Bozeman, Mont. and Fayetteville, N.C. In addition, PetSmart
PetsHotels® in Houston, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Boston,
Mass.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. opened their doors
to the program to provide pets who couldn’t be housed in on-site
facilities a place to stay.
In addition to the on-site facilities, PetSmart Promise offers a menu of
options for Family Promise facilities, based on individual needs and
limitations. These options include:
PetsHotels: complimentary use of boarding
space in existing PetSmart stores, for families utilizing nearby
Family Promise centers. Following the successful launch of six
PetsHotels in 2013, up to 20 hotels are anticipated to join the
program in 2014.
Installation of fish tanks in Family
Promise centers across the nation, teaching children and families
utilizing the center about the care and responsibility required when
owning a pet. 50 aquariums were placed in day centers in 2013, with
additional ones being added this year; and
Creation of a foster network of Family
Promise employees and volunteers to house pets when a Family Promise
pet housing facility or PetSmart PetsHotel is not available.
Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of
services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company
employs approximately 53,000 associates and operates more than 1,333 pet
stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 199 in-store PetSmart®
PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities
and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care
PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet
products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day CampSM day care services and pet
adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with
PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada, PetSmart has
helped save the lives of more than 5.7 million pets since 1994. PetSmart
Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada (collectively “PetSmart
Charities”) are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives
of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay and neuter
efforts. In 2013, nearly 440,000 dogs and cats found homes through
PetSmart Charities’ adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by
sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader
in granting money to help pets in need, with more than $34 million given
in 2013 throughout North America.
About Family Promise
Promise is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to
helping homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable
independence. The organization is based in Summit, New Jersey,
where they were founded in 1988 on the belief that Americans are
compassionate people who want to make a difference. Today Family
Promise comprises 182 Affiliates in 41 states, with more in development.
Family Promise programs involve more than 165,000 volunteers and they
provide assistance to more than 50,000 family members annually. Family
Promise is celebrating their 25th Anniversary
as a national organization in 2013. Since their founding, they
have served about 500,000 people, including tens of thousands of
homeless families who found temporary homes at Affiliates nationwide.
Source: PetSmart, Inc.
for PetSmart, Inc.
Christina Saull, 202-518-6480