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Pets Can Visit Santa at PetSmart® Stores Dec. 7 & 14

Event raises money for local animal-welfare groups

Tommy, a Chihuahua and terrier mix, poses with Santa at PetSmart's annual Santa Claws(R) photo event ...

Tommy, a Chihuahua and terrier mix, poses with Santa at PetSmart's annual Santa Claws(R) photo event which will be held in all stores on Dec. 7, 2013 and Dec. 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. (Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Images for PetSmart)

 

WHAT:

Santa will be pulling up his sleigh at PetSmart® stores nationwide to spread holiday cheer and pose for photos with pets during the company’s annual Santa Claws Photo Event. Whether they have fur, feathers or scales, companion pets are welcome. Pet parents are asked to bring their own cameras to snap their pet’s photos with Santa in front of a special holiday photo backdrop and then make a $5 donation which will go entirely to participating local animal-welfare organizations.

Last year the Santa Claws Photo Event raised $770,225 for more than 2,300 animal welfare groups and this is the 27th year that PetSmart has held the event.

New for 2013: Pics for a Cause

Pet parents can do even more goodwill for homeless pets when they share their pet’s holiday photos on Instagram and tag @PetSmart using #SantaClaws. For each photo posted between Dec. 1 and 15, Purina® Pro Plan® will donate $10 to PetSmart Charities, Inc. in the United States – up to $25,000 – to help homeless pets this holiday season.

 

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time

 

Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time

 

WHO:

Pets of all kinds and their pet parents

 

WHERE:

All PetSmart stores throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico

 

Visit http://stores.petsmart.com/ for store locations.

 

VISUALS:

Pets with Santa and pet parents shopping for the top holiday gifts, including the Motorola Scout Pet Monitor, ThunderSweater, Luv-A-PetTM Superman Chance, Bret Michaels Pets RockTM toys and Toys “R” Us® Pets Doggie Tail Motion-Activated Dog Toy.

 

 

Photo Opportunities: News media are welcome to attend the event and take photos of pets in our stores. Please ask for a store manager upon arrival or call the PetSmart media line in advance at 623-587-2177.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). The company employs approximately 54,000 associates and operates more than 1,314 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. 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®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. (“PetSmart Charities”) are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 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 $28 million given in 2012 throughout North America.

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Source: PetSmart

GolinHarris for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golinharris.com