SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

October 23, 2007 19:23 ET

PetSmart Charities® Dispatches Emergency Relief Waggin' Trailers to California Disaster Area

Banfield Mobile Emergency Pet Hospital on Standby; Fundraising Efforts Underway

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 23, 2007) - PetSmart Charities dispatched two tractor trailers stocked with emergency pet supplies today to help the affected pets of the California wildfires. Each Emergency Relief Waggin' trailer contains enough pet products, food and supplies to support up to 500 companion animals.

One PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' was dispatched from PetSmart's (NASDAQ: PETM) Phoenix distribution center, and one was dispatched from the company's Ennis, Texas, distribution center, loaded with food, crates, beds, litter, tents, generators and other items required for the animal rescue effort. The deliveries are expected to be received by the city of San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium this evening and early tomorrow.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital®, a PetSmart business partner, has readied its mobile emergency pet hospital to assist with pet medical emergencies. The mobile unit is on standby status while state emergency officials determine needs and logistics. The 32-foot-long hospital trailer is staffed by two veterinarians and three veterinary technicians and contains a surgical suite, treatment area and ten kennels.

In addition, PetSmart Charities is raising funds to be distributed to organizations serving the areas most affected. Emergency relief funding will help fulfill urgent needs for food, crates, litter, beds, blankets, medical supplies and expenses, and vaccinations.

The public can make a tax-deductible donation to help the pet victims of the California wildfires and future disasters in one of three ways:

--  Make a credit card donation via the PetSmart Charities Web site at:
    www.PetSmartCharities.org
--  Make a cash donation at the register inside any U.S. PetSmart store
    from Oct. 24-30
--  Mail in a check donation directly to:   PetSmart Charities
                                            Attn: Disaster Relief
                                            19601 North 27th Avenue
                                            Phoenix, AZ 85027

    (Please write "Disaster Relief" in the memo section on the check.)

PetSmart Charities provides immediate emergency relief funding and supplies to assist pets affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, fire and other natural disasters. Funds raised for the California wildfires will be used to aid pets affected by this disaster. Any donations above and beyond what is needed to provide relief for pet victims of the California wildfires will be deposited in the general disaster relief fund to be used for future disaster relief efforts.

PetSmart Charities also provides emergency relief for pet victims of man-made emergencies including pet hoarding situations and puppy mill rescues.

About PetSmart Charities, Inc.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. (PCI) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. Since 1994, PCI has donated more than $52 million to animal welfare agencies and, through its in-store adoption programs, has helped save the lives of more than 3.1 million pets. To learn more about how PCI is working to help find a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit www.petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS.

About Banfield, The Pet Hospital

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1955, Banfield has become the largest pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 655 quality veterinary hospitals in many neighborhoods across the U.S., in the U.K. and in Mexico. More than 1,000 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the same level of care that their human family members receive. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, pet preventive care plans, extended operating hours, and is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program. Banfield, The Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of pets each year.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    Paige Donnelly
    PetSmart Charities
    (623) 587-2872 office
    (602) 418-8000 wireless

    Kathy Baumgardner
    Banfield, The Pet Hospital
    (888) 355-0595