SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

March 14, 2007 06:00 ET

PetSmart Charities Introduces New Emergency Relief Waggin' Program to Respond to Future Pet-Related Disasters

50 Volunteers to Learn Emergency Relief Skills in Baton Rouge, La., on Wed., March 21

PHOENIX, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2007 --


WHAT:      Dozens of natural and man-made crises plague our country each
           year, and some of the most helpless victims are the animals.
           On Wednesday, March 21, PetSmart Charities will introduce a
           new program created to better serve pet victims across the
           continental U.S. called the PetSmart Charities Emergency
           Relief Waggin'.
           (http://www.petsmartcharities.org/programs/emergency-relief.php)

           Fifty first-time volunteers will be trained to unload and use
           items from the PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' in
           preparation for potential future disasters. Volunteers will
           learn how to operate a manual pallet jack, set up large tents,
           hook up and run a generator, and coordinate supplies to support
           a rescue shelter facility, as well as organize and communicate
           via the federally recognized incident command system (NIMS).

           The PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' program consists
           of six pre-loaded semi-trailers that will be stationed at
           various PetSmart distribution centers throughout the U.S. Each
           pre-loaded trailer will carry crates, bowls, leashes, collars,
           litter, food, tents, fans, a generator, and various other items.
           The program can be activated for natural or man-made disasters,
           hoarding or cruelty cases affecting 350 pets or more.
           When called to duty, each Waggin' will deliver its supplies
           within 48-72 hours to the designated lead animal welfare agency
           responding to the disaster.

           The Emergency Relief Waggin' program volunteers and supplies
           will be managed by the nonprofit organization Healing HEART
           Sanctuary.

WHEN:      Wednesday, March 21, 2007 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
           and 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

WHERE:     Holiday Inn South, 9940 Airline Rd., Baton Rouge, La.,
           225-924-7021
           This training event will be held in conjunction with the
           Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) Summit which
           occurs on March 22-23 at the same location.

WHO:       Designated volunteers for the Emergency Relief Waggin' program
           will learn how to load/unload the semi-trailer and set up
           emergency relief operations.

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 $42 million to animal welfare agencies and, through its in-store adoption programs, has helped save the lives of more than 2.8 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.

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WHEN:      Thursday, March 22, 13:00-13:15 ET

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