Help Fight Hunger with the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program #fortheloveofpets

Posted on Mar 14 2017 - 4:02pm by Susan Bewley

Do you want to help animals in need? Learn how you can help fight hunger with PetSmart's new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program here! #fortheloveofpets

How many of you have pets that light up at meal time? In our household, meals are a big deal and usually lead to a happy little dance before snuggling with their food bowl. While they eat, it is sometimes easy to forget that not all dogs and cats are as lucky as our furry daughters. According to PetSmart Charities®, up to 7 million pets enter shelters every year in North America, with only 20% of non-profit organizations receiving food donations. As well, they found that 1 in 7 Americans depend on food banks to feed their pets, many giving up feeding themselves sometimes to make sure their pets eat. If you are anything like us, you want to do SOMETHING to help these animals in need. For this reason, we were excited when we heard about PetSmart®’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program!

As part of their 30th anniversary celebration, PetSmart is excited to be giving back to their community by helping animals in need. From March 1 through December 31st, 2017, every time someone purchases a bag of food from or a PetSmart location, they will donate a meal to a pet in need. It doesn’t matter what size or brand of food you purchase, as long as it is from the PetSmart website (US or Canada), or one of the 1,500 plus PetSmart locations in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is estimated that by the end of the year, they will be donating more than 60 million meals to dogs and cats in need!

Here is what they have to say about the new PetSmart®’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program!

“At PetSmart we love pets and we believe they make us better people. To celebrate our 30 years of continued commitment to helping pets in need every day and as a trusted partner to pet parents everywhere, we want to celebrate by giving back even more,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer, PetSmart. “Throughout 2017, every time pet parents purchase any bag of dog or cat food in our stores or online, they can rest assured they are also helping feed pets in need. When their pets eat, pets in need eat, too. It’s that simple.”

Do you want to help animals in need? Learn how you can help fight hunger with PetSmart's new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program here! #fortheloveofpets

So, where is the food going to be distributed? According to the PetSmart®’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ press release, PetSmart Charities will distribute the meals themselves to pet shelters, rescue organization, and food banks throughout the United States and Canada. This means that pets will get the food they need! They are just as excited as PetSmart about this wonderful program to help dogs and cats everywhere!

“We are proud to team up with PetSmart on this important philanthropic initiative in celebration of its 30 years in business,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D. “These food donations are key to helping animal welfare organizations free up precious resources so they can continue their life-saving work, as well as deliver pet food as an option at food banks and pantries. We look forward to seeing the impact this significant pet food donation will make to close the gap on this critical and essential need in animal welfare.”

So, are you ready to help dogs and cats in need? We can’t say how excited we are that every bag of food we purchase will be helping feed a dog or cat living in a shelter or rescue organization. We all know that shelters and rescues need all the help they can get, especially since the more food they have, the better the chances are they can help more pets find their forever homes! Ivi and Rylie are ready to help shelter when they help mom and dad pick out food at PetSmart!

Do you want to help animals in need? Learn how you can help fight hunger with PetSmart's new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program here! #fortheloveofpets

Are you ready to learn more? Make sure to check out the PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program and see how you can help dogs and cats in your community today!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

73 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Amber Ludwig March 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Aw, I just adore this!! Like humans, I don’t think that any pet should go hungry!! Im glad to see a company giving back!

  2. Terry Poage March 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    So happy to see Pet Smart doing this. I will buy one next time I go there.

  3. Shelley March 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Love that Petsmart is giving back. This is such a great way to help out animal shelters and rescue organizations!

  4. Deborah D March 15, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

    I wish I had a pet because I would definitely buy this food. I love what this company is doing.

  5. April Monty March 15, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    How awesome..i love this idea ,we all need a bit of help now and then,even our animals do

  6. monique s March 15, 2017 at 8:28 am - Reply

    what a great program to help pets. Such a winner idea

  7. Pat S March 15, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    This is wonderful! It’s great that it is for 10 months!

  8. sandra March 15, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    what a nice program. I like that you don’t need to do anything but make your usual purchases

  9. Pat S March 15, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I posted this earlier but it did not show up. I’ll post it again. This is great that it is 10 months long! Thank-you Petsmart!

  10. Michelle Li March 15, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I like this. Glad to see there is some good news!

  11. lisa March 15, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I’ve seen this for people, but pets? If a person can’t even afford to feed an animal, maybe they shouldn’t have one. That’s just silly.

  12. Lisa Coomer Queen March 15, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! We will be sure to go by PetSmart!

  13. Lynne B March 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic program! Kudos to PetSmart!

  14. Kimberly Flickinger March 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    This is an excellent cause, I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Rhonda Tenderholt March 15, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This is a great program. I’ve shared it on my instagram page. I hope that they get lots of donations from this program to save these precious animals.

  16. gloria patterson March 15, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    this is a good thing…. hope they are also giving to food banks

    • Susan Bewley March 16, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Yup! Food banks and food pantries in the United States! I was so exited about it!

  17. Adriane March 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Now that’s a great program!

  18. Tamra Gibson March 15, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    This is truly heartwarming. It breaks my heart there r so many abused and abandoned animals. We live in the country and I have nurtured, healed, took in and fed so many and if course got attached to all of them. I wish we had a Pet smart near us. I believe the closest one is way over an hour from us. God bless them tho and all the people that help. Your dog’s could do an ad. They r beautiful

  19. Nancy Burgess March 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I hadn’t heard of this program before.It’s really great to be able to help.

  20. Sarah L March 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Great program. I always shopped at PetSmart when I had pets.

  21. April Monty March 16, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I love the idea of this! I don’t even have a dog and I’m about to get some dogfood 🙂

  22. Amy Tolley March 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing project…Great that there are projects out there to help with animals..

  23. Allie Clark March 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I had never known about this program. I’ve found a new appreciation for Petsmart and will find myself stopping in there more often now.

  24. Margot C March 17, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I hate the idea of dogs and cats out there with no food. This is a good idea1

  25. Michelle L March 17, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    What an amazing program. This is great.

  26. Tina M. Counterman March 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    We always make donations to shelters and at Pet smart for the adoption program they have. I am a pet person and have adopted all my pets.

  27. Daniel Scott March 18, 2017 at 12:42 am - Reply

    We buy our food from Petsmart and this is another great reason to continue.

  28. Mia March 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    This is such a wonderful idea because pets do so brighten up the lives of so many. Nice to be able to help our animal friends.

  29. Vikki Billings March 18, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I love PetSmart because they always give back in some way to animals. We have a pet food bank here in Kansas City, I have been blessed to have used them when I was having financial problems. I will be going to PetSmart so that I can buy a bag of food and have them donate a meal.

    I have entered giveaways before and won them, where the sponsor gives a donation to the shelter of your choice. I have done this twice in the past couple of years and I love entering giveaways that also give something to others. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Leslie C March 19, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply

    What a great idea!
    I love my puppy, he is part of our family & I can’t imagine how someone could mistreat an animal who just wants to love you!

  31. Sue E March 19, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I am going to go out of my way to buy a bag of food to help feed our furry friends! I just gained some new respect for PerSmart!! I ❤ companies who give back!!
    I do know what you mean about how happy they are when they know it is time to eat! I never want to let my pets down by forgetting to feed them! I don’t forget to feed myself or my human family!!

  32. Bonnie Lee March 19, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Wow this sounds like a great program!!

  33. Jan Lee March 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    This is a great cause and I’ll be telling my sister about this. She has a new rescue puppy so I’m sure she’d be interested in helping 🙂

  34. Cindy March 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    I like that Petsmart is giving back to animals.

  35. Elizabeth Neas March 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I love PetSmart! We bought a big bag of Blue Buffalo the other day. I think it’s great that they do so many things for pets in need!

  36. Christine A. March 19, 2017 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful program. Happy to contribute to it.

  37. Linda Szymoniak March 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I love doing whatever I can to help animals. I love things like the click-to-donate pages and things like this, where buying something you need and would buy anyway helps such a great cause.

  38. Barrie March 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    What an amazing thing Pet Smart is doing! No PetSmart close by…bummer.

  39. Shelley P March 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful program!! I love that it doesn’t matter what brand of food you buy at their store, that they all qualify for the program and supply a free meal to a pet in need. Pawsome!!

  40. Lisa F. March 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a fantastic thing Pet Smart is doing! And I really love that it is any brand and size and for over nine months! Think of the amount of food that will be and how that will help pets! Thank you, Pet Smart, for doing something to truly make a difference!

  41. Rosie March 26, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful program! I’d go way out of my way to go to Pet Smart so I could give them my business!

  42. Cheryl Chervitz March 27, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    This is so great. I work with a couple rescues and food is always needed.

  43. Vickie March 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Agree..awesome, needed program!
    I had no idea petsmart has been around this long!
    I’ve only been shopping with them a few years and my favorite store for ALL my pets needs.

  44. Renee Rousseau March 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    This is an awesome and much needed charitable project.
    Good job PetSmart!

  45. April Monty March 29, 2017 at 12:57 am - Reply

    This is a fantastic program for dogs everywhere!

  46. rochelle haynes March 29, 2017 at 7:06 am - Reply

    What a great idea sounds good

  47. Darla Peduzzi March 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    This is such a wonderful idea and your pup is such a sweet spokes-pup! So cute!

  48. Michelle S March 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    This is a good idea! I see the same concept in the grocery stores. You can buy a bag for a food pantry. I think these bags are easy for people to help animals or other families.

  49. Linda Manns Linneman March 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    This is such a great idea. I will let my son know as he has two labs. It is always great to be able to help others. Thank you for sharing

  50. Bailey Dexter March 29, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    What an amazing program! For the love of animals, buy a bag!

  51. Cynthia C March 30, 2017 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Thanks to PetSmart for the great promotion. It’s so nice of them to give back to animals in need.

  52. Kimberly Matlack March 30, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I like when companies extend a hand to help others whether it be fur babies, people, or other organizations that do things that help others. Bravo to Petsmart for caring about their consumers (fur babies) and helping them out.

  53. Edye March 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful way to give back! Petsmart is a great store.

  54. Lisa Coomer Queen March 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I am amazed by this program! Go PetSmart!

  55. Mia March 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I am shocked and saddened that so many folks have to rely on food banks to provide food for their pets. It is nice to know that their our programs out there to provide assistance.

    • Susan Bewley March 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      I was just as shocked and thought it was so sad. I never would have considered donating pet food. 🙁

  56. Judy Cox March 31, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I have seen this advertised on TV and I definitely believe in taking care of the animals. Nothing or anyone should go hungry and more organizations should help in certain ways.

  57. Laura March 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I love how these companies give back! It gives us more of a reason to purchase from them.

  58. Darcy Koch March 31, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Pet Smart is very generous to think of those pets who are hungry. I know it makes me more inclined to buy from them.

  59. Kara Marks March 31, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a dog anymore, but I’d like to get one again. This is good to know about–what a great program!

  60. Edward April 1, 2017 at 1:15 am - Reply

    This is such a great program, I only wish all stores had this type of program available, no pet of any kind should be left hungry.

  61. Margot C April 3, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I read upthread that they are including food banks. There are a lot of hungry people out there and their pets are hungry too!

  62. Amber Ludwig April 4, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I love and adore seeing companies giving back! Can you imagine if all companies did that?? The world would be such a better place! Our furry friend’s mouths are just as important to feed as the people of the world!

  63. Charlene April 4, 2017 at 11:35 am - Reply

    What a great program. There are too many hungry pets out there. Petsmart is a good company when it comes to helping pets in need. Keep up the good work.

  64. Bryan Vice April 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I love to see a big company or outfit give back to the community! i have a pet smart not even a mile away and we visit there all the time!

  65. april moore April 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    This is so heartwarming! So amazing that people care about animals the way I do

  66. ellen beck April 11, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Petsmart always is doing great things for animals. I know they donate to a lot of pet charities and have adoption stations on nearly every store. We shop there and always enjoy it.

  67. Minta Boggs April 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Petsmart is awesome at giving back to animals!

  68. Kayla Norris April 12, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Wow this is awesome. I have used petsmart for years until we moved a few months ago now a different store is a lot closer. I think using a little more gas will be worth it for this Cause. Thanks !

  69. Jay Jackson April 12, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Thanks for the article. This is a great story, way to go Pet Smart.

  70. gloria patterson April 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I think this is a great program and wish all of the pet companies would do something like this. It is sad not enough pet food gets donated to food banks.

  71. Margaret S Porter April 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    I love the way PetSmart gives back. this is a great program

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