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Emergency Relief

Our emergency relief program saves the lives of homeless pets by providing funding and supplies to animals in need.

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Emergency Relief Spotlight

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    Lana - Lana was severely malnourished and weak when she arrived at Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue in Florida in July 2010.

Funding and Supplies

We provide emergency relief funding and supplies to assist pets in three different types of situations:

  • Large-scale disasters (e.g. hurricanes, fires and other natural catastrophes)
  • Multiple-animal rescue disasters
  • One-animal victim of abuse or violence

PetSmart Charities® Emergency Relief Waggin'® Program

We introduced our PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' program in June 2007, to help the pet victims of natural and manmade disasters. Our six, 53-foot semi-trailers are pre-loaded with donated emergency supplies so we can quickly assist pets and the people working to save them. 


Our Emergency Relief Waggin’ trailers contain the following to help care for up to 500 pets:

  • Crates
  • Bowls
  • Leashes and collars
  • Litter
  • Food
  • Tents
  • Fans
  • A generator
  • Other emergency-related items

We strategically position our Emergency Relief Waggin’ trailers at various PetSmart® distribution centers throughout the U.S. We are ready to dispatch them to the designated lead animal welfare agency responding to a disaster in the continental U.S. as soon as transport logistics are complete.

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