New Partnership Keeps Homeless Families Together with Their Pets

  New Partnership Keeps Homeless Families Together with Their Pets

         PetSmart and Family Promise launch PetSmart Promise program

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- May 03, 2013

A new national program will help temporarily homeless families keep all
members of their family together – including their four-legged family members.
The PetSmart Promise program, a result of a collaboration between PetSmart and
Family Promise, will build pet kennel facilities at day centers for
temporarily homeless families across the United States.

The partnership between PetSmart and Family Promise, a non-profit that
provides food, shelter and support to temporarily homeless families, brings a
solution to the heartbreaking decision many homeless families have to make:
stay in a shelter and give up their beloved pet (since most shelters do not
allow animals) or live on the street in order to keep their family together.

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of PetSmart Promise, a nationwide
program to keep homeless families and their pets together,” said Joe O’Leary,
PetSmart Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Supply Chain, Marketing
and Strategic Planning. “Homelessness continues to be a huge problem in
America. Our hope is that PetSmart Promise revives the conversation about this
critical issue, and provides an innovative solution for families who are truly
in need.”

The PetSmart Promise program will build on-site dog and cat kennel facilities
at existing Family Promise day centers throughout the country for families who
are staying at the shelter and are in transition or temporarily homeless. The
families, who stay at the shelter for 60 days or less, will be able to
continue to care for their pet and keep their family – including their
four-legged members – together during a difficult time.

PetSmart established a pilot program with Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in
2012, and will expand the program nationwide this year, with the goal of five
new facilities opening each year until all 182 Family Promise facilities have
the opportunity to participate in the program at a level that is appropriate
for them. In 2013, on-site facilities are anticipated to open in Lake Houston,
Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; and Bozeman, Mont.

“With the success of the on-site facility in Phoenix, we knew we wanted to
work with PetSmart to take the program nationwide,” said Karen Olson,
President of Family Promise. “By working together, we can help temporarily
homeless families stay together and get back on their feet. It is incredibly
comforting to the children involved to be able to have their dog or cat by
their side during this time of transition.”

In addition to the on-site facilities, PetSmart Promise will offer a menu of
options for Family Promise facilities, based on individual needs and
limitations. These options include:

  *PetsHotels: complimentary use of boarding space in existing PetSmart
    stores, for families utilizing nearby Family Promise centers. Six
    PetsHotels are slated to be tested as part of the PetSmart Promise program
    in 2013: Houston, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Boston, Mass.;
    Albuquerque, N.M.; and Colorado Springs, Colo.;
  *Installation of fish tanks in Family Promise centers across the nation,
    teaching children and families utilizing the center about the care and
    responsibility required when owning a pet; and
  *Creation of a foster network of Family Promise employees and volunteers to
    house pets when a Family Promise pet housing facility or PetSmart
    PetsHotel is not available

The PetSmart Promise program will officially kick off tomorrow, May 4, at the
Family Promise National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of
services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs
approximately 52,000 associates and operates more than 1,278 pet stores in the
United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 196 in-store PetSmart^®
PetsHotel^® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider
of pet supplies and pet care information ( PetSmart
provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and
offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp^SM
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 the organization'sadoption centersin all PetSmart stores
andbysponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charitiesis the leader
ingrantingmoneyto help pets in need, with more than $28 million given
in2012throughoutNorth America.

About Family Promise

Family Promise is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping
homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. The
organization is based in Summit, New Jersey, where they were founded in 1988
on the belief that Americans are compassionate people who want to make a
difference. Today Family Promise comprises 182 Affiliates in 41 states, with
more in development. Family Promise programs involve more than 160,000
volunteers and they provide assistance to more than 50,000 family members
annually. Family Promise is celebrating their 25^th Anniversary as a national
organization in 2013. Since their founding, they have served about 500,000
people, including tens of thousands of homeless families who found temporary
homes at Affiliates nationwide.


Family Promise
Christina Saull, 614-323-0306
Andy Izquierdo, 602-290-4243
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