Pets Can Visit Santa at PetSmart® Stores Dec. 7 & 14

  Pets Can Visit Santa at PetSmart® Stores Dec. 7 & 14

              Event raises money for local animal-welfare groups

Business Wire

-- December 2, 2013


Tommy, a Chihuahua and
terrier mix, poses with
Santa at PetSmart's annual   Santa will be pulling up his sleigh at PetSmart®
Santa Claws(R) photo event   stores nationwide to spread holiday cheer and
...                          pose for photos with pets during the company’s
                             annual Santa Claws Photo Event. Whether they have
Tommy, a Chihuahua and      fur, feathers or scales, companion pets are
terrier mix, poses with      welcome. Pet parents are asked to bring their own
Santa at PetSmart's annual   cameras to snap their pet’s photos with Santa in
Santa Claws(R) photo event   front of a special holiday photo backdrop and
which will be held in all    then make a $5 donation which will go entirely to
stores on Dec. 7, 2013 and   participating local animal-welfare organizations.
Dec. 14, 2013 from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. local time.
(Richard W. Rodriguez/AP
Images for PetSmart)
                             Last year the Santa Claws Photo Event raised
                            $770,225 for more than 2,300 animal welfare
                             groups and this is the 27^th year that PetSmart
                             has held the event.
                            New for 2013: Pics for a Cause
                             Pet parents can do even more goodwill for
                             homeless pets when they share their pet’s holiday
                             photos on Instagram and tag @PetSmart using
                            #SantaClaws. For each photo posted between Dec. 1
                             and 15, Purina^® Pro Plan^® will donate $10 to
                             PetSmart Charities, Inc. in the United States –
                             up to $25,000 – to help homeless pets this
                             holiday season.
WHEN:                        Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local
                            Saturday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local
WHO:                         Pets of all kinds and their pet parents
WHERE:                       All PetSmart stores throughout the U.S., Canada
                             and Puerto Rico
                            Visit for store
                             Pets with Santa and pet parents shopping for the
                             top holiday gifts, including the Motorola Scout
VISUALS:                     Pet Monitor, ThunderSweater, Luv-A-Pet^TM
                             Superman Chance, Bret Michaels Pets Rock^TM toys
                             and Toys “R” Us^® Pets Doggie Tail
                             Motion-Activated Dog Toy.
                             Photo Opportunities: News media are welcome to
                             attend the event and take photos of pets in our
                            stores. Please ask for a store manager upon
                             arrival or call the PetSmart media line in
                             advance at 623-587-2177.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of
services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online
provider of pet supplies and pet care information (
The company employs approximately 54,000 associates and operates more than
1,314 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196
in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. 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 PetSmart Charities’ adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by
sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in
granting money to help pets in need, with more than $28 million given in 2012
throughout North America.

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GolinHarris for PetSmart
Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
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