Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Buy a Bag and PetSmart Will Give a Meal to Needy Animals!

Today PetSmart® announced the launch of its new “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™” program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its 1,500-plus stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need. The program runs March 1-Dec. 31, 2017, and PetSmart expects to donate more than 60 million meals! To read the full PetSmart “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal” press release, go here.

This post is sponsored by PetSmart® and the BlogPaws™ Pet Influencer Network™. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

PetSmart? Yup, PetSmart – Go to One Near You & Buy Some Pet Food Today!

“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.”

Buy A Bag of Pet Food and PetSmart Will Give A Bag To Animals In Need

This is made possible through the PetSmart Buy A Bag, Give A Meal program and will help thousands, if not millions of pets who enter shelters every year who are waiting for their forever homes (read: How to Write a Killer Adoption Letter to Get the Dog of Your Dreams for more info). While waiting, these animals rely on rescue groups, shelters, and foster to help keep them alive, safe and fed. In order to relieve the burden of food costs PetSmart is giving back, helping those organizations who put animals, our pets, first.

Factoid: According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey involving nearly 1,800 of its animal welfare partners across North America, only 20 percent of these organizations receive pet food donations and about 8 percent are on contract with pet food brands to receive subsidized pet food.

Also, this program helps pets who are a part of family where money is tight. Many food banks do not offer pet food, and that puts families in a bind – feed the kids or feed the dog. Most stretch their money and provide as best they can. PetSmart would like to help these people and pets by helping to ensure that they have quality and nutritious pet food available for their furry family member!

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For each bag of pet food purchased at PetSmart, they'll match and donate a bag of food to an animal in need! Read about it here, from Rebecca Sanchez, the Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog!

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How Can You Get Involved?

Buy a bag of dry cat food or dry dog food at a PetSmart store, or online at or between March 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. That’s it, the rest is left in the good hands of PetSmart! PetSmart will donate a meal (5 oz dog food or 1.5 oz cat food) to PetSmart Charities or PetSmart Charities of Canada to help feed cats and dogs in need. Donations will be distributed to various pet shelters, animal welfare organizations, food banks or other similar organizations that provide assistance to pets in need. For more info, visit PetSmart on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.

The Goal? 60 Million Meals Donated!

PetSmart hopes to reach its’ goal of 60,000,000 donated meals or more. Let’s help them reach that goal folks! I know our MattieDog readers love animals – and who doesn’t love to shop, particularly when they know that they’re helping animals. Let’s put our purchasing power together and make a big difference in this world! Who’s with me?

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author

A little dog making a big impact in this world!® MattieDog Gets Adopted, a dog's view of being rescued and adopted

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Rebecca Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the human-animal bond. Known as "The Pet Lifestyle Guru™" at MattieDog (her heart dog)! Rebecca is an award winning writer that blogs about her life with her doggos, and sometimes about her husband who reluctantly agrees to participate in her shenanigans. Rebecca's work can be seen in numerous dog magazines, and in her books on Amazon.


  1. I love this campaign so much. It really makes it so easy for all of us to help pets in need simply by doing what many of us already do anyway – shopping at PetSmart.

  2. Love that Petsmart gives back to animals in need. We adopted our dog Helo through one a Petsmart Charity as well. Great company. (Just wish they carried our brand of dog food)

  3. I love this campaign! There are so many pets and people with pets that will benefit from this program. And it’s so easy for the rest of us to help!

  4. This is a really nice idea for homeless pets. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We think it’s great that PetSmart is doing this program to help rescues!

  6. I love that PetSmart is doing this program. Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Great program although I shop at my local pet store chain that does a similar program plus they have Cats from Animal Control up for adoption in their stores.

  8. So excited to help share the word about this amazing philanthropic event! Love that it’s so easy for everyone to help pets in need 🙂

  9. I volunteer with a group that runs a pet food bank. Our local Petco and PetSmart stores donate food to the group. Kudos to pet stores who go the extra mile!

  10. Any kind of food? Today we bought some frozen raw 😉 If this applies to any bag of any food, that is a great idea so people aren’t forced to buy food they don’t want to feed and yet help.

  11. What an easy way to help pets while they wait for their forever homes!

  12. What an easy way to help pets while they wait for their forever homes!

  13. Such a great program to help pets and people in need. Easy for us and others to support at no additional cost.

  14. I love it that Petsmart is stepping up and taking action to help animals. Really impressive!

  15. I was at PetSmart last week to buy a bag of food. I hope this went towards this wonderful program.


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