Release date- 23032015 - PetSmart Promise Announces 2015 On-Site Locations.
PHOENIX-A national program that helps temporarily homeless families keep all members of their family together - including their four-legged family members - announced today five new locations. The PetSmart Promise program will build dog and cat kennel facilities at day centers for temporarily homeless families in five new cities this year: Helena, Mont.; Morristown, N.J.; Salem, Ore.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Lake Houston, Texas.
'Family homelessness continues to be an unspoken problem in America, and we're proud to be a part of the solution,' said Andy Izquierdo, vice president of Corporate Affairs for PetSmart. 'PetSmart Promise has provided over 3,000 shelter nights to family pets over the past two years. We're honored to enter our third year of our partnership with Family Promise so we can continue to help keep entire families together during what is certainly a challenging time in their lives.'
PetSmart Promise is a partnership between PetSmart and Family Promise, a non-profit that provides food, shelter and support to temporarily homeless families. The program 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. The families, who stay in the program an average of 60-90 days, will be able to continue to care for their pet and keep their family together during a difficult time.
'I'm so pleased at the number of families in transition we've been able to help through PetSmart Promise,' said Karen Olson, president of Family Promise. 'By working together, we can help temporarily homeless families stay together and get back on their feet. We've seen time and time again how important it is to these families - especially the children - to be able to stay with their pets during their time of homelessness.'
PetSmart established a pilot program with Family Promise of Greater Phoenix in 2012, and expanded the program nationwide in 2013, with the goal of up to 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. So far, on-site facilities have opened in Montgomery, Ala.; Wasilla, Alaska; Bozeman, Mont.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Akron, Ohio; and Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, PetSmart PetsHotel locations in 22 cities across the country opened their doors to the program to provide pets who couldn't be housed in on-site facilities a place to stay.
In addition to the on-site facilities, PetSmart Promise offers a variety of options for Family Promise facilities, based on individual needs and limitations. These options include:
PetsHotel locations: complimentary use of boarding space in 22 existing PetSmart stores, for families utilizing nearby Family Promise day centers.
Installation of aquariums in Family Promise day centers across the nation, teaching children and families utilizing the center about the care and responsibility required when owning a pet. 80 aquariums have been placed since 2013, with additional ones being added this year; 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.
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That's why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate approximately 1,404 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 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 day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Through petsmart.com and pet360.com, we offer the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 400,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people's lives-we live it.
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 25th 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.
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