PetSmart Charities has committed up to $1 million to help ease the negative impacts animal groups are facing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to some animal welfare organizations, it is likely fewer people will be considering adoption and more pet owners will have to surrender pets due to health or economic hardship. As a result, the number of homeless pets is expected to increase, officials said.
The funds will support both the animal shelters caring for pets and organizations that are helping pet owners. PetSmart Charities is focusing on the areas with the highest number of reported the coronavirus cases in the United States and Canada, including portions of California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York and all provinces across Canada.
"As an organization dedicated to supporting pets and the people who love them, PetSmart Charities remains committed to the health and welfare of pets during this unprecedented time, and our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19," said Chris McCurdy, interim president at PetSmart Charities. "We pledge to remain nimble as the need grows during this pandemic. Whether you are a shelter overwhelmed with the intake of homeless pets or an organization that provides resources to pet parents concerned about how they will care for their pets due to quarantine, we’re here for you."
Officials also noted that PetSmart stores across North America will remain open to provide indispensable pet products like food, but also services and veterinary care, officials said, adding that they will keep health and safety a top priority for pets, customers and associates.