In honor of National Military Appreciation Month in May and upcoming patriotic holidays, Phoenix-based PetSmart expanded its patriotic-themed services aimed at honoring the service and sacrifices made by the nation’s men and women in the military.
Now through July 4, 2016, one dollar from every Patriotic Top Dog Package and other select grooming, PetsHotel and training purchases will go to the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence’s Wounded Veterans Initiative. Over the past two years, PetSmart and its customers have donated more than $250,000 to Canine Companions through this philanthropic program.
"Since the launch of our collaboration two years ago, Canine Companions for Independence has placed personal assistance dogs with 44 veterans and helped to get an additional 81 veterans on the path to having a dog," said Joanna Zucker, vice president of services for PetSmart. "These patriotic services, and the proceeds that are donated to Canine Companions through shopper purchases, are just one way that PetSmart is able to say thank you to the brave men and women in our military."
The philanthropic patriotic services* available in-store now through July 4, 2016, include:
- Patriotic Top Dog and Select Grooming Services: Choose from select PetSmart grooming packages that include an assortment of patriotic add-ons, including patriotic bandanas and collar charms, as well as a red (cherry), white (coconut) and blue (blueberry) signature scent.
- Yellow Ribbon Pet Expressions**: Show patriotic support with a washable yellow ribbon stencil.
- Treat Time at PetsHotel and Doggie Day Camp: This includes dog-friendly ice cream with a crunchy biscuit topping and Snack Kong (PetsHotel offering only), a Kong toy stuffed with tasty filling.
- Pet Training: Pet owners can choose any six-week pet training class.
Canine Companions for Independence’s Wounded Veterans Initiative helps partner assistance dogs with the military veterans who need them. Since 1992, Canine Companions has placed 144 dogs with military veterans, with the number of dogs placed tripling since 2008. Many of those dogs are with men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and returned with spinal cord injuries, limb amputations or deafness. Veterans can visit any PetSmart store and learn about Canine Companions and what they need to do to get their own service dog.
*All services are subject to availability.
**Not available in South Carolina, Boulder, Colo., and select cities in California. Colors might vary by salon. Available to puppies that are age 12 weeks or older.