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A brown tabby enjoys a meal from PetSmart's Buy a Bag, Give a Meal

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

We are a rescue family – one dog, two cats, and a rabbit, all rescues. I also have a full time job, a child, and of course, a blog. Although I do volunteer with several local rescue organizations, I wish I had more time to serve and money to donate. Unfortunately, I am always short on both! But thanks to PetSmart® and their new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™it just got easier to help more animals in need!

PetSmart will donate 60 million meals through Buy a Bag, Give a Meal

Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program Details

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart just announced the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and in all its stores across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need served by shelters, animal rescue organizations, and food banks. PetSmart expects to contribute more than 60 million meals under this program, the biggest philanthropic campaign in its 30-year history. The Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program runs from now through the end of the year. So, keep shopping at PetSmart and help feed hungry and homeless pets just by sticking with your normal routine.

A terrier enjoys a meal from PetSmart's Buy a Bag, Give a Meal

According to David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, up to 7 million pets enter shelters every year across North America. A recent survey by PetSmart Charities found that only 20% of the nearly 1,800 animal welfare partners receive pet food donations even though its one of their largest costs each year. Furthermore, it is estimated that one in seven Americans rely on food banks and pantries where pet food is also rare. As a result many families in need have to make the heartbreaking choice of whether they will feed themselves or their beloved pets.

But now, we can all help these animals by purchasing our dog and cat food at PetSmart – something many of us do anyway. Not only will the Buy a Bag, Give a Mealhelp animals in shelters, but it will also benefit those who rely on food banks. Having volunteered at a food pantry, I know this is huge need and will be much appreciated and save many lives. You can read the full press release here.

PetSmart, with its nonprofit partner, PetSmart Charities, has been a leader in adoption, saving more than 7.3 million pets’ lives – more adoptions than any other brick-and-mortar organization. PetSmart Charities is the leading funder of animal welfare across North America, donating more funding support – about $300 million to date – to help pets in need.

Ruby shops at PetSmart to help Buy a Bag, Give a Meal

Ruby is so excited about PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Mealthat she thinks we should celebrate by letting her eat at the table with us – just this once!

For more information on Buy a Bag, Give a Meal,  please follow PetSmart on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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


  1. Denise Gruzensky
    March 14, 2017 / 6:06 am

    I just love PetSmart and all they do for our fur friends!

  2. Mark Muller
    March 14, 2017 / 6:19 am

    Oh what a super idea…. I wish petsmart would come over the big pond to us too…

  3. Yamini MacLean
    March 14, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Hari OMBravo to Petsmart; in many ways this is better than just asking for donations… it's a kind of direct action thing. Again I say Bravo! YAM xx

  4. Molly the AireGirl
    March 14, 2017 / 9:54 am

    This is such a wonderful idea!

  5. Emma
    March 14, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Such a great program! PetSmart is very giving!

  6. The Menagerie Mom
    March 14, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Oh, I love that PetSmart is doing this. I always wish that there was more I could do for animals in need, and this is one way that anyone can do just that. Kudos to PetSmart! And thank you for sharing this with us!

  7. Julie
    March 14, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    This is a great idea isn't it…paws up fur PetSmartLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  8. Oz theTerrier
    March 14, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Oh Ruby, we did hear about this! It sounds like a wonderful program. So glad PetSmart is doing this!

  9. Madi and Mom
    March 14, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    It is about time for mom to buy another bag of my kibble I will be sure she heads over to Pet Smart…what a wonderful idea and outreach programHugs madi your bfff

  10. Two French Bulldogs
    March 14, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    Great idea. I don't know why we didn't hear about thisPeace,Lily & Edward

  11. Three Chatty Cats
    March 14, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    What a great program! I'd never heard of this before. Thanks for spreading the word.

  12. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    March 14, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    That's a fantastic program!

  13. Brian
    March 14, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    That is so wonderful and we hope many tummies are happy!

  14. McGuffy Ann Morris
    March 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Great idea. Bill feeds strays as he trucks. There are always a variety of strays around truck stops, as well as many factories, etc. Hugs.

  15. Becky
    March 14, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Good job PetSmart! What brand is Ruby's harness? I love it!!

  16. Lone Star Cats
    March 14, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    What a pawsome thing to do!

  17. Marg
    March 15, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    That is such a good idea. We sure will do that.Great way to get some meals to the homeless critters.

  18. MattieDog
    March 15, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    This program will help change the future for so many animals – thanks for sharing and we'll re-share with our readers as well!

  19. Edie ThePug
    March 15, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    This is just an amazing and easy way for pet parents to help out others! This PetSmart program is such a wonderful way to help those in need!

  20. Debbie Bailey
    March 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Love Petsmart for their charity work. Even adopted one of our dogs through a Petsmart Charity.

  21. Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm
    March 15, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    This is such a nice campaign for homeless dogs. Thanks for sharing the buy a bag give a bag.

  22. Nichole Burke
    March 15, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Kudos to PetSmart for doing this! We love seeing major brands support rescues!

  23. The Swiss Cats
    March 15, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    What a wonderful idea ! Pawsome ! Purrs

  24. Lola The Rescued Cat
    March 15, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    This is such a pawesome program. Thanks for spreading the news.

  25. Carleenp
    March 15, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I love that PetSmart is running this program. It will help a lot of animals!

  26. Cate
    March 15, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I love this program. Wish more companies would so things like this.

  27. Ruth Epstein
    March 15, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    My pet store does the same plus if you shop there and your pet does not like the product they give you credit and donate the open bags to rescues and they do many other wonderful things. I do not shop at PetSmart only because it is too far from where I live and do not have a car

  28. Allison
    March 15, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    The animal welfare group I volunteer with runs a pet food bank. Our local Petco and PetSmart donate food to them on a monthly basis. I don't if our group knows about this promo, but I have now emailed them about it. Kudos to pet stores that go the extra mile!

  29. Kelsie - It's Dog or Nothing
    March 15, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    We're so excited about this campaign! I love that PetSmart is providing such an easy way for everyone to help pets in need 🙂

  30. Jana Rade
    March 15, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Any bag of any food? Check.

  31. Dash Kitten
    March 16, 2017 / 12:49 am

    I love this. How inspired is that a company gives back and does it Big Time!!Yaay Petsmart!

  32. Unknown
    March 16, 2017 / 2:10 am

    SO happy that you're supporting this and that Petsmart is supporting dogs & cats! Dear Mishu

  33. Talent Hounds
    March 16, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Kilo the Pug suggests maybe I need to give him more food and buy more bags at PetSmart to help more dogs and humans in need. It is such a great program. Love that it is so easy to give back and doesn't cost extra.

  34. Sweet Purrfections
    March 16, 2017 / 2:33 am

    What a wonderful program. I purchased a bag of cat food from PetSmart last week, so I hope that purchase qualified.

  35. meowmeowmans
    March 16, 2017 / 2:41 am

    What a great program! Petsmart sure does good stuff for so many pets.

  36. Jessica Shipman
    March 16, 2017 / 5:03 am

    This is such a great program. It definitely makes me more likely to make a purchase from PetSmart knowing that they are giving back and my purchase will benefit more than just my two hungry pups.-Jessica from Beagles & Bargains

  37. Jeanne Pursell
    March 16, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Great program! We love all of your pics…especially the one of Ruby!! Headed on over to PetSmart soon!

  38. Sweet William The Scot
    March 16, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    We saw the commercial on television and thought what a great store and we are glad to know we shop at a place that cares about those in need. Yep I shop at PetSmart and I know when we checkout they always have a treat for me at the checkout counter. A wish for you on St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. May you have sunbeams to warm you, a moonbeam to charm you, a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. Laughter to cheer you and faithful friends.Sweet William The Scot

  39. da tabbies o trout towne
    March 16, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    guyz….we iz stoppin bye with 412847132047123704710475023501 kinda conga ratz & 984 paws UP and lots oh HOO RAYZ !!!!! we just saw de nooze… N we noe …ewe noe…that yur mom noez…what de food servizz gurlz a talkin a bout !!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  40. Seville at Nerissa's Life
    March 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    This is a WONDERFUL program, for sure. Purrs,Seville

  41. Seville at Nerissa's Life
    March 16, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    And CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations on your bein' a finalist in the Nose-to-Nose Awards. purrs

  42. Linda Rodgers
    March 19, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Petsmart does some really thoughtful things for companion animals and their guardians. Wish more pet suppliers would do the same.

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