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PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada Commit $2.1 Million to Keep Domestic Abuse Survivors, At-Risk People and Their Pets Together During Periods of Transition

Grants distributed to organizations across the U.S. and Canada including domestic abuse shelters, animal welfare organizations and more

BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 5, 2020 /CNW/ -- As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, another global pandemic looms under the surface ? domestic abuse and intimate partner violence. In Canada around 99,000 people a year report being the victim of interpersonal violence, according to Statistics Canada. As quarantine protocols remain in many areas to protect the public from the virus, many domestic abuse victims and their pets are finding themselves now trapped with their abuser. Up to 48% of domestic abuse victims do not leave their abuser because they are concerned about what will happen to their pets, and with few domestic violence shelters accepting pets into their facilities, survivors often feel they have few choices beyond staying in a violent situation.

This November during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada are continuing to keep pets and people together with a $2.1 million commitment to programs serving at-risk pet parents experiencing domestic abuse and other crises heightened by COVID-19, across the U.S. and Canada. Funding will support an array of programs such as pet-friendly domestic violence shelters, pet deposits for pet-friendly housing, emergency pet boarding and other initiatives to ensure pets and people remain together during uncertain times.

"Not only are pets a common reason why victims delay leaving their abusers, animal abuse is often the first indicator of domestic violence within a household," said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada. "We're proud to support communities across the U.S. and Canada to provide resources that bridge the gap to a safer environment for both people and pets ? especially during the pandemic."

Coast-to-coast, from the U.S. to Canada, grants have been distributed to animal welfare organizations as well as social services agencies for people fleeing domestic abuse, precariously housed people, those too ill to care for their pets and LGBTQ+ youth facing housing instability. Below is a summary of some of the Canadian organizations who have received grants to help prevent pet relinquishment or separation.

To learn more about PetSmart Charities of Canada and its Preserving Families grants visit: www.petsmartcharities.ca

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada
PetSmart® Charities of Canada is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Each year, more than 500,000 generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $21.7 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.ca

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