Buy a Meal, Give a Meal™ with PetSmart to Help Needy Pets

While I feel super lucky to be able to enjoy the love, affection and cuddles of my pets every day, I also realize that THEY are lucky to live in a home where they are loved and pampered. Unfortunately there are LOTS of dogs and cats out there who aren’t so lucky. PetSmart® is stepping up to help out and just announced the launch of its new “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™” program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and in all of their more than 1,500 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

That means lots of needy pets will receive a meal. By a lot I mean that PetSmart expects to donate more than 60 million meals during the run of the program from March 1-Dec. 31, 2017. The nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities® will be the recipient of the significant donation and they plan to collaborate with national nonprofits to help distribute the pet food to pets in need that are served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks. Read the complete press release here.


Our wonderful dog Toby, the German Shepherd, came from a shelter. He was found as a stray in the state of Kansas and brought to a kill shelter there. By the work of a great rescue group, he was rescued and then transported to our state of Minnesota. After first agreeing to foster him for the organization for a few weeks, we fell in love with him and made him part of our family for good.

e are still so appreciative of the groups that worked to save Toby and get him to the love and safety of our home. Work like that doesn’t just happen by luck. It takes the work and dedication of a lot of people. It also takes money – a lot of money! Relieving rescue organizations and shelters from the burden of having to pay for some of the food eaten by their rescued animals is sure to be a big help and will free up funds for other areas of the rescue operation. I’m hopeful that PetSmart’s program will help other dogs like Toby make their way to loving homes. By buying your pet’s food at PetSmart you can be part of the program’s success!

For more info, be sure to follow PetSmart on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1.' CatVills says:

    That’s a brilliant idea, pet smart is really amazing. My cats are love pet smart. I would also like to spread this.

  2. I like it when companies give back. That is so important.

  3. Giving back to animals is all the motivation I need. We will definitely be purchasing our dog’s food at PetSmart to help!

  4. I do realize there is a great expense. It’s so worth it though. Worth it and then some. 🙂

  5. We encourage everyone to get a shelter dog like you did. They deserve a permanent home too!

  6. I absolutely love when companies give back like this! It makes me want to support them all the more!

  7.' Dina Lindquist says:

    I saw a commercial for this the other day. I love the idea! There are so many sweet animals that need a good meal and some love.

  8.' Darcy Koch says:

    I always participate in a program that helps an individual or a pet. There are so many cats and other pets who go hungry and it breaks my heart.

  9. Like yours, our family has been blessed by the hard work and dedication of a pet rescue organization. Our is in San Antonio, Texas and has brought our family three dogs all the way to Portland, OR. We are always appreciative of ways to support anyone who is helping out rescue agencies, and will keep PetSmart in mind in the future.

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