Emergency Relief Grants

PetSmart Charities

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Animal Welfare - Domestic Animals & Pets

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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NOTE: PetSmart Charities is evaluating conditions resulting from COVID-19 (coronavirus), and the best ways we can support our partners, pet parents and the pets they love. If you are an organization is working within the official COVID-19 response efforts, email [email protected] to inquire about possible grant assistance.

COVID-19 Update: Emergency Relief Funding

As we continue to monitor news and information surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), our highest priority remains supporting our partners, communities, and pets. This is an unprecedented situation with circumstances changing by the hour. 

Emergency Relief Grants for Covid 19 will focus on: 

To most effectively serve the areas of greatest need, we are focusing our support on the geographic areas with highest number of reported cases of coronavirus to date as determined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Emergency Relief Grants will focus on:

  • organizations working within the official coordinated response efforts to serve the pets of people hospitalized or quarantined due to the virus, and
  • high-volume intake shelters with increased number of pet intakes also due to the virus.  

PetSmart Charities: Emergency Relief

We envision a world in which every pet has a lifelong, loving home.

PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada are nonprofit animal welfare organizations that save the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart stores and our sponsored adoption events. 

Purpose of Category

We're here to help in the event of large-scale natural disasters in the United States and Canada. In case of an emergency, funds are available to assist during the direct rescue, relief, and/or recovery stages for qualifying organizations seeking to assist companion pets impacted by the disaster.

Grants can support:

  • Sheltering supplies/infrastructure, reunification efforts, necessary medical, staffing, meals, and lodging for volunteers/staff working with owned pets in impacted areas.
  • Purchases for necessary immediate sheltering needs for up to 30 days (gas/lodging, kennels, crates, carriers, food, waste management, bowls, leads/leashes)
  • Medical expenses to provide required and/or necessary vaccinations and immediate medical care for impacted pets.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations include:
    • Authorized designated responders as determined by the emergency Agency Having Jurisdiction, the organization designated as a responder by the Office of Emergency Management at the city, county, state, or federal level.
    • Grants can be provided to animal welfare and human services organizations if the support is to provide shelter to keep people and pets together.
  • In the event of a qualifying large scale natural disaster, grant applications are eligible for consideration for up to 90 days.
  • Organizations may only apply for one grant per disaster.
  • Organizations may apply for immediate funding after impact based on estimated needs in which case, the grant may be more conservatively awarded.
  • Alternatively, organizations may wait to submit an application with a more detailed and determined needs assessment.
  • If your request serves pets impacted by a natural disaster meeting the qualifying criteria above but the application is not active, email [email protected] to inquire about Emergency Relief assistance.


  • Requests not eligible for consideration:
    • Pet transport, whether prior to or after the disaster
    • Emergency preparedness efforts or requests for infrastructure or vehicles
    • Hoarding or animal cruelty seizures
    • Incidents affecting personally owned property
    • Self-deploying organizations (organizations not requested by the Agency Having Jurisdiction over the disaster response efforts)
    • Organizations depopulating or pulling pets from shelters prior to disasters
    • Individual pet parent requests to support food or medical care for individual pets
    • Requests to support equine, livestock or wildlife