Do your pets help you to live a better life? My cats have rescued me just as much as I have rescued them. They are a source of unconditional love and so much more. Helping pets in need is one of the ways I show appreciation for the pets that have meant so much to me. For their 30th anniversary, PetSmart ® has introduced the new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal ™ program (their largest philanthropic effort ever) to help pet lovers to give back to pets in need!
Cats Show The Power of the Human-Animal Bond
At present, the oldest known evidence of cats and humans living in cooperation is over 5,000 years old. We know that the ancient Chinese fed their cats, the ancient Egyptians worshiped them, and many people living in Europe in the Middle Ages believed that human witches could transform into them (and vice versa). Though domestic cats did not exist in the Americas before Europeans began bringing them over, the ancient Olmec civilization revered the jaguar.
There is no denying that humans and cats have a special bond. Today, there are nearly 86 million cats living in human homes in the United States according to the ASPCA. Loving a kitty isn’t all about an adorable face. Science is finding that cat ownership actually benefits the health of the human owner. Studies find that cat owners find relief from stress, allergies, hypertension and more.
What do the cats receive for their part in the human-animal bond? A safe, loving home and someone to care for all of their needs. They receive food and veterinary care that they might not have had access to otherwise.
Helping Pets In Need
The human-animal bond is worth protecting. One way that we can step up and help others (and maybe even our future selves) to be able to experience the benefits of the human-animal bond is to help pets in need. There are pets all across the US that could use our help:
- Homeless Pets
Every year, animal shelters in the United States are taking in 3.2 million homeless cats. About 1.6 million of those homeless cats are adopted each year while almost 900,000 are euthanized simply for being homeless (statistics from the ASPCA).
- Pets in Disaster Areas
When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, flood, wildfire, or tornado ravage an area, everyone, including the pets in the area, could use a helping hand. Supplies and shelter can be difficult to find.
- Pets Affected by the Economy
We all go through hard times. For some households with pets, these hard times mean not being able to afford all of the supplies that their pets may need. This may also mean that a person will to put the pet’s needs above their own and not purchase items they (the humans) need.
There are a lot of great organizations out there that work tirelessly to help pets in need. Big partners like PetSmart® can help ease the financial burdens of these organizations by providing a portion of the food needed for these animals.
The PetSmart® Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program
PetSmart is making it easy and affordable for all pets and pet owners to help pets in need! The brand new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program allows you to help pets in need simply by purchasing a bag of your cat or dog’s favorite food. Read the PetSmart press release here!
Every time you purchase a bag of cat or dog food from PetSmart.com or in a local PetSmart store through December 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need. All PetSmart locations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada are participating! They donate these meals through collaborations with national non-profit organizations including pet shelters, animal welfare organizations, and food banks. Through their Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, PetSmart expects to give over 60 million meals!
Do you purchase cat or dog food for your local animal shelter? Increase the impact of your money by taking advantage of the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program! Not only will the bags of food purchase benefit your local animal shelter, but PetSmart will provide a meal to another pet in need for each bag purchased.
How will you help pets in need this year?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine.