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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

PetSmart Charities(R) Dispatches Emergency Relief Waggin' Trailers to California Disaster Area

PetSmart Charities dispatched two tractor trailers stocked with emergency pet supplies today to help the affected pets of the California wildfires. Each Emergency Relief Waggin' trailer contains enough pet products, food and supplies to support up to 500 companion animals.

One PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief Waggin' was dispatched from PetSmart's Phoenix distribution center, and one was dispatched from the company's Ennis, Texas, distribution center, loaded with food, crates, beds, litter, tents, generators and other items required for the animal rescue effort. The deliveries are expected to be received by the city of San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium this evening and early tomorrow.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital®, a PetSmart business partner, has readied its mobile emergency pet hospital to assist with pet medical emergencies. The mobile unit is on standby status while state emergency officials determine needs and logistics. The 32-foot-long hospital trailer is staffed by two veterinarians and three veterinary technicians and contains a surgical suite, treatment area and ten kennels.

In addition, PetSmart Charities is raising funds to be distributed to organizations serving the areas most affected. Emergency relief funding will help fulfill urgent needs for food, crates, litter, beds, blankets, medical supplies and expenses, and vaccinations.

The public can make a tax-deductible donation to help the pet victims of the California wildfires and future disasters in one of three ways:

-- Make a credit card donation via the PetSmart Charities Web site at:
-- Make a cash donation at the register inside any U.S. PetSmart store
from Oct. 24-30
-- Mail in a check donation directly to: PetSmart Charities
Attn: Disaster Relief
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(Please write "Disaster Relief" in the memo section on the check.)