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Grant FAQs

PetSmart Charities can award grants to the following entities operating within the United States, its territories, and Canada:

  • United States and its territories: 501(c)(3) public charities and municipalities (City, County, State, Tribal)
  • Canada: registered charities and municipalities (City, County, State, Tribal, First Nations, Metis or Inuit entity)

We are unable to fund individuals, private foundations, for-profit organizations, or organizations or programs that operate outside the U.S. and Canada.

PetSmart Charities supports nonprofit organizations and municipalities through programmatic grant support.
Please view our grant categories here.

We are unable to review requests for fundraising events.

Grants are open for application by program within a calendared cycle. Please review the grant information on our website at for each application’s open and close dates.

Applicants can review a landing page which provides the guidelines, criteria and requirements as well as a sample application for most grants.

For programmatic grants, applicants will be notified within 120 days of the grant’s close date.

For National Adoption Weekend event grants, applicants are notified by two weeks of the event start date.

Notification emails are sent to the Grantseeker (person who submitted the application) your organization has identified in CyberGrants. If you haven’t received an email within the stated time period, please check your spam/junk folder as sometimes our messages land there based on an organization’s email filters.

If your Grantseeker contact has changed or if you have not received notification within the stated time period, you may reach out to grants[at]petsmartcharities[dot]org for information.

Yes. Organizations may apply for any grant in which your organization meets the criteria.

Organizations are not limited to one grant per year and may apply for funding in multiple categories or submit multiple requests per category.

Please note: Budgets are finite. Organizations with multiple grants submitted in each grant category and/or submissions in multiple categories will be competing against their own grants.

Organizations are encouraged to determine their priorities for support when requesting funding or PetSmart Charities may determine which grant(s) best meet our philanthropic goals.

We are unable to provide direction as to the suggested level of funding to request but suggest the following as a guide:

  • First time grants to an organization are generally smaller.
  • A grant request may not be fully funded. If a smaller grant amount is recommended to be awarded than requested, the Regional Relationship Manager may discuss the impact of the possible reduction with the organization prior to approval.
  • We strongly recommend having a conversation with your Regional Relationship Manager prior to submitting a grant that exceeds $100,000. This will help us understand your intent and priorities.
  • In general, PetSmart Charities will not provide cumulative annual grants to an organization which total over 25% of their annual budget. Previously awarded grants to any organization in the same fiscal year may impact potential future funding.

Due to the number of applications we receive and the number of partners we support, we are unable to “prescreen” a request for viability. Things to consider:

  • The most competitive grants are those which have a measurable and defined impact with an efficiency of costs.
  • The most competitive grants are those which have a sustainability plan and collaborative aspects to the proposal.
  • Administrative costs are limited to no more than 10% of any grant.

Capital requests (defined as depreciable items like equipment or building/remodeling projects) under $250,000 may be considered in each programmatic grant program if the investment requested primarily supports that grant program criteria.

All grant applications close at 5 p.m. EST on the published date. We are unable to extend the deadline for any reason and suggest that you mark your calendar and apply early to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

Applications submitted near the deadline may experience a slowed connection time due to the large influx of applications received in the last hour of the application’s availability.

Submissions close at 5 p.m. EST and any application in process at that time will be unable to be submitted. Apply early to avoid this issue.

To more effectively serve pets, we have redefined the spay and neuter programs.

For grants requesting support for spaying and neutering of homeless pets (shelter/rescue pets), PetSmart Charities Adoption Partners are eligible to submit a grant for review in the Adoption Prep category. For grants requesting spay and neuter support for owned pets, organizations providing surgeries and additional medical services for under-resourced pets may be eligible to submit a Letter of Intent through the online application process at

Due to the competitiveness of this category, applications are by invitation only as determined by the viability of the Letter of Intent submission.

If an organization has programs for owned pets, they are eligible to apply for many of our calendared grants.
Please check out our grant information here.

Organizations with homeless pets can apply to be an Adoption Partner if they have the capacity to travel to a store for adoption events. Adoption Prep and Transport grants are available to Adoption Partners only.

PetSmart Charities can provide grants to support veterinary programs at accredited Colleges or Schools of Veterinary Medicine aimed to support programs that train veterinary students serving a community of need, where a lack of accessible veterinary services has been identified. At this time, the program is by invitation only to accredited DVM programs in Canada, the US and its territories. Interested parties should contact the appropriate Regional Relationship Manager.

What type of procedures and visits may be considered under basic medical care?

Charities considers basic medical care to be:

  • Physical examination
  • Basic diagnostics: CBC, blood chemistry, urinalysis, ear cytology, blood pressure, radiographs
  • Elective OVH (spay) and neuter procedures
  • Analgesia for neuromuscular disease including osteoarthritis
  • Dental prophylaxis and simple dental extractions
  • Treatment for parasites, including simple (non-complicated) heartworm treatment
  • Simple surgical correction of cherry eye (prolapsed gland of the third eyelid)
  • Laceration repair, aural hematoma repair, bandaging
  • Ear cleaning, anal gland expression, toenail trim
  • Simple fracture repair (splint, pin)
  • Simple cruciate repair (lateral suture technique)
  • Mass removal, cystotomy, simple foreign body removal, splenectomy
  • Abdominal decompression via nasogastric tube
  • Amputation, enucleation
  • Judicious use of medications including pain medications, antibiotics, topical medications, anti-parasiticides


Family: 1 or more individuals and their pet(s).

Under-resourced Pets: Pets with owners whose demographic, cultural, geographic or economic characteristics impede or prevent access to affordable veterinary services.
Source: Access to Care Coalition. (2018). Access to Veterinary Care: Barriers, Current Practices, and Public Policy
PetSmart Charities added the term cultural in order to be more inclusive and acknowledge unforeseen factors when attempting to understand a person’s or community’s needs.

Homeless Pets: A pet in a shelter, foster or rescue organization that does not have a permanent home.

Companion Animal: Companion animals are those animals who share our homes and lives. PetSmart Charities considers companion animals as those domesticated and legally kept which include dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, birds, guinea pigs and select other small mammals, small reptiles and fish. Charities does not include equine or livestock in our support of companion animals.

Adoption Partner: An organization that has been officially vetted and approved by PetSmart Charities to support adoptions in PetSmart stores with an individual Adoption Partner Group Number.

Basic or simple medical treatment: Effective treatment methods for a disease, or effective prevention for a disease, to re-establish or maintain health, without highly invasive or expensive treatment options or diagnostics. If a variety of treatments are available, the most cost effective or resource-protective method (that is effective for the condition) should be used.

PetSmart Charities Regional & Associate Relationship Managers

West Region StatesAK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
Jenny Aho

Regional Relationship Manager

Sophie Faust

Associate Relationship Manager

Central Region StatesAL, AR, IN, IL, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, OH, TN, TX, WI, WV
Kelly Balthazor

Regional Relationship Manager

Heidi Fulcher

Associate Relationship Manager

East Region StatesCT, DC, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, VA, VT
Sima Thakkar

Regional Relationship Manager

Johnny Jenkins

Associate Relationship Manager

Dani LaGiglia

Regional Relationship Manager

Charlotte Palmer

Associate Relationship Manager

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