PetSmart Charities was named a partner in the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). Established as a 501 (c)6 organization in 2006, NARSC is an outgrowth of the unprecedented disaster season of 2005, when major storms – most notably Hurricane Katrina – impacted more people and their companion animals than any other time in the history of the United States.
In the years since Katrina, this working coalition of animal rescue organizations have come together to indentify, prioritize, and find collaborative solutions to major human-animal emergency issues. Member agencies have responded nationally and internationally to wildfires, floods, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters; as well as man-made animal disasters such as puppy mills and hoarding situations.
“We’re honored to be included in this coalition of top-level animal rescue professionals,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Our emergency relief program has grown substantially over the past few years and we’re happy to be able to provide our partner agencies with the critical supplies and pet food they need to help these animal victims.”
PetSmart Charities provides emergency funding and supplies for pets affected by large-scale natural and man-made disasters. The non-profit has funded more than $7.4 million in emergency relief grants since 2004.
“PetSmart Charities has been at the forefront of assisting animals in need; working with both local and national animal welfare organizations for years,” said Sandy Monterose, NARSC Chairperson. “We are extremely pleased to officially welcome them to the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition.”