MEDIA ALERT: Nova Scotia SPCA to Receive Nearly 40,000 Pounds of Donated Pet Food Thanks to PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program

Posted on: Monday, September 18th, 2017

A tractor trailer truck packed full of pet food to arrive on Mon., Sept. 18
to help feed pets in need across the province of Nova Scotia, especially feral and community cats


What:  Nova Scotia SPCA (NS SPCA) is about to receive almost 40,000 pounds (the equivalent of 335,000 meals) of donated pet food courtesy of PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program. This is the single largest pet food donation the provincial animal welfare agency has received in its 140-year history
In fact, the pet food donation is so large that the volume of food cannot fit into NS SPCA’s physical shelters. Instead, it’ll be stored at 75 MacDonald Avenue (unit 3) in Dartmouth, in a warehouse space generously donated by Stevens Group of Companies and its President, Thane Stevens. On Sept. 18 at 10:00 a.m., NS SPCA staff and volunteers will be joined by PetSmart associates from the Halifax, Bedford and Dartmouth stores at the warehouse on MacDonald Ave, as they work together to unload 50 pallets of donated dog and cat food and distribute to animal welfare agencies from across the province. Given the density of Nova Scotia’s feral and community cat population, 70 percent of the 40,000 pounds of food is cat food, while the remaining 30 percent is dog food.


When asked how the NS SPCA plans to use so much food, Director of Animal Care, Sandra Flemming said, “Last year we conducted a study and learned there are at least 60,000 feral or community cats in the Halifax Regional Municipality alone, and far more than that in the rural areas of our province.  We’re working hard on a trap, neuter, return program that will help prevent further cat homelessness and over population.  But in the meantime, this pet food donation from PetSmart and PetSmart Charities of Canada will help us with our duty, as an animal welfare agency, to ensure every pet in our province, including feral and community cats, have enough food to survive, especially as the harsh winter season approaches.”


The Nova Scotia SPCA plans to distribute pet food donation to their 11 regions across the province, as well as to their extensive network of community cat care-takers.  Food will also be handed out, free of charge, in communities where the NS SPCA’s mobile spay/neuter clinic is offering reduced-cost surgeries and wellness checks. In a display of their true commitment to the welfare of all animals in the province, the NS SPCA says they plan to share the food with fellow animal welfare agencies like Cat Rescue Maritimes (CARMA) and the Spay Day HRM Society who are caring for pets in need in the maritime province.


“Pet food is one of the largest expenses facing our industry, so by sharing this food, we’re helping nearby shelter and rescues to free up financial resources so they can help even more pets in need in our regions,” continued Ms. Flemming.
Pet parents in Nova Scotia who may need a little help feeding their furry family members will also have reason to celebrate.  At least four to six pallets of the donated pet food will be allocated to Feed Nova Scotia—an organization that provides donated human and pet food to 146 food banks and meal programs across the province.  Pet food is a rarely donated but often requested item in many food banks across the country.


About the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program*:  For every bag of dog or cat food purchased in-store or online at through Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to a pet in need.  The leading pet retailer plans to donate more than 3.6 million meals in Canada alone by the summer of 2018. PetSmart engaged nonprofit partner PetSmart Charities of Canada to help deliver the pet food to four animal welfare agencies across Canada, including the Nova Scotia SPCA.



When:             Mon., Sept. 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:                 75 MacDonald Avenue, Unit 3 Dartmouth NS B3B 1V8


Photo Opportunities:

  • Representatives from the Nova Scotia SPCA and Nova Scotia area PetSmart stores helping to unload donated pet food from a 53-foot truck.
  • 50 pallets of pet food being unloaded by forklift
  • 38-pound bags of food being loaded into Nova Scotia SPCA vehicles to help feed cats in need

Interviews Available With:

  • Sandra Flemming, Director of Animal Care, Nova Scotia SPCA
  • Courtney Barber, Provincial Communications Officer, Nova Scotia SPCA
  • Morley Hodder, District Leader, PetSmart (Atlantic Canada)



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Miriam Fitting



For more information on the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, please visit


About Nova Scotia SPCA
The Nova Scotia SPCA is recognized as providing expert leadership in the areas of advocacy and protection of companion animals and sets the standard of animal care for the province of Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (Nova Scotia SPCA) has been protecting animals from cruelty since 1877.  As a registered charity with 11 locations across the province of Nova Scotia, we rely primarily on volunteers and donations to fund cruelty prevention; animal rescue, rehabilitation, seeking justice, and education. The Act to Protect Animals and Aid Animals in Distress requires the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws, making the Nova Scotia SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Nova Scotia SPCA also the distinction of being founded as the first place in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.


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About PetSmart Charities of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit

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About PetSmart®

In Canada, PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ more than 3,600 associates and operate 128 pet stores across Canada, with seven in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel™ dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profit PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 200 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 240,000 pets since 1999. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,, and the askPETMD app. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in Canada. In March 2017, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program – for every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 3.6 million meals in Canada in 2017.*

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*Ends 12/31/17. 5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities of Canada to feed dogs and cats in need. See details at The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold. The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount.


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