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It’s no secret that the Kol’s Notes dogs are some of the most spoiled pups around.

Soft, warm beds, plentiful toys, puzzles to keep their brains busy and more good, wholesome food than they need. (So much in fact that I just informed Koly that I’ll be calling him Roly Poly until his lumpy winter bod has smoothed back out into the sleek, lean monster that he normally is.) Kol has never gone hungry, save for that ONE TIME I served dinner late and he acted like the sky was falling. 

“Please sir! I want some more.” – Kolchak Twist. This dog has *no idea* what it’s like to be needy.


To be completely honest, I struggle with the the idea that I give my dogs so much while there are so many animals out there in need. I always feel like I could and should be doing more. 

So, I try to do what I can to give back to the animal community while still providing my own pets the lavish lifestyle to which they’re accustomed.

I volunteer at our local shelter. I do walks for the animals, we buy dog food for our local food bank and I try to buy products from companies that give back too. PetSmart® just made that last one a whole lot easier.

In celebration of their 30th anniversary,
PetSmart® Expects to Donate more than 60 MILLION meals to animals in need with the new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ Program.

I know, that looks like I’m shouting, but HOLY WOOF, YO. I’m kind of shouting! This is a big deal. 

I’m going to link the whole press release in at the end of the post because you should definitely read it and find out what inspired PetSmart® to undertake their largest philanthropic effort ever, but I’m going to give you the Kol’s Notes here, so we all know just how awesome this program is. 

Here’s how you take advantage of the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal Program:



  1. Buy a bag of dog or cat food from PetSmart. 

    You can shop online because, seriously, who wants to put on pants? Or you can shop at one of more than 15,000 stores across Canada, the US and Puerto Rico, so that you can loiter around the puppy training area in hopes of petting a baby with puppy breath and razors for teeth. (I’m not the only one who does that…right?)

    You pick the brand, the protein and the kibble that works for YOUR pet. All brands. All Sizes. There are no exclusions.  


  2. For every bag purchased, PetSmart® will donate a bowl of food to one of their many charity partners. 

    According to a recent PetSmart Charities survey involving nearly 1,800 of its animal welfare partners across North America, only 20 percent of these organizations receive pet food donations and about 8 percent are on contract with pet food brands to receive subsidized pet food.

    PetSmart, along with their non-profit partner, PetSmart Charities aim to make a big difference in that number by distributing a lot pet food to pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks, allowing these organizations to focus their energy and resources on what is most important: helping pets find amazing homes or helping them stay in the loving homes they already have.


  3. Repeat. 

    No really, you guys. That’s it. It’s so simple. Feed your pet; help feed pets in need. We all have a chance to help make a huge difference by purchasing pet food that we all need to buy anyways. The program is running all year, from right now until December 31st.

Don’t take my word for it. Read the PetSmart press release here, visit your local store to talk to an associate and definitely find out if your favourite rescue, shelter or food bank qualifies to become a partner. I know my local shelter is!

And if you don’t already, follow PetSmart® on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to follow how this incredible effort keeps helping pets in need all year long.


Bark back! I want to hear YOUR rescue stories. Tell me about your rescue pets, your favourite local rescue or a time you were able to help a pet in need. 

And I definitely  want to see your pictures! Buy a bag of food at petSmart and take a pic of your pooch with it, then share the photo with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Together with PetSmart, we can help animals in need just by taking great care of the animals in our lives. That’s something to feel good about.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PetSmart. The opinions and text are all mine. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

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