PHOENIX, AZ (February 21, 2013) – Phoenix-based PetSmart, Inc., (NASDAQ: PETM), the largest specialty retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets, has renewed its commitment to provide financial and material support for the Maricopa County Attorney’s K-9 Victim Support Program. Grant monies and merchandise provided by PetSmart will be used to support Sam, a specially trained service dog who provides comfort and assistance to crime victims and their families throughout the criminal justice process.
“As a Phoenix-based company, we’re honored to support a program that helps our children feel safe and confident,” said David Lenhardt, President and Chief Operating Officer for PetSmart. “Maricopa County’s K-9 Victim Support Program recognizes the positive impact pets can have on children, and PetSmart is excited to continue to support this groundbreaking initiative in our hometown.”
Sam is a Golden Retriever-Irish Setter mix who was adopted from a local animal shelter and trained as a level III Facility Dog. His job is to provide comfort and support to children and adult crime victims as they confront the often intimidating and traumatic process of the criminal justice system. The National Association of Counties honored Sam with an Achievement Award in 2010. He also serves as the official ambassador for the Maricopa County Attorney’s crime prevention and youth safety programs and participates in similar initiatives sponsored by PetSmart.
“We are pleased to continue our successful partnership with PetSmart, which has allowed us to provide a unique service to crime victims and their families,” remarked Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Our collaboration with PetSmart on the K-9 Victim Support Program is an excellent example of how public and private organizations can work together to serve the interests of public safety and victims’ rights,” he added.
For more information about Sam, visit his Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/SamTheDogsPage.