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PetSmart Charities

CharityWatch report issued
November 2023

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

PetSmart Charities
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 01/29/2023

Program Percentage: 96%

The percentage of PetSmart Charities's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars PetSmart Charities spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
PetSmart Charities Audit Financial Statements 93-1140967
PetSmart Charities IRS Form 990 93-1140967
Entity: PetSmart Charities
Document Type: Audit Financial Statements
Tax ID: 93-1140967
Entity: PetSmart Charities
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 93-1140967

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
PetSmart Charities
meets governance benchmarks.
PetSmart Charities
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Aimee Gilbreath President $754,397
2 Stephanie Jensen Treasurer $228,495
3 Janet Henry Secretary $111,318
Name: Aimee Gilbreath
Title: President
Compensation: $754,397
Name: Stephanie Jensen
Title: Treasurer
Compensation: $228,495
Name: Janet Henry
Title: Secretary
Compensation: $111,318

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the PetSmart Charities consolidated audit of January 29, 2023 (Note 4, Transactions with PetSmart, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada):

"The Organization entered into a formal management services agreement with PetSmart Charities of Canada (PCC) consistent with prior years' practice of providing business management, finance, strategy, and other services. The Organization received $95,000 from the management services agreement for both the years ended January 29, 2023 and January 30, 2022. Receivables from PCC of $28,075 at January 29, 2023 and $43,642 at January 30, 2022 represent management fees billed quarterly and miscellaneous reimbursable costs...

According to the PetSmart Charities audit of January 29, 2023 (Note 5, Transactions with Related Entities):

"During the years ended January 29, 2023 and January 30, 2022, amounts paid to board member related organizations totaled $6,079,500 and $315,425, respectively, and are included in Program Services in the accompanying statements of activities."

According to the PetSmart Charities audit of January 29, 2023 (Note 1 re: Contributed Goods and Services):

"...For the years ended January 29, 2023 and January 30, 2022, the Organization recorded contributed rent, goods, and services of $29,259,81 and $24,532,929, respectively, from PetSmart LLC..."

"For the years ended January 29, 2023 and January 30, 2022, the Organization received goods and services of $334,466 and $235,194, respectively, which primarily relate to advertising from entities other than PetSmart LLC..."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the PetSmart Charities tax filing for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2023, BFAS reports re: Supplemental Information for Form 990 (IRS Form 990, Schedule O):

Regarding Form 990, Part VI, Section A, Line 2:

"Five board members serving during the fiscal year, J.K. Symancyk, Lacey Bundy, Cherise Ordlock, Mike Shultheis and Gary Shullaw have a business relationship."

Regarding Form 990, Part VI, Section A, Line 3:

"PCI has a management services agreement with PetSmart LLC, acting as a management company, to cost-effectively outsource certain management and administrative functions. PetSmart LLC is an unrelated organization as defined in the instructions of the form 990. PCI's board of directors retains control of the organization's governance, policies, budgets, contract approval, program direction, and all other matters necessary to accomplish PCI's charitable mission and to preserve the tax-exempt independent nature of the organization..."

According to PetSmart Charities tax filing of January 29, 2023, IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Part IV, Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons:

PetSmart LLC was paid $10,567,322 in total by PetSmart Charities. The "Relationship between Interested Person and Organization" is reported as "Substantial Contributor" The "Description of Transaction"(s) are reported as "Management Fee" and "Royalty Income" for $6,059,480 and $4,507,842, respectively. 

According to Form 990, Schedule L:

"The fee paid to PetSmart LLC is capped annually and the value of the use of real property, management and administrative services, products and supplies received by PCI under under the agreement overwhelmingly exceeds the payments made to PetSmart LLC, by a ratio greater than 3.9:1. PCI incurred $6,059,480 of expenses under the management services agreement with PetSmart LLC for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2023."