The Atlanta market will offer free meals and pet supplies to low income families starting Tuesday, July 4.
The market is a partnership between PetSmart and the city’s nonprofit agency, the Georgia Department of Human Services.
The market is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free pet items to the poor and those with special needs, according to a press release from the Atlanta Market Board.
Pet food and dog food will be available for free as well, the release said.
The free pet supplies include bowls, plates, food bowls, bowls, toys and diapers.
Pets that are too small to fit in the free pet supply can be purchased for $2.00 each at the pet store, the press release said, and the free food will not be available to those who have a health or financial condition that would prevent them from having access to free pet products.
“This is a big win for pet owners in this community, as pet owners have a huge responsibility to their pets, especially if they’re underinsured,” Mayor Kasim Reed said in a press conference.
“I’m very excited to see this new partnership continue to grow our economy, our tax base, our workforce and our quality of life.”
Reed also said the new partnership will encourage people to shop and to buy from local businesses that provide good pet-related products, such as PetSmart, Petsmart and PetSmart PetCare.
“We’re looking forward to partnering with PetSmart to make sure our city is a destination that caters to all, regardless of income level,” he said.
PetSmart’s PetFood program is currently available to households with incomes up to $15,000, the company said in the press conference announcing the partnership.
PetSmart said in July it would expand its program to include the low- and middle-income groups, offering free pet foods, toys, and other supplies to the needy.
The PetSmart program, which is in its 11th year, has grown by more than 2,000 pet stores in the United States and Canada, PetSmart President Mike O’Hara said in his announcement.