Winning City to Receive $5000 Award for Local Animal Shelter

Plymouth Meeting, PA – June 22, 2015 –, PetSmart’s popular online resource for pet owners, today revealed the nominees for its first annual “Pet Parents’ Choice Awards” program featuring 10 pet-centric categories, including its premier award for the “Top City for Pets.” The following locations are nominated for this coveted honor, and the winner will receive a $5000 donation to a local animal shelter:

  • Austin, Texas – Long known as the place that likes to keep things “weird,” the Texas capital’s Austin Pets Alive will be its local shelter recipient
  • Charleston, South Carolina – The Southern city’s Pet Helpers has been cited as the area’s shelter recipient
  • Portland, Oregon – Known for great coffee and its large variety of out-of-doors offerings, this Northwest city’s Oregon Humane Society has been named its representative shelter
  • Seattle, Washington – Famed for its Space Needle and Pikes Place Market the Emerald City’s PAWS has been designated its regional shelter recipient
  • Tucson, Arizona – Celebrated for its desert sunshine and views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson’s Humane Society of Southern Arizona has been named the city’s representative shelter

“Every single one of these cities provides an amazing lifestyle that benefits pet owners and their furry companions,” said Wendy Toth, Editor-in-Chief, “No matter which one is ultimately named ‘Top City for Pets’ this year, there is no question that these are all fantastic communities for animal lovers.”

Other key “Pet Parents’ Choice Awards” categories and nominations include:

  • “Celebrity Pet Advocate of the Year”
    • Rebecca Corey
    • Ricky Gervais
    • Billy Joel
    • Miranda Lambert
    • Hilary Swank

The awards program also includes nods in categories that will pull at the heartstrings, such as “Pet Hero of the Year,” “Most Heartwarming Adoption,” and “Most Inspiring Rescue.”

Winners will be selected exclusively through online voting, kicking off today at Visitors to the site are encouraged to vote once a day for their favorite picks. For every vote cast, Natural Balance will donate up to 100,000 meals to shelter animals. Voting closes on August 2, 2015. The winners will be announced on August 10, 2015.