Entrepreneur and Innovator Ben Jacobs Joins PetSmart Charities® Board of Directors


Jacobs, parent of his own adopted dogs Duke and Rex, joins a council of community leaders in business, finance and animal welfare. Together, they provide governance, oversight and expertise to the charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of pets.

“Taking care of pets makes us better people,” says Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. “As pet ownership hits an all-time high, we know that 80 million pets in the United States are not receiving adequate veterinary care. We are particularly excited to have Ben join us now as we develop new strategies to open up access to affordable, quality veterinary care products. “

Grief that fueled a passion for pets
Jacobs, a Yale graduate, attributes his career path to his childhood pet who passed away quite suddenly – a German Shepherd named Bear. Her grief turned into a lifelong passion to help pet parents better identify problems earlier. Bear’s story served as the inspiration for the launch of Whistle, a company that redefined veterinary care and was acquired by Mars Petcare in 2016.

Following the Whistle Acquisition, Jacobs partnered with the Mars Companion Fund and Leap Venture Studio companies that support pet care products, technology and services – visionary programs designed to support consequent growth pet care start-ups as they begin to grow.

In his current role as Managing Partner at Atmosphere, Jacobs brings long-term capital and operational partnership to companies that deliver significant value in everyday life. Previously, he worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company, assisting clients in the technology, private equity and consumer goods industries.

“Many of the challenges we face today are large and complex – accessing adoptable pets from trusted sources and increasing costs of care, for example – and force organizations to think outside the box,” Jacobs said. “I am honored and honored to contribute to this exceptional group of leaders. Together with committed donors, we can make a significant impact on the future of animal welfare.”

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program at all PetSmart® stores in the United States and Porto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps nearly 600,000 animals connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grants to support organizations that advocate for and care about the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets to loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care, and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and relief supplies. ’emergency. Each year, millions of generous donors help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping on PetSmart.com and using PIN keypads at checkouts in PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities effectively uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the primary animal welfare funder in North America, granting more than $ 475 million since its inception in 1994. Independent of PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501 (c) (3) organization that has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the past 17 consecutive years, placing it among the top percentage of assessed charities. To find out more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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