The Company Contrast – PetSmart {Issues: 1st Amendment}

Company Contrast - Petco

The Company Contrast – PetSmart {Issues: 1st Amendment}

Each week 2ndVote takes a look at popular companies that score poorly and then provides alternatives that better align with your 2ndVote values. This series is called The Company Contrast, and the company we will be focusing on this week is PetSmart (2.67).

Originally founded in 1986 in Phoenix, Arizona by Jim and Janice Dougherty, PetSmart began as a bulk goods warehouse selling pet food under the name PetFood Warehouse. Under new management, the name was changed to PETsMART in 1989, marking the start of country-wide expansion and a shift to retail spaces rather than warehouses. After yet another name change in 2005, PetSmart, as it is known today, is now a household name, and unfortunately one of the more liberally activist retailers in the pet goods market. Due to multi-year partnerships with organizations like Equality Hawaii and ONE Community AZ, that support the Equality Act, PetSmart loses points on the 1st Amendment for supporting policies that would undermine religious liberty protections. 

Fortunately, consumers still have options when it comes to finding all their needed pet supplies and services. Both PetCo. (3.00) and Pet Supermarket (3.00) score neutrally and offer comparable products without the woke activism. With over 1500 stores nationwide, versus 150 for Pet Supermarket, PetCo. is certainly more of a direct competitor to PetSmart and is likely the more accessible option. However, either option grants consumers the peace of mind that their dollar isn’t being used for unwanted advocacy.