At PetSmart, our associates are as diverse as the pets in our stores! We celebrate that our associates all come from different backgrounds with different experiences. We are passionate about creating an environment where every associate feels as though they Belong at PetSmart. Several Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) were formed for associates to get involved in ways that matter to them. Learn more about each below!
What is an associate resource group?
ARGs are a group of associates who share a common purpose, interest or background to develop opportunities for its members and PetSmart in support of our diversity and inclusion strategy.
What is the purpose of an associate resource group?
The goal of an ARG is to enhance the success of PetSmart’s business objectives, organizational culture and advance our diversity and inclusion strategy.
Intent of the Associate Resource Groups
The business intent for each of the six, approved ARGs is as follows:
MOSAIC is a collective that encourages associates from diverse backgrounds to embrace and celebrate their differences. MOSAIC’s mission is to build cultural awareness, foster open, productive discussions, and remove preconceived notions.
PRIDE AT WORK (PAW)
PRIDE AT WORK (PAW) at PetSmart is dedicated to creating an environment where LGBTQ+ associates and allies feel supported and celebrated to be who they are at PetSmart and in the communities they serve. PRIDE AT WORK (PAW) invites all PetSmart associates to participate. Whether you’re a straight ally, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or identify in any other way, you belong here.
StartSmart is focused on assisting early-career associates to take charge of their professional development. They provide education, development, and networking opportunities that reward motivated, early-career PetSmart associates to succeed in their current role and prepare for future roles.
Women Inspiring Strength & Excellence (W.I.S.E.).
W.I.S.E. gathers associates with an interest in advancing women’s career growth at PetSmart because we know that when women excel, PetSmart excels. Members get the opportunity to network and attend leadership-focused educational events.
SERVE honors the service of our PetSmart Veterans and their families by providing Veterans and supporters a space to reach their fullest potential. SERVE aims to create an environment where every Veteran feels like they belong.
Awareness of Visible and Invisible Differences (AVID) strives to promote diversity and inclusion by celebrating and acknowledging the experiences and perspectives of associates with all different types of disabilities, be they temporary or permanent, physical or mental, visible or invisible.