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  To enter, share a photo of your dog's trip to PetSmart on Instagram with both #puppylove#petsmart!

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OFFICIAL RULES: Puppy’s First Visit to PetSmart® Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes")


Important:  Please read these Official Rules before participating in the Sweepstakes.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements below.


Eligibility. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia), Puerto Rico who are at least 18 years old (or the age of majority under applicable law) and of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 19 years old (or the age of majority under applicable law). IF YOU DO NOT MEET ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, OR ANY OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, AND PETSMART, INC. ("SPONSOR") RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD PRIZES TO YOU.  To be eligible to win a Prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor in the manner and format designated in these Official Rules.  Employees, directors and officers of Sponsor, PetSmart Canada, Inc., PetSmart Charities, Inc., PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc., Banfield Pet Hospital (Medical Management International, Inc.) and any of their respective affiliates, parent companies, subsidiary companies, and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or those living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate or win any prizes.  All applicable federal, state/provincial and local laws and regulations apply.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree that: (1) you have read and understand the Official Rules; (2) you meet the Sweepstakes eligibility requirements as explained in the Official Rules; (3) you are bound by the Official Rules and to Sponsor's Conditions of Use, Legal Notices and Privacy Policy as published at; (4) you unconditionally accept and agree to comply with and abide by the Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor; and (6) the Official Rules shall be legally binding on you and your legal representatives, heirs, successors, and assigns.  You further acknowledge that this Sweepstakes is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Entry Period: All entries must be received between 12:00:00 a.m. MT January 2, 2017 and 11:59:59 p.m. MT January 22, 2017 (“Entry Period”).

How to Enter the Sweepstakes:  Each participant (“Entrant”) should post a photo of their puppy enjoying his/her trip to PetSmart (“Photo”) via their public Instagram page (“Entry”).  Entrants may enter as many times as they wish with different Photos. Entries of duplicate or near duplicate Photos will not count as an additional Entry.

In order to obtain an Entry via Instagram, each Entrant must:

  • be an authorized account holder of Instagram (Instagram membership is free, but is subject to acceptance of the Instagram Terms of Use, which can be found at ;
  • compose a post including the Photo with the designated hashtags #puppylove and #petsmart, which post must comply with the applicable Instagram file size restrictions; and
  • upload the post to Instagram during the Entry Period (resulting in one (1) Entry).


A Photo, and use of both hashtags #puppylove and tag #petsmart must be included for your Entry to be valid. 

Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.  Entries and Entrants may be subject to verification by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  All Entries must be in English.  Any attempt by an Entrant to (i) create and use multiple Instagram accounts to obtain additional entries, or (ii) create and use multiple Instagram accounts to obtain additional entries; or (iii) post duplicate or near duplicate posts which will void such Entrant’s duplicate Entry.  Entries generated through a third-party website or software or in any way other than the manner and format set forth in these Official Rules is prohibited, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any such Entrant(s).

By submitting an Entry, Entrant warrants and represents that he/she owns the dog(s) that is/are featured in the Entry, has obtained permission from all persons in the Photo (or parent or guardian of minor children pictured), and that no images in the Photo infringe on another party’s intellectual property rights. Entrant agrees that the Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for any unauthorized use of entries or photos by third parties.  At any time during the Sweepstakes, even if the Entry has already been announced as a Prize winner, if Sponsor determines that an Entrant’s Entry does not comply with any of the Official Rules, such Entry may be disqualified and will not be eligible to win a Prize. 

Sponsor's License to Entries.  Each Entrant grants to Sponsor, and its successors, assigns, licensees, representatives, agents, and those acting at Sponsor's direction, a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right and license to publish, reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt, edit, modify, translate, create derivative works based upon, and otherwise use and sublicense your Photo, or any portion thereof, in any manner, form, media or technology now known or later developed for any commercial or non-commercial purpose without your notice, review, or approval.  Each Entrant waives its moral rights, in the Photo, in favor of the Sponsor, and its successors, assigns, licensees, representatives, agents, and those acting at Sponsor's direction. Each Entrant agrees to take, at Sponsor's expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Sponsor to effect, perfect or confirm Sponsor's rights as set forth above in this paragraph.  Sponsor does not guarantee that all submitted Photos will be published.

As a condition of submitting an Entry, each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that (a) Sponsor and other participants have access to and/or may create or have created entries and/or other materials, ideas and concepts which may be similar or identical to the Entrant’s Entry in theme, idea, format, characters and/or other respects; (b) the Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or other consideration because of the use by Sponsor or any other participant of any such similar or identical material, ideas and/or concepts; and (c) Sponsor’s or another participant’s use of material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Entrant’s Entry shall not obligate Sponsor to negotiate with and shall not entitle Entrant to any compensation or other claim.

Other Sweepstakes Submission Requirements:  Any Entry will be disqualified that contains material that, in the sole discretion of Sponsor and/or its Administrator:

  • Communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate. Examples include, pets in unsafe situations, or entries that promote bigotry or discrimination. 
  • Disparages any person, PetSmart, the Sweepstakes Entities or any such entity’s products.  
  • Violates or infringes upon the copyrights, trademarks, or privacy, property, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity not affiliated with this Sweepstakes;
  • Contains any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses;
  • Promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing);
  • Basic Guidelines for car photos:
    • Pet’s head cannot be out the window of a moving vehicle
    • Pet cannot be unrestrained in a moving vehicle
    • Pet can be unrestrained if vehicle is not moving

Any Entry, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, is considered inappropriate or not suitable for publication under the Official Rules may be disqualified.

Prizes.  Nine (9) total winners randomly drawn from the Entries (3 per week) will each receive one (1) prize package (“Prize”) consisting of:  a PetSmart Puppy Guide ($19.99) and a PetSmart Gift Card ($100.00)! The approximate retail value of the Prize is $120.00.   

Odds of Winning a Prize. Odds of winning a Prize depend on the number of eligible Sweepstakes entries received during the Entry Period.

Sweepstakes Winner Selection. Potential Sweepstakes winners will be selected each week in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received each week during the Entry Period for a total of nine (9) winners (the “Selected Entrant”). The random drawings will be conducted weekly on or about January 9, 2017, January 16, 2017 and January 23, 2017. The Selected Entrants will be chosen by independent judges in a random sweepstakes drawing from all eligible Entries throughout the Entry Period are final and binding in all respects pertaining to this Sweepstakes. Sponsor will attempt to notify each Selected Entrant by comment on Entrant’s Entry on Instagram. 

Upon successful contact with a Selected Entrant, that Selected Entrant will be required to provide certain contact information, as requested by the Sponsor (e.g. full name, age, address, etc. telephone number, email address). In the event the Selected Entrant is a Canada resident, to be declared a winner such Selected Entrant must answer correctly, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a mathematical skill-testing question posed by the Sponsor, in a format of its choosing. 

Each Selected Entrant will also be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Release and Waiver Form (the “Release Form”) confirming compliance with the Official Rules, acceptance of the Prize as awarded, without substitution, and releasing the Released Parties from any liability in connection with the Prize or the Sweepstakes before being granted his/her Prize.

If a Selected Entrant does not meet all of the Sweepstakes requirements, fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question, refuses to provide the contact information requested by the Sponsor or does not sign and return the Release Form to the Sponsor within the time frame specified, that Selected Entrant will forfeit his/her Prize and the Sponsor shall be entitled (but not obligated) to select another Entrant from the remaining eligible Entries until such time as contact is made with an Entrant or there are no more eligible Entries, whichever comes first. This process may continue until each Prize has been awarded or there is insufficient time to permit the awarding of each Prize. The Sponsor is not responsible, whether as a result of human error or otherwise, for any failure to contact any Selected Entrant.

The Sponsor will contact each Winner following receipt of his/her signed Release Form to arrange for delivery of the respective Prize.  Selected Entrants must respond within forty eight (48) hours or such Entrant’s Entry may be forfeited and Sponsor may select an alternate winner.  Prizes will be delivered within 6 – 12 weeks from date of verification via mail or freight to the street/mailing address provided by a winner Instagram direct message. 

Disclaimer. Sponsor, the Sweepstakes Entities, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees, media partners, printers, and agencies (collectively, the "Released Parties") will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related or technical malfunctions or failures; (c) any Sweepstakes disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor or by non-authorized human intervention; (d) damage caused by computer virus or otherwise resulting to any computer from Entrant's participation in the Sweepstakes or access of the any websites related to the Sweepstakes, whether human, mechanical or electronic; (e) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Sweepstakes; or (f) incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the programming or equipment associated with or used in the Sweepstakes.

ALL FEDERAL, STATE/PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.  All Prizes will be awarded.  Prize notifications returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within five (5) business days after delivery will be forfeited and will be awarded to an alternate winner.  Prizes are not transferable.  No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any Prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Prize of equal or greater value for any Prize.  Limit one (1) Prize per person, household or address. All Prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).  Sponsor is not responsible for loss, delay or damage in shipping any Prize or notification. 

Identity of Entrant.  In the event of a dispute about the identity of an Entrant, entries will be declared made by the Authorized Account Holder of the Instagram account used at time of Entry.  An "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to the Instagram account by the platform provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning the Instagram account for the domain associated with the submitted profile.  A Selected Entrant may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that the Selected Entrant is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address or social media account associated with the winning Entry.

General Release.  By entering this Sweepstakes, you release Sponsor, all Released Parties, and Instagram from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Sweepstakes or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of, misuse of or inability to use any Prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to intellectual property, personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property (including your pet), rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.

Use of Entrant Name, Likeness, etc. Except where prohibited by law, by submitting an Entry, you hereby consent to Sponsor’s use of the Entry in its internal communications and publications and on social media and other marketing platforms.  You also confirm that any people and/or the owners of any animals who are featured in the photograph(s) gave permission for you to take the image(s) and do not object to your and Sponsor’s use of the same for commercial purposes. 

Winner List; Rules Request.  For a copy of the Sweepstakes Prize Winner list, send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope by March 31, 2016 to “Puppy’s First Visit to PetSmart Sweepstakes” Winners’ List at 19601 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027 – Attn: Social Media Manager.  To obtain a copy of these Official Rules, visit or send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to “Puppy’s First Visit to PetSmart Sweepstakes” Official Rules at 19601 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027 – Attn: Social Media Manager or email to   Residents of VT may omit return postage.

Intellectual Property Notice.  The Sweepstakes and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2017 by PetSmart Home Office, Inc.  All rights reserved.  PETSMART is a trademark of PetSmart Home Office, Inc. BANFIELD is a trademark of Medical Management International, Inc.  

Miscellaneous.  The Sweepstakes and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the state of Arizona, U.S.A., without regard to conflict or choice of law provisions or international treaties or conventions.  Entrants agree and consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts located in Maricopa County in the State of Arizona, U.S.A.  Entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor reserves the right to change the Official Rules at any time and for any reason, in its sole discretion and without notice, and reserves the right, for any reason, to suspend or cancel the Sweepstakes or any Entrant's participation in the Sweepstakes including should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor's control affect the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Sweepstakes, or Sponsor otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Sweepstakes as planned.  Entrants who violate the Official Rules, violate any law, rule or regulation in connection with participation in any Sweepstakes, tamper with the operation of the Sweepstakes or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Sponsor, the Sweepstakes or any other Entrant (in each case as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from Entry into the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes.  Any provision of the Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect.  If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Sweepstakes, please mail them “Puppy’s First Visit to PetSmart Sweepstakes” Official Rules at 19601 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027 – Attn: Social Media Manager or email to

Sweepstakes Sponsor: PetSmart, Inc., 19601 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027.