Banfield Pet Hospital® Joins in the Reindeer Games

• Los Angeles, Calif.

Brian Baumgartner of “The Office” Judges “Santa’s Next Reindeer” Audition at Grand Opening of Banfield Pet Hospital in West Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Calif.Dec. 15, 2012—Santa Claus is coming to town—and he’s in need of a new reindeer to guide his sleigh this holiday season! Banfield Pet Hospital is hosting an open audition for one lucky pet to become “Santa’s Next Reindeer” as celebrity guest, Brian Baumgartner, also known as “Kevin” from the hit television show “The Office,” will star as Santa Claus to judge the competition. Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the new Banfield Pet Hospital in West Los Angeles, located inside PetSmart at 11250 West Olympic Blvd., on Saturday, December 15, from 11 a.m. to Noon, for a chance to become the star of Santa’s sleigh.
"Let's be honest...being one of Santa's reindeer might be the most important job in the world. So I will be checking my list of criteria, twice, to determine which pet can best guide the sleigh,” said Baumgartner. "But regardless of the outcome of the competition, pets in the community will have a great new place to visit where they can continue to stay happy and healthy. So in the end, everyone is a winner.”
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Contestants will be judged on visual resemblance or costume, best holiday carol/howl and most howliday spirit. The grand-prize winner of the “Santa’s Next Reindeer” contest will receive a year of free preventive veterinary care from Banfield Pet Hospital, a pet themed swag bag from PetSmart® and will be featured in the Banfield’s social media holiday card along with celebrity Santa and judge Brian Baumgartner. Two runner-ups will also receive a year of free preventive veterinary care from Banfield Pet Hospital as well as a holiday gift basket from PetSmart.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating the holidays with the grand opening of our West Los Angeles location,” said Dr. Hannah Weitzenfeld, lead veterinarian for Banfield Pet Hospital    of West Los Angeles. “We’re reminded, especially during the holiday season, how pets are truly members of the family. Our veterinary team looks forward to getting to know this community of pet owners and focusing on preventive care to help keep pets happy and healthy so they can celebrate this special season for years to come.”
To commemorate the grand opening and give back to the loyal pet community, 20 percent of Banfield’s opening weekend revenue will be donated to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA).
Reindeer Games at Banfield and PetSmart
In addition to Banfield’s “Santa’s Next Reindeer” contest, PetSmart will be giving away gift cards for the first 50 people to enter the store on Saturday, December 15.  Other activities include free photos with Santa, a dog trick training contest, giveaways and the opportunity to enroll in the PetSmart PetPerks® program.
Pet owners can explore Banfield Pet Hospital, meet with the veterinary staff, and learn more about Banfield services, including Optimum Wellness Plans®, packages of preventive care services. In addition, guests can enjoy refreshments, contests, giveaways, “Ask-the-Vet” and hospital tours. Grand opening activities for both Banfield and PetSmart begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.
The Banfield Pet Hospital of West Los Angeles is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday; also offering early drop-off hours for added convenience. The hospital is staffed by Hannah Weitzenfeld, DVM as well as Jovanna Radillo, DVM with assistance from experienced veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and support staff.
While offering services such as a full-service grooming salon and professional training for dogs, the newest PetSmartstore also includes a PetSmart PetsHotel® boarding facility and on-call veterinary care, as well as state-of-the-art PetSmart Doggie Day CampSM where canines can exercise and socialize with other dogs. Those looking for a pet can participate in adoption events held by PetSmart Charities® adoption partners each weekend to celebrate the bond between pets and their pet parents. 
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About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today we are more than 800 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States. More than 2,600 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for pets and extended operating hours. Banfield Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®. For journalists seeking more information, please visit our press room at or contact our Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.
About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc.(NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 50,000 associates and operates more than 1,210 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 189 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel®dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information ( PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets.