Petco Foundation Grants Holiday Wishes With $750,000 Donation

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The Petco Foundation, in collaboration with Petco, announced the names of 54 animal welfare organizations who are receiving $750,000 worth of grants through their Holiday Wishes campaign.

Every year, Petco and The Petco Foundation run the Holiday Wishes Campaign, which grants money to organizations who work for the betterment and welfare of animals everywhere. This year, the campaign will give $750,000 in grants that range from $5,000 to $50,000, and includes a grand prize amount of $100,000!

The organizations selected from a pool of people who submitted personal stories about how their adopted pet changed their lives. The adopters nominated their favorite animal welfare organizations and wrote and submitted heartwarming stories so that their organization could be considered for grant funding. Over 5,000 people submitted stories, which is over 2,000 more than last year, and those nominators who wrote winning stories also received a Petco Gift Card.

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Executive Director of the Petco Foundation Susanne Kogut said that the stories submitted illustrated how a pet’s love changes everything, and they were thrilled to celebrate that love, as well as the animal welfare groups who tirelessly work to save animals’ lives. The stories were a mix of humor, inspirational and tear-jerking, with a few even sharing how an adopted pet literally saved lives.

Just a Girl and Her Dog Find Joy in Just Being Together was about an adopted dog, Lester, who originally came to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society abused and terrified. Lester’s Mama wrote about how much Lester has changed, simply because he is loved.

Pit Bull Rescued from Fighting Ring Becomes Cover Girl for Chocolate Bar features former ballet dancer Sarah Feoli, who adopted her Pit Bull Mocha from the Foster Dogs NYC organization. Feoli said that after her career was cut short, she found purpose in Mocha, and created Rescue Chocolate, which gives all its net profits to animal organizations around the country! Mocha brought purpose into Sarah’s life, and this purpose in turn helps hundreds of rescue groups across the country.

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Dog Gives Young Boy Special Gift of Friendship is an inspiring story about Katherine Scardasis’s dog Lexi. Katherine’s son Johnny was born with severe Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Lexi, who was adopted from the Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston, has made such a difference in Johnny’s life. Katherine says that Lexi and Johnny have a special bond in friendship and they love each other unconditionally.

This year, for the first time, The Petco Foundation is giving all animal lovers the opportunity to participate in their Holiday Wishes campaign! From now until December 31, 2016, anyone can read all the finalist stories and then vote for their favorite. The winner will be the People’s Choice and will receive $100,000, while the top five organizations with the most votes will also receive an additional gift of anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000.

The People’s Choice Award winners will be announced in January, so get over there now, grab some tissues and vote for your favorite!

Lori Ennis
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