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Foundation Events - Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

Throughout October, pet parents and animal lovers across the country submitted stories about how adopting a pet changed their lives, and in doing so, gave deserving animal welfare organizations the opportunity to receive a grant from the Petco Foundation!

More than 3,000 stories were submitted, and now, the Petco Foundation is thrilled to announce our 53 winning stories and the recipients of $750,000 in grants.

The animal welfare organizations referenced in the stories will receive grants ranging from $5,000 – $100,000 to celebrate their lifesaving work. Halo, Purely for Pets and partner Freekibble.com will also provide each of the top five winners with 10,000 bowls of Halo natural pet food for their shelter, and adopters will receive $500 worth of food for their own pets.

Congratulations to our winning organizations, and thank you to all of our story submitters for helping us make Holiday Wishes come true! We invite you to follow along to read the winning stories in the coming weeks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation by using the campaign hash tag, #HolidayWishes2015.

Watch our blog for full stories throughout the month of December.

$100,000 Grant Winner

Nevada Humane Society – Reno, Nevada

Story: Brindy: Disability and Community Service Dog
Submitted by: Linda Hibbard

When Linda learned the waiting list for a therapy dog was 2 – 4 years, she decided to adopt and train her own Brindy exceeded everyone’s expectations, becoming a loyal friend, companion, and beloved member of the community.

Read the full grand prize winning story »

Nevada Humane Society - Brindy

$50,000 Grant Winners

Gateway Pet Guardians – St. Louis, Missouri

Story: TV Reporter Falls in Love at Work
Submitted by: Julie Tristan

While covering a story about Gateway Pet Guardians, Julie had no idea she was about to fall in love not once, but twice.

Gateway Pet Guardians - Simone

Jasper Animal Rescue Mission – Bluffton, South Carolina

Story: Titan
Submitted by: Carole Christensen

After helping Carole and her husband through the end of their time together, Titan continued to teach Carole how to mourn, heal, and love.

Jasper Animal Rescue Mission - Titan

Last Chance Animal Sanctuary Inc. – Sarasota, Florida

Story: Frowns Turned Upside Down
Submitted by: Jane Smith

Two special cats helped Jane's husband, Bob, an Alzheimer’s patient, smile again.

Last Chance Animal Sanctuary Inc. – Frankie

Northwoods Humane Society – Wyoming, Minnesota

Story: Making Me a Better Person Every Day
Submitted by: Kacie Carlson

When Kacie adopted Maple, she could never have anticipated all the ways her life was about to change.

Northwoods Humane Society – Maple

$25,000 Grant Winners

Central Texas Dachshund Rescue – Austin, Texas

Story: Blessed by Buzz
Submitted by: Carolyn Honish

A little deaf Dachshund touches the lives of Carolyn’s family and students as a therapy dog.

Central Texas Dachshund Rescue - Buzz

Cleveland Animal Protective League – Cleveland, Ohio

Story: Life Saving Therapy Cat
Submitted by: Meghan Moran

Meghan credits Flynn with saving her life and helping her find purpose.

Cleveland Animal Protective League - Flynn

Fresno Bully Rescue – Fresno, California

Story: Fat Little Brown Dog
Submitted by: Lisa Reilly

A fat little brown dog, Meaty, brings love into Lisa’s life.

Fresno Bully Rescue - Meaty

Jacksonville Humane Society – Jacksonville, Florida

Story: Cancer, Chemo and a Cat
Submitted by: Taylor Overby

Diagnosed with cancer at just 21 years old, Daisy helped Taylor heal in more ways than one.

Jacksonville Humane Society - Daisy

Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue – Mt. Airy, Maryland

Story: Service Dog: A Rescue’s Important Calling
Submitted by: Jill Pelovitz

When Clara is adopted by the Pelovitz family, she assumes the role of service dog, alerting for Nadiya’s seizures day and night.

Mid Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue - Clara

Pound Pets, Inc. – Granite City, Illinois

Story: Dottie, My Anti-Anxiety Medication
Submitted by: Derrick Kohlenberger

U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick hadn’t been able to sleep for years – until Dottie came along and changed everything.

Pound Pets, Inc - Dottie

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter – Taos, New Mexico

Story: My Gal Blue
Submitted by: Lauri Lambert

Lori was NOT looking for a dog...until she was.

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter - Atticus

Toledo's PETbull Project – Toledo, Ohio

Story: Our Second Chance
Submitted by: Maria Dunbar

Training dogs helped Maria cope during her time in prison, and then, a special pup helped her make a fresh start.

Toledo's Petbull Project - Peanut

$10,000 Grant Winners

  • Adore-A-Bull – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Angels Among Us Pet Rescue – Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Anjellicle Cats Rescue – New York, New York
  • Max's Pet Connection – Umatilla, Florida
  • Parma Animal Shelter – Parma, Ohio
  • Richmond, SPCA – Richmond, Virginia
  • Spotty Dog Rescue – Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation ARF – Walnut Creek, California
  • Wee Companions Small Animal Adoption – San Diego, California
  • Willamette Humane Society – Salem, Oregon

$5,000 Grant Winners

  • A Forever Home Rescue Foundation – Chantilly, Virginia
  • All Herding Breed Dog Rescue of Illinois – Joliet, Illinois
  • Bunny World Foundation – Los Angeles, California
  • Arizona Beagle Rescue – Phoenix, Arizona
  • Boxer Luv Rescue – Phoenix, Arizona
  • CAWS – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • DC Area Weimaraner Rescue – Front Royal, Virginia
  • DFW Pug Rescue – Dallas, Texas
  • Dogs Deserve Better – Smithfield, Virginia
  • Fetch a Cure Pen Pals – Richmond, Virginia
  • Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter – Alameda, California
  • Fur Babies Rescue & Referral Inc. – Valley Stream, New York
  • Great Pyrenees Association of Southern California Rescue Inc. – Devore, California
  • Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary – Washburn, Missouri
  • Honor Animal Rescue – Bradenton, Florida
  • Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association – Charleston, West Virginia
  • Lapcats – Elk Grove, California
  • Maryland SPCA – Baltimore, Maryland
  • Mostly Muttz Rescue – Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
  • Multiple Breed Rescue – Elryia, Ohio
  • Placer County SPCA – Roseville, California
  • Pibbles and More Animal Rescue – Binghamton, New York
  • R Mighty Mutts – New York, New York
  • Red Hook Dog Rescue, Inc. – Brooklyn, New York
  • Silicon Valley Pet Project – San Jose, California
  • The Last Resort Rescue – Westwood, New Jersey
  • Two by Two Rescue – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Valiant Animal Rescue + Relief – Charleston, South Carolina
  • Wild Blue Animal Rescue & Sanctuary – Colorado Springs, Colorado