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What we do
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $170 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. so far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started.
The Petco Foundation was founded in 1999, formalizing Petco's longstanding commitment to animal welfare. The late Paul Jolly, a Petco employee since 1978, was chosen as the Petco Foundation’s first executive director. For the next 15 years, he led the Foundation to make an enormous impact on the lives of countless animals across the country.
Over the years, the Petco Foundation has served as a leader and valued partner in animal welfare. From adoption and spay/neuter programs, to disaster relief, groundbreaking research, education, food and medical supplies, and everything in between, the Petco Foundation's work has always focused on one thing: Creating a better world for animals and the people who love and need them.
In 2013, Susanne Kogut took over the helm of the Foundation as Executive Director. With a background of leadership in finance and law paired with demonstrated success in the animal welfare community, Susanne continues to drive the Petco Foundation's impactful work forward with a renewed emphasis on lifesaving.
Today, more than ever, the Petco Foundation is committed to working with animal lovers across the country to help pets and people live their best lives together.
In addition to our partners in Petco stores across the country, the Petco Foundation is comprised of a mighty team of animal lovers dedicated to making a difference.
Our Board of Directors
Charlie Piscitello, President
Jufith Muñoz, Vice President
Susanne Kogut, Executive Director
Susanne Kogut, Executive Director
Rana Smith, Director, Development and Marketing
Susan Cosby, Director of Lifesaving – Business Programs & Partnerships
Caroline Childress, Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
Anna Gerhart, Donor & Fundraising Analyst
Rebecca Mayberry, Development Manager
Karen Meader, Field Program Manager
Mary Samples, Field Program Manager
Mary Ann Magana, Mgr., Grant Administration
Elena Moore, Executive Administrative Assistant
Sharon Sayegh, Executive Administrative Assistant
Amanda Graham, Digital Marketing Manager
Nicole Beltran, Communications Specialist
Alexis Moore, Development Operations Specialist
Courtney Cunningham, Lifesaving Partner Relations Specialist
René M. Moreno, Manager, National Field Program
Lisa Lane, Manager, Press Relations and Communications
Bill Gialenes, Field Program Manager
Enrique Campbell, Sr Lifesaving Analyst, Foundation Administration
The Petco Foundation team is based at Petco's corporate office in San Antonio, located at:
654 Richland Hills Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78245
PHONE: (858) 453-7845
FAX: (858) 909-2618
We're proud to have once again earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. A 4-star rating is the highest designation that a charity can earn, given to organizations that exceed industry standards in fiscal accountability and transparency and outperform other charities in their categories.