Petco Foundation
the Petco Foundation
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What we do
Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $135 million in lifesaving animal welfare work across the country. Today, with our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we empower communities to make a difference in the lives of animals by funding adoption programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our adoption efforts in more than 1,400 Petco stores nationwide, the Petco Foundation helps find homes for more than 420,000 animals each year.

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
Judith Muñoz, Vice President
Susanne Kogut, Executive Director
Dan Cohen
Paula Fasseas
Bruce Hall
Peggy Hillier
Reg Holden
Steve Lossing
Michael Peterson
Kailas Rao
Paul Ramaker
Lance Schwimmer
Rich Segal
Marcie Whichard
Our Staff
Susanne Kogut, Executive Director
Rana Smith, Director, Development and Marketing
Susan Cosby, Director of Lifesaving – Business Programs & Partnerships
Lori Morton-Feazell, Director of Adoptions
Caroline Childress, Mgr., Financial Planning & Analysis
Anna Gerhart, Donor & Fundraising Analyst
Lee Domaszowec, Program Manager
Rebecca Mayberry, Development Manager
Reba Collins, Mgr., Communications & Content
Karen Meader, National Adoption Program Manager
Mary Samples, National Adoption Program Manager
Mary Ann Magana, Mgr., Grant Administration
Elena Moore, Executive Administrative Assistant
Sharon Sayegh, Executive Administrative Assistant
Contact Us
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

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