Petco Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Winners

There is still time to vote in the Holiday Wishes campaign “People’s Choice Award,” which will give the top 5 organizations the chance to receive additional grant funding.
Amanda Carrozza
Published: November 27, 2018
Petco Foundation Grant Winner As part of the sixth annual Holiday Wishes campaign from the Petco Foundation, thousands of pet adopters from around the United States submitted heartfelt stories about how their newest furry family members have changed their lives for the better. Fifty-one stories were chosen, each earning the animal welfare organization where the pet was adopted a Holiday Wishes grant.

"We want to thank all the pet adopters who shared their amazing stories, and we hope by celebrating some of these stories, others may be motivated to adopt a pet this holiday season," said Susanne Kogut, Petco Foundation president.

"It's truly inspiring reading story after story about how the love from an adopted pet changed so many lives in different ways. And, for the adoption groups that make it all possible, well, it's like a visit from Santa Claus delivering a Holiday Wishes grant award to support their year-round dedication and lifesaving work,” Kogut added.

Since 2013, the Petco Foundation has awarded more than $3.4 million to animal welfare organizations across the nation during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign. Grants include a $100,000 grand prize and 50 finalist awards ranging from $5000 to $50,000. The selected adopters who submitted their stories also receive a Petco shopping spree of up to $1000.

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Among the stories selected this year was that of the incredible bond between Annagrace and her dog Auggie. Earlier this year, Annagrace was in chemistry class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when the fire alarm went off. By the end of the day, the quiet community that Annagrace and her family called home was rocked by what became known as the deadliest school shooting in the country’s history, taking the lives of 17 people and injuring 17 more. As described in the family’s submission, it was impossible not to know someone who was affected at some level.

Upon returning to school, several therapy dogs—and even a pig—were brought in to help the children cope with their anxiety, fear, and sadness. Upon hearing Annagrace talk about the dogs in the school and seeing the effect they had on her, the family decided to bring Auggie into their lives. The shelter Auggie was adopted from, the Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue in Florida, received the grand prize of $100,000.

There is still time to make more holiday wishes come true through the program. From now through December 19, the "People's Choice Award" will allow the public to vote for their favorite adoption story and give the top 5 organizations the chance to receive up to $25,000 in additional grant funding. You can read the inspiring stories and cast your vote at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. The results of "The People's Choice Award" will be revealed before Christmas.

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