Petco Foundation Honors “Helping Heroes”
When Navy Veteran Alessandra began experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms, her adopted service dog, Kota, from Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas, helped her regain confidence and independence, according to Petco Foundation officials.
The Petco Foundation aims to raise $2.2 million to honor “Helping Heroes”—service, therapy and working animals—through a nationwide campaign that runs now through Oct. 27. The campaign celebrates and invests in the organizations that train and support these heroes to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every day, according to officials.
To date, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $14 million to support these animals, with a special emphasis on organizations like Working Dogs for Conservation, Companions For Heroes, 4 Paws 4 Patriots, Shelter to Soldier Inc., Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas, Project Delta Inc., Paws & Stripes, Operation Delta Dog, which obtain pets from shelters and transform them into Helping Heroes.
“Saving these amazing animals and transforming them into heroes highlights the true potential of shelter pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “The transformative impact that these animals have on so many individuals is life-changing, and we are proud to celebrate and support the organizations that make this possible.”
Throughout the month, the Petco Foundation will share stories and videos about these organizations and animals. For example, when Navy Veteran Alessandra began experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms, her adopted service dog, Kota, from Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas, helped her regain confidence and independence, according to Petco Foundation officials. Her full story can be found here.
On Oct. 12, the Petco Foundation and local organizations are inviting the public to meet Helping Heroes at participating Petco locations across the country. Guests will learn about the transformative impact that therapy, service and/or working animals have on lives every day, officials said. Details can be found here.
Individuals can help these heroes by donating online or in a Petco or Unleashed by Petco store now through Oct. 27.