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Petco Foundation Recognizes Animal Groups through Holiday Wishes Campaign


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When Buddy, an adopted dog through Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County in Muskegon, Mich., senses a need in another, he is drawn to the person’s side and provides comfort simply by being there, according to officials.

The Petco Foundation is awarding nearly $900,000 in grant awards to animal welfare organizations that “work hard year-round” in helping animals find forever homes. The grant awards are part of the Petco Foundation’s annual Holiday Wishes campaign where adopters share the stories of how their adopted pets brighten their lives.

“Pets brighten our lives in so many ways, small and large,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Petco, which is headquartered in San Antonio. “We read story after story demonstrating just how much of an impact adopted pets have on the lives of people all across the country. We are so inspired by them and grateful to the animal welfare organizations that make these adoption matches possible. We can’t wait to celebrate these individuals and their pets and make Holiday Wishes come true for the animal welfare organizations that do this lifesaving work every day.”

This year, 105 adopters earned their animal welfare groups a grant during the campaign. Grant awards include a $100,000 grand prize, 55 finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and 50 honorable mentions earning $1,000 each.

The campaign is run in partnership with Skechers and its charitable footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers. Winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree of up to $1,000. Winners and honorable mention recipients will receive a pair of BOBS from Skechers shoes and matching pet accessories, according to company officials.

“We’ve been incredibly moved by the Holiday Wishes winners’ personal journeys,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “They are making a difference with their local adoption agencies, which we are proud to support through our efforts with BOBS from Skechers—a collection that aims to help save lives of animals across the country.”

The winners are listed here.

 

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