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2021 Love Stories Winner: Louise and Edward struggled to conceive, but throughout their infertility journey, kittens Tom and Sylvester offered comfort, healing, and a new definition of family.

National nonprofit Petco Love kicked off its annual Love Stories campaign (formerly Holiday Wishes) and has pledged $1 million to support animal welfare organizations. With thousands of adopters nationwide sharing stories about how their pets changed their lives, Petco Love and campaign partner, BOBS from Skechers, selected the 100 best stories and will celebrate this holiday season at gatherings in Petco Pet Care Centers across the nation through Dec. 19.

At the events, Petco Love will surprise the pet adoption organization with a grant award of up to $100,000, and the adopter will receive BOBS from Skechers shoes and a Petco shopping spree to spoil their beloved pet(s).

“These Love Stories reflect the importance of pets in our lives. Whether we’re in the best or worst of times, the love of pets can change everything,” said Susanne Kogut Petco Love’s president. “Reading these touching tales strengthens our resolve to create a world where every shelter pet finds a loving family, and no pet is unnecessarily euthanized. We are proud to invest $1 million to further empower the lifesaving organizations that work tirelessly to save pet lives and inspire others to adopt pets from their local adoption organization.”

Animal lovers can champion pet adoption by voting for their favorite story in the People’s Choice Competition at petcolove.org/lovestories. The top five stories with the most votes will earn additional grant funding for animal welfare organizations from $5,000 to $25,000. People’s Choice winners will be announced before Christmas.