Pets Change Our Lives – This Holiday, Petco Foundation Grants $860,000 to Save Theirs

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Thousands of pet adopters share stories that demonstrate how essential pets are in 2020!

This Giving Tuesday, the Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, celebrates the life-changing impact of pet adoption by awarding $860,000 in Holiday Wishes grant awards to animal welfare organizations across the country. Thousands of adopters nationwide submitted stories about how their pets changed their lives and 50 of the best stories were selected, awarding lifesaving funds ranging from $5,000 up to $100,000 for the organization that made their adoption match possible.

“Animal welfare organizations work tirelessly to save pet lives every day, and we’re proud to surprise them at the holidays with grant investments to support their lifesaving work,” said Petco Foundation President, Susanne Kogut. “These stories highlight how the love of an adopted pet changes so many lives in different ways, especially during these challenging times. This Giving Tuesday, we hope these stories motivate others to adopt a pet and to give back to hardworking organizations in their communities.”

This year’s challenges demonstrate the importance of pets and how their bond helps change our lives for the better. According to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), 72% of pet owners say that spending time with their pet is helping reduce stress and improving wellbeing during the pandemic.

From heartwarming to inspirational, this year’s Holiday Wishes winning stories captured the big and small ways pets impact our lives both throughout the pandemic and before. Selected stories include:

  • Adopted Cat Brings Father and Daughter Together to Fight a Pandemic.
  • Nurse Gets a Dose of Unconditional Love from Adopted Dog.
  • Teaching Love in the Time of Coronavirus.

Source: Petco Foundation

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