Join Us

The Petco Foundation invites you to join us for the 2017 Awards Gala, a celebration of the love that saves animal lives.

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS: Peggy Hillier and Bruce Hall

Friday, May 19, 2017
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Black Tie Optional

6:00pm - 7:00pm Cocktail Party
7:00pm - 9:30pm Awards & “Innovation Showdown”
9:30pm - 11:00pm Post Awards Celebration
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Our emcee for the evening is celebrated actress, singer and comedian Jane Lynch. Petco Foundation Gala Award Emcee Jane Lynch Other special guests include:


Be a part of the celebration that saves lives.

Help us honor those people who put their love into action every day to create a significant lifesaving impact.

Sponsorship opportunities include the chance to present a lifesaving award, participation in a private experience with our event emcee, enabling animal welfare heroes to attend, receiving recognition for your brand and more!

See the full list of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities


We believe love has the power to change lives, communities and even the world—and when we work together, there are no limits to what love can do. Love is why we work every day to raise the bar and set a new standard for animals in our country.

And in doing so, we're creating a new future for animals and the people who love them.

Will you join us?

Lifesaving Awards

Special Recognition – Founder’s Award
Honoring Brian Devine, former Petco CEO and Chairman, for his creation of and commitment to the Petco Foundation.

Presented by:

Paul Jolly Compassion Award - Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association
Recognizing a small to mid-sized organization whose compassion for animals moved them to make a difference.
Presented by:
Central Garden and Pet

Spay Neuter Award - Coalition for Pets and Public Safety
Celebrating the commitment of a high-impact spay and neuter clinic for service to their community, sterilizing an extraordinary number of animals.

Presented by:

Helping Heroes Award - Mission K9 Rescue
Honoring the work of an organization committed to serving our courageous canine heroes.
Presented by:

Love Amplified Award - NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations for Clear The Shelters
Recognizing the visionary marketing and outreach efforts that resulted in increasing pet adoptions and saving lives across the country.
Presented by:

Lifesaving Impact Award - Lifeline Animal Project
Celebrating an exceptional organization, whose inspirational leadership transformed their community making a significant lifesaving impact.
Presented by:
Blue Buffalo

Unsung Hero Award in partnership with Victoria Stilwell - Karl Booker 
Thanking a special individual whose commitment and story of dedication exemplifies their love for animals.
Presented by:
State Farm

Innovation Showdown

Following the Awards celebration, Gala guests will be treated to the Innovation Showdown, where the industry's most innovative lifesaving ideas will be presented seeking investment from industry experts and Gala guests.

It's your chance to make lifesaving history!

The Innovation Showdown

Are you an animal welfare professional with an idea that could help change the landscape of animal welfare and save more lives? The 2018 Innovation Showdown is now accepting applications. You will have the chance to compete for investments to make BIG things happen for animals!


Gala guests receive a special rate of $219 per night at the Marriott Marquis. Call (877) 622-3056 to make your reservation. The special rate expires on April 25, 2017, so make your reservations early.

Gala Questions?

We're here to help! Send us an email with any questions you have.