All For Helping Heroes

Help Heroes Who Help Us

Join the Petco Foundation in supporting thousands of therapy, service and working animals who bravely dedicate their lives to helping people. The work that service, therapy and working animals do is nothing short of heroic, and we’re proud to support animals that dedicate their lives to saving and improving the lives of others.

Since 2012, thanks to your support, we’ve invested more than $14 million to support the life-changing work of helping heroes.

Scroll down to learn more about Helping Heroes and read stories of shelter pets whose lives were saved, and who in turn became helping heroes to others. These pets highlight the true potential of shelter pets and showcase the life-changing impact they bring to their communities and the world.

Service Animals

Service animals are trained to provide daily support for people with physical, neurological and mental health needs.

Meet Kota

Working Animals

Working animals are trained to perform a specific task. Often these animals have jobs like safeguarding military bases, search and rescue, and detecting arson.

Meet Jake

Therapy Animals

Therapy animals provide affection and comfort to people at places such as hospitals, senior living centers and schools.

Meet Scarlett

Jennifer & Stryker

When Jennifer came home after serving in Iraq, she began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so a friend recommended she look into getting a service dog to help ease her symptoms and make life more manageable. That’s how she met Stryker.