Help For Heroes

Help Heroes Who Help Us

Join the Petco Foundation in supporting shelter pets that assist thousands of first responders, police, and our nation’s military veterans and others in need. The work that service 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.

allessandra & kota

After retiring from service, Navy Veteran Alessandra was struggling with PTSD related symptoms and was having a hard time trusting people and leaving the house.

Meet Kota

jake & stryker

Jake was brought into the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, wandering as a stray. When staff noticed his fun energy and love for fetch, they thought he had the potential to assist in search and rescue.

Meet Jake

robert & kaimi

In 2008, Kaimi was nationally certified as the first accelerant detection canine in the state of Hawaii. Along with his handler, assistant fire chief Robert, they’ve helped the Hawaii Fire Department in nearly 300 arson cases.

Meet Kaimi

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.