Love Changes Everything

Send Love to a Shelter Pet

Cozier naps. Longer morning runs. Warmer welcomes every time you walk in the door. The love of adopted pets changes everything! Help us celebrate that love by creating the World’s Largest Virtual Valentine to shelter pets and the people who care for them. Submit your valentine photo or video message below now through Feb. 13. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll deliver your message of love to more than 4,000 animal welfare organizations across the country!

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DAILY AWARDS!
Daily prize pack drawings, including, a Petco gift card in the amount of $50, a signed print from MUTTS, a Petco Foundation apparel item, a tote bag from BOBS from Skechers and a coupon for a bag of WholeHearted dog or cat food. Additionally, the organization where the pet was adopted from is eligible for a $1,000 grant award.

GET THE MOST "LIKES" TO WIN!
We're awarding a Petco gift card in the amount of $100, a MUTTS print, WholeHearted treats, a Petco Foundation apparel item, a tote from BOBS from Skechers and a bag of WholeHearted dog or cat food to the top two most "liked" photos! The photo with the most "likes" will also receive a year of WholeHearted dog or cat food.

ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS CAN WIN BIG!
The organization with the most submitted photos is eligible for a $10,000 grant award, plus 1,000 lbs. of WholeHearted dog or cat food AND we'll have drawings for $1,000 grant awards!

Adopters can help their adoption organization win a lifesaving grant by sharing the virtual valentine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #ShelterValentine.


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Featured Love Stories

Kim + Buddy

Kim’s husband Ed had two rules: no more cats in the house, and absolutely no cats on the bed. Then he met Buddy, who melted his heart and became part of the family.

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Alicia + Luka

Alicia had always dreamed of adopting a dog. Then she met Luka, who became her constant companion, her matchmaker, and her best friend.

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Jessica + Bernadette

Bernadette the cat snuggles her way into her two-legged sisters’ hearts, one sleepover at a time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Submission FAQs (Click to expand)

    Q1: WHO CAN SUBMIT PHOTOS AND OR VIDEO MESSAGES TO THE VALENTINE?
    A: Any person who wishes to send a message of love to shelter pets and the people who love and care for them can submit up to three entries to the mosaic.

    Q2: WHEN CAN I SUBMIT MY PHOTO AND/OR VIDEO ENTRY?
    A: Adopters can submit photos and/or videos from January 15, 9 a.m. CST to February 13, 5 p.m. CST.

    Q3: WHAT SHOULD THE SUBMISSION INCLUDE?
    A: A message of love to shelter pets and/or the people who love and care for them. This can be a video message thanking the organization that you adopted from for saving your pet or a simple photo that illustrates the love that your pet brings to your life with a simple message of support for shelter pets and people who make their adoption possible.

    Q4: CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY SUBMISSION AFTER I UPLOAD IT?
    A: Once entries are submitted, they cannot be changed or edited.

    Q5: WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS AND/VIDEO SHOULD I INCLUDE?
    A: Share any media that shows how the love of a pet has changed your life and that sends a thank you and/or message of hope to shelter pets and those who love and care for them.

    Please do not submit photos/video that contain watermarks or text/graphics overlaid on the image. Collage images and/or images with added borders, etc., are not preferred. In order to submit a video entry, you must provide a YouTube link. Videos cannot be uploaded from your computer. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

    Q6: I AM A PETCO EMPLOYEE. AM I ABLE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS AND WIN A PRIZE?
    A: We are always happy to see Petco employees celebrating the love of adopted pets! Petco employees are eligible to submit and win grant awards for their animal welfare organization, but are not eligible to claim prizes associated with the event.

    Q7: HOW MANY PHOTOS/VIDEOS CAN I SUBMIT?
    A: Each person is limited to three entries throughout the submission period. Please note, each video submission must also be accompanied by a thumbnail photo in order to be included in the online photo mosaic.

    Q8: WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    A: The Petco Foundation grants funds to qualified animal welfare organizations based in the United States. Organizations include municipal or government animal shelters and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations such as humane societies, SPCAs and foster-based rescues. In order to claim a grant award, the selected organization must complete a grant application prior to February 28, 2019.

    Q9: WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED WHEN I UPLOAD MY SUBMISSION?
    Required information includes: first name, last name, email address, zip code, pet type, and a photo and/or video YouTube link.

    Optional information includes: name of animal welfare organization that you adopted your pet from, animal welfare organization’s URL and a message to accompany your photo and/or video submission.

    Q10: DOES MY PET HAVE TO BE ADOPTED?
    No, the valentine celebrates pet adoption and recognizes those who work hard to care for shelter pets. Anyone can share a message of support. If you adopted your pet from an eligible animal welfare organization, and you included the organization’s name and website URL in your submission, your entry will be eligible to win grant awards for the organization you adopted from.

    Q11. WHAT IF I DON’T REMEMBER WHERE I ADOPTED MY PET, THE ORGANIZATION IS CLOSED, I ADOPTED MY PET FROM A FRIEND OR I ADOPTED MY PET FROM THE STREETS?
    You are welcome to submit an entry and still be eligible for prizes from Petco, WholeHearted, BOBS for Dogs from Skechers and MUTTS. However, your submission will not be eligible for grant awards.

    You can leave the field labeled “Name of the Animal Welfare Organization that you adopted your pet from” blank, or you can enter “from an individual” or “from the streets.”

    Q12. WHY DO I NEED TO SUBMIT THE ORG NAME AND ORG WEBSITE WHERE I ADOPTED MY PET?
    Each day we will be selecting a submission and awarding a $1,000 grant award to the organization where the featured pet was adopted from! We need the organization’s name and website so that we can verify the organization’s eligibility to receive a grant award.

    Submissions that do not include the organization’s website, or list an organization name differently than how it appears on the organization’s Facebook page may not be eligible to receive a grant award or the award for the most submissions.

    Q13. WHAT IF THE ORGANIZATION I ADOPTED FROM DOES NOT HAVE A WEBSITE?
    If the organization you adopted from does not have a website, please include a link to the organization’s Facebook page.

    Q14. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY PHOTO AND/OR VIDEO SUBMISSION?
    Submissions will be a part of the world’s largest valentine to shelter pets and the people who care for them. It will be sent to more than 4,000 animal welfare partners across the nation on February 14, 2019.

    Q15. HOW CAN I SEE THE FINAL VALENTINE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS BEING CELEBRATED AND SUPPORTED DURING THIS CAMPAIGN?

    Good news! You can follow us on social media to see the valentine come to life throughout the campaign AND you can see the big celebrations unfold across the nation LIVE if you follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on February 14, 2019.

  • Animal Welfare Organizations FAQs (Click to Expand)

    Q1: HOW CAN I ENCOURAGE OUR ADOPTERS TO SUBMIT?
    Download the Send Love toolkit which contains sample social media posts, email banners and a press release.

    Q2: CAN OUR ORGANIZATION HAVE MORE THAN ONE WINNING SUBMISSION?
    Yes, it is possible that multiple entries could result in more than one grant award for your organization!

    Q3: HOW DOES MY ORGANIZATION BECOME ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD?
    The Petco Foundation grants funds to qualified animal welfare organizations based in the United States. Organizations include municipal or government animal shelters and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations such as humane societies, SPCAs and foster-based rescues.

    To receive an award, selected organizations will be required to complete a short application form by Feb. 28, 2019 and must meet the Petco Foundation’s grant requirements. Selected organizations will be notified via email and phone with instructions on how to complete their grant application.

    Q4: I’M A SERVICE ANIMAL ORGANIZATION, CAN SOMEONE ENTER A SUBMISSION ON OUR BEHALF?
    If your organization acquired the pet featured in submission from an animal shelter, trained the service animal and matched them with a person in need, yes, you may be eligible to participate.

  • Winner Selection & Prizes FAQs (click to expand)

    Q1: WHO WILL DECIDE WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE DAILY GRANTS?
    Winning submissions will be chosen randomly each day. The associated submitter and the organization they adopted from will be selected as winners. Submitters must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry. If the selected submission does not include organization information, no grant award will be given for that selected submission.

    Q2: WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR SEND LOVE VALENTINE MOSAIC?

    Daily Winner Prize:
    Winner will receive a Petco gift card in the amount of $50, a signed print from MUTTS, a Petco Foundation apparel item, a tote bag from BOBS for Dogs from Skechers and a coupon for a free bag of WholeHearted dry dog or cat food.

    In addition, the Animal Welfare Organization where the selected winner adopted their pet from (as indicated on the entry form) will be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant award from the Petco Foundation. The total combined approximate retail value of each prize for the individual is $200. Gift cards are subject to the terms and conditions stated on the cards.

    Entry with the most “likes”:
    Winner will receive a Petco gift card in the amount of $100, a signed print from MUTTS, a Petco Foundation apparel item and a year of dry WholeHearted dog or cat food. The total combined approximate retail value of prize to the individual winner is $360.

    Entry with the 2nd most “likes”:
    Winner will receive a Petco gift card in the amount of $100, a signed print from MUTTS, a Petco Foundation apparel item and a year of dry WholeHearted dog or cat food. The total combined approximate retail value of prize to the individual winner is $360.

    Animal Welfare Organization with the most entries:
    Organization will be eligible to receive a $10,000 grant award from the Petco Foundation and 1,000 pounds of WholeHearted dry dog or cat food.

    For full prize details and eligibility, please see our Terms and Conditions.

    Q3: WHEN WILL THE WINNING ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS BE ANNOUNCED?
    Winning organizations will be notified daily. The organization with the most submitted entries will be notified the week following February 14, 2019.

    Q4: WHEN WILL PRIZES AND GRANT AWARDS BE DISTRIBUTED?
    Winning submitters will receive their prize pack by March 30, 2019.

    Winning organizations will be required to complete a short form in order to be eligible to receive their grant award. Grant awards will be sent in a timely manner once the completed form is received.

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