who we support

We offer support opportunities for organizations throughout the year. Organizations are invited to apply based on their organization type or primary purpose and mission. All requests for support should be submitted through our online application portal, Find your organization type below to learn more.

We are unable to support individuals, organizations outside the United States, or non-profit organizations whose primary mission is not related to companion animal welfare.

2019 Application Periods

*Pet Cancer Research & Treatment Organizations are by invitation only.
All application periods close at 5PM PT/8PM ET on the final day.

Oct 15
Jan 15

Innovation Showdown

Jan 1
Jan 31

Intake Diversion and Spay Neuter Providers

Mar 15
Apr 26

Helping Heroes, Service & Therapy Providers

Aug 1
Sep 26

Animal Welfare Organizations

Aug 12
Sep 23

Holiday Wishes

other opportunities

Cancer Treatment Fund

PCA Shelter Pet Cancer Treatment Fund

This grant opportunity is available to current, active Petco Foundation partners seeking assistance for a pet with cancer, either a pet in your care or one who has been adopted within the last six months.

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Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

Disaster relief support will be considered for organizations directly affected by natural disasters such as fires, floods, hurricanes and earthquakes as well as qualified first responders and disaster relief agencies.

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Community Adoption Events

community-wide adoption events

We sponsor community-wide adoption events that have a goal of more than 250 adoptions. These events are often held at a location other than a shelter, where multiple animal welfare organizations join together. Apply for up to three events within one application.

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Animal shelters and rescues – complete your Annual Partnership Report today

Annual partnership reports are required to be eligible for Petco Foundation grant awards

Unsung Heroes

The Petco Foundation is teaming up with Victoria Stilwell to honor Unsung Heroes across the nation for their extraordinary lifesaving efforts on behalf of animals. Each year, one of these honorees is awarded the national Unsung Hero award at the Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards.

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Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign

More than 15,000 adopters since 2012 have shared the big and small ways that their pet brightens their life to help make $4.2 million in Holiday Wishes grant awards come true for the animal welfare organization across the country that work hard year-round to make these adoption matches possible. This holiday season, we’ll celebrate the best stories and award nearly $900,000 in grant awards to animal welfare organizations at special celebrations at Petco locations coast to coast. Through December 20, you’ll even have the chance to vote for your favorite story to help them receive even more lifesaving funds.

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? You will have the chance to compete for investments to make BIG things happen for animals!

application period details

  • Innovation Showdown
    Are you an animal welfare professional with an idea that could help change the landscape of animal welfare and save more lives? Ready to compete for thousands of dollars in funding to make BIG things happen for animals? Submit your idea to our "Innovation Showdown" and you could have the opportunity to make your lifesaving pitch in front of a distinguished panel of innovation investors at the HSUS Animal Care Expo. The 2020 Application is open!
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  • Animal Welfare Organizations
    The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • Animal Control agencies & non-profit organizations responsible for animal control sheltering.
    • SPCA/humane societies and other non-profits that operate primarily out of an animal sheltering facility.
    • Non-profit organizations that are primarily foster-based rescues.




  • Helping Heroes: Service, Therapy, & Working Animal Organizations
    Each October in partnership with Merrick, we invite animal lovers to support the heroic and lifesaving work of service and therapy animals. Funds raised during this campaign support service and therapy animal organizations across the country.
  • Holiday Wishes: Sheltering & Adoption Organizations
    We invite pet parents and animal lovers across the country to share stories about how adopting a pet changed their lives—all for the chance to give deserving animal welfare organizations an opportunity to receive grants from the Petco Foundation. The 2019 application period will be August 15, 2019, through September 30, 2019.
    Read past winning Holiday Wishes stories!
  • Pet Cancer Research & Treatment Organizations
    Support for Pet Cancer Research & Support Organizations is available by invitation only.
  • Intake Diversion and Spay Neuter Providers
    The Petco Foundation grant opportunity for organizations whose primary mission is spay and neuter welcomes organizations like spay and neuter clinics and community cat groups to apply under this application.

Instructions & Tutorials

Regular Applicant Registration Page
Applicant Workflow with decision information

application faqs