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
Special Application

Jan 1
Jan 31

Spay and Neuter Providers

Mar 15
Apr 26

Helping Heroes, Service & Therapy Providers

Aug 1
Sep 26

Animal Welfare Organizations

Aug 15
Sep 30

Holiday Wishes

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.

Learn More

Holiday Wishes

The Holiday Wishes campaign gives adopters the opportunity to share their stories of how their pet changes their life, and gives the animal welfare organization they adopted from a chance to win a grant of up to $100,000 from the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco.

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 2019 Innovation Showdown application is open. 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 2019 HSUS Animal Care Expo. The application will be opening soon.
    See the 2018 Winners
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Instructions & Tutorials

Regular Applicant Registration Page
Applicant Workflow with decision information

application faqs