HOLIDAY WISHES GRANTED

We asked adopters from across the U.S. to share how their adopted pet changed their life! Winning adopters will receive a Petco shopping spree AND the organization they adopted from will receive up to $100,000 in lifesaving grant awards.

The Petco Foundation announced the 2018 class of Holiday Wishes winners live on Facebook. Click on the video to watch the full presentation.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS COMPETITION

With 2018 winners announced, the public has the opportunity to helps us grant up to $25,000 in additional lifesaving funds during the People's Choice Competition! Beginning Nov. 16, click below to vote for your favorite adoption story through December 19, 2018 at noon CST.

2018 Holiday Wishes Winners

Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue

$100,000 Winner

Submitted by: Nuria

Cat Town

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Britt

Front Street Animal Shelter

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Robert

Kentucky Humane Society

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Emily

Operation Kindness

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Carla

Crash's Landing/Big Sid's Sanctuary

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Lynn

Fearless Kitty Rescue

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Kim

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: George

Oakland Animal Services

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Julianne

Paws for Life Animal Rescue

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Cheri

Tabby's Place

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Jessica

The Animal Foundation

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Alicia

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Brooke

Ani-Care Animal Shelter

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Jeri

Animal Village New Mexico

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Henry

Ferndale Cat Shelter

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Sydnee

Hollydogs Greyhound Adoption

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Diane

Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Corissa

Kimie’s Kritters Pet Rescue

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Terra

Last Chance Arkansas

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Natalie

Maui Humane Society

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Josephine

Mutts & Meows Animal Rescue

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Irene

Pawfect Match Rescue and Rehabilitation

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Butch

Saved By Grace Animal Rescue

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Tamiko

Tabby's Place

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Rose

The Animal Foundation

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Beth

Animal Rescue New Orleans

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Rebecca

Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Inc.

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Dylan

Austin Pets Alive

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Reeka

OC Animal Care

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Sophia

Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jen

Carroll County Animal Shelter

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Gary

City Dogs Cleveland

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Izzy

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Kelsey

Front Street Animal Shelter

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Kristin

Greenville Humane Society

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Rachel

Hollydogs Greyhound Adoption

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Emily

KC Pet Project

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Crystal

Lynchburg Humane Society

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jim

Meow Parlour Cats, Inc.

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Summer

Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Marilyn

Mutts-n-Stuff

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Samantha

North Country Animal League

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Sheila

Olympic Peninsula Humane Society

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Joe

Posh Pets Rescue

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Sondra

San Antonio Pets Alive

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Clare

South Hills Pet Rescue

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Danielle

Spotty Dog Rescue

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Christina

Sunshine Foundation

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Kristine

VIP Dog Teams

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Maura

Voices of Change Animal League (VOCAL)

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Kindel

PAST WINNERS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ.

  • Submission FAQs (Click to expand)

    Q: WHO CAN SUBMIT ADOPTION STORIES TO THE PETCO FOUNDATION’S HOLIDAY WISHES CAMPAIGN?
    Any person who has adopted a pet from an animal welfare organization in the United States can submit a story during the Holiday Wishes campaign. Please note that the pet must be currently living.

    Q: WHEN CAN I SUBMIT MY STORY?
    Adopters can submit stories August 15 – October 1, 2018 at noon CST. However, due to the timing of the contest and review requirements, we can only guarantee that the first 10,000 stories will be fully reviewed and considered for the campaign. We encourage all to enter stories in the Holiday Wishes campaign early to assure consideration.

    Q: WHAT SHOULD THE STORY BE ABOUT?
    At the Petco Foundation, we’re All for Love and this year’s Holiday Wishes campaign focuses on how your relationship with your adopted pet has changed your life. So, we’re looking for stories describing how your adopted pet has made your life better. Stories range from the simplest things that bring more joy to life each and every day to the one-of-a-kind, extraordinary stories.

    For example, maybe you used to sit home alone reading a book but now you’re sitting home with your favorite novel with a cat on your lap. Or your story can be more dramatic like the stories we see on the news when a dog saves a family from a house fire or a burglar. These stories, while very different, still show how a pet can significantly change our lives for the better. Your story should be a celebration of the love you share with your pet.

    Remember to tell a story rather than simply reciting facts as they happened. Quality storytelling and supporting photos or videos will make your submission stand out from all the others. You may wish to reach out to the animal welfare organization that you adopted your pet from so they can assist you with crafting your story and obtaining quality photos and/or video for your submission.

    Q: MY PET PASSED AWAY, CAN I STILL SUBMIT HIS/HER STORY?
    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your pet and offer our heartfelt condolences. All story submissions must be written about a pet currently living in your home.

    Q: I AM TRYING TO LOGIN TO SUBMIT MY STORY BUT I CANNOT REMEMBER MY PASSWORD?
    Please use the password reset button on the login screen.

    Q: I SUBMITTED A STORY LAST YEAR, BUT DID NOT WIN. CAN I SUBMIT AGAIN?
    Absolutely, please review some of our winning stories from last year to see what makes a winning story stand out.

    Q: MY HOLIDAY WISHES STORY WON AN AWARD IN A PRIOR YEAR – AM I ELIGIBLE TO WIN AGAIN?
    A: Stories about the same pet are not eligible to win, however, we encourage prior winners to share stories about other pets that were not featured in the original winning story.

    Q: CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE STORY?
    First, thank you for adopting more than one pet. However, due to the large number of submissions anticipated, we are asking adopters to limit submissions to one story per household.

    Q: CAN I SUBMIT A STORY ABOUT MORE THAN ONE PET?
    Yes, you can submit a story that includes information about more than one pet but you must single out the name of one pet and the animal welfare organization you adopted him/her from.

    Q: CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY ADOPTION STORY AFTER I SUBMIT IT?
    No. You cannot make changes once your story is submitted, but you may make as many changes as you wish while your story is in draft mode.

    Q: CAN THE PETCO FOUNDATION EDIT MY STORY?
    Yes, we reserve the right to edit all stories submitted for brevity or clarity before being published. We also reserve the right to edit any photos or videos submitted with the story prior to publishing.

    Q: WHAT TYPES OF PETS CAN I SUBMIT AN ADOPTION STORY FOR?
    You can submit a story about any companion animal that you have adopted from an animal welfare organization.

    Q: WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS SHOULD I INCLUDE?
    All story submissions should include a minimum of two photos: one photo of the pet by him/herself, and one photo of the pet with his/her family or a family member. You can also include two additional photos to support your story. The expression ‘a photo is worth a thousand words’ definitely applies during the Holiday Wishes campaign. Great photos can tell a story by themselves, so submit photos that express your story.

    When creating file names for the photos in your submission, please use the name of the pet you are nominating as the photos’ file name (e.g. bella.jpg, bella2.jpg). Additionally, be sure to use high-resolution images. Most cell phone cameras are capable of taking great photos. Be sure to submit photos that are clear and of the highest quality possible. In addition, we encourage you to submit up to three additional photos that help tell the story of how your pet impacted your life. The system will accept most image file types including bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg and png.

    Please do not submit photos that contain watermarks or text/graphics overlaid on the image. Collage images and/or images with added borders, etc., are not preferred.

    Q: CAN I INCLUDE VIDEO WITH MY STORY SUBMISSION?
    Yes, we encourage the use of video in telling your story. The system will accept most video file types including AVI, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp4, .wmv, .flv and .f4v. We reserve the right to edit your video. Please ensure that you have the license for any music and or photos included with your video.

    Q: I AM A PETCO EMPLOYEE. AM I ABLE TO SUBMIT A STORY ABOUT AN ANIMAL THAT I ADOPTED FROM AN ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    We are always happy to see Petco employees adopting pets, and we thank you for choosing adoption. Petco employees are eligible to submit stories and win grant awards for their animal welfare organization but are not eligible to receive the Petco shopping spree prize.

    Q: HOW MANY STORIES WILL YOU ACCEPT?
    The Petco Foundation will accept all stories submitted during August 15 – October 1, 2018. However, due to the timing of the contest and review requirements, we can only guarantee that the first 10,000 stories will be fully reviewed and considered for the campaign. We encourage all to enter stories in the Holiday Wishes campaign early to assure consideration.

    Q: WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    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.

    Q: WHAT CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD I SUBMIT FOR THE ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    It is important that you contact the animal welfare organization directly and inform them that you are submitting a Holiday Wishes story to the Petco Foundation which gives their organization an opportunity to win a substantial grant. Ask them for the direct contact information for their Executive Director or someone else who can verify the adoption and respond immediately.

    Additionally, the animal welfare organization may be willing to assist you with writing your story or obtaining quality photos and/or video for your submission.

    Q: HOW CAN I BE SURE MY STORY IS SUBMITTED?
    When you have completed your submission, please be sure to click the final “Submit” button to ensure that your submission is eligible for review.

  • Animal Welfare Organizations FAQs (Click to expand)

    Q: HOW DO I VERIFY AN ADOPTION?
    There is a field on the grant application, under “Adopter Information – Additional Nominees” that asks you to list all of the adopters who have submitted stories. Adding them to your application would then verify them at that point.

    Q: SHOULD I WAIT FOR ALL OF THE STORIES TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE COMPLETING OUR APPLICATION OR SHOULD I SUBMIT RIGHT AWAY?
    Our preference would be for you to wait and submit it all at once at the end with the names of all of the adopters listed. However, if you are worried about forgetting to submit in time, you can submit your application right away and we can follow up about additional adopters not listed once the application period ends.

    Q: HOW CAN I ENCOURAGE OUR ADOPTERS TO SUBMIT STORIES?
    Download the Holiday Wishes toolkit which contains sample social media posts, emails, flyers, and a press release. You can also offer assistance to your past adopters with their submissions, including helping them obtain quality photos and/or video to support their stories and reviewing their stories.

    Q: IS MY ORGANIZATION STILL ELIGIBLE IF WE RECEIVED A GRANT EARLIER THIS YEAR AND HAVE AN OPEN FOLLOW-UP REPORT?
    Yes – your organization could be eligible. The Holiday Wishes contest does not fall under our normal grant cycle, so any outstanding grant follow-ups or applications will not impact eligibility for a Holiday Wishes grant.

    Q: HOW WILL I KNOW IF AN ADOPTER HAS SUBMITTED A STORY ON OUR BEHALF?
    The Petco Foundation has requested the adopter to provide a contact email in his/her submission for someone at your organization to verify the adoption and submit organization information. If the adopter has provided a contact, an email will be sent to this contact with information on how to verify the adoption and submit your organization’s information. If no contact has been provided or if the email to the organization is undeliverable, we will contact your organization if the story submission is a finalist. Including a valid tax-ID number for the organization can assist with this effort. You can look up the tax ID number here.

    Q: I RECEIVED MULTIPLE EMAILS ABOUT HOLIDAY WISHES STORY SUBMISSIONS. DO I NEED TO ENTER OUR ORGANIZATION’S INFORMATION AGAIN?
    You do need to verify each adoption but you only need to submit your organization’s application once. You may use your organization’s login information or create an account if you do not have one. If you already have an account set up on our grant site, select “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner of your Dashboard and then scroll down on the application page to reach the Holiday Wishes application.

    If you have questions about the application, please review our instructions at the bottom of this page.

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

    Q: I’M A SERVICE OR THERAPY ANIMAL ORGANIZATION  WITH AN INCREDIBLE STORY, CAN SOMEONE ENTER A STORY ON OUR BEHALF?
    If your organization rescued the pet featured in the story from an animal shelter and trained the service or therapy animal and made the match, you may be eligible to win a Holiday Wishes award.

  • Winner Selection & Prizes FAQs (click to expand)

    Q: WHO WILL DECIDE WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE SELECTED TO RECEIVE HOLIDAY WISHES GRANTS?
    The Petco Foundation will have a dedicated team responsible for reviewing submissions. Winners will be chosen based on the sole and absolute discretion of the Petco Foundation.

    Q: WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE HOLIDAY WISHES GRANT CAMPAIGN?
    The Petco Foundation will grant $750,000 in Holiday Wishes awards to winning animal welfare organizations while Petco will grant a shopping spree to the adopters in the amounts specified below:

    One Grand Prize:
    $100,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $1,000 Petco shopping spree for the adopter

    Four 2nd Prize Winners:
    $50,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $500 Petco shopping spree for the adopter

    Eight 3rd Prize Winners:
    $25,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $250 Petco shopping spree for the adopter

    Twenty to Forty Runner-ups:
    $5,000 or $10,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $50 Petco shopping spree for the adopter

    Q: WHEN WILL THE WINNING ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS BE ANNOUNCED?
    The Petco Foundation will make its final decisions regarding Holiday Wishes grants in mid-November.

    All winners will be listed on the Petco Foundation website once the winners have been announced publicly. The Petco Foundation may contact the animal welfare organization and adopter directly to coordinate involvement in any media or publication of winners.

    Please note, the Petco Foundation may use photos or highlight stories prior to the determination of the final winners, but such use of stories or photos during the course of this campaign does not imply a winning entry.

    Q: WHAT IS THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS COMPETITION
    This is an opportunity for the public to vote on their favorite winning stories. This will give the winning organizations the chance to receive additional grant funding of up to $25,000. Following the announcement of the winning organizations in November, the public will have the chance to vote online via our gallery poll for their favorite stories through December 19, 2018, by noon CST.
    Top 5 Vote Recipients Will Receive:
    One (1) First Place: $25k
    Two (2) Second Place Winners: $10k each
    Two (2) Third Place Winners: $5k each

    Voters must participate via the gallery poll. Only one vote per story will be recorded. Voters must be logged in to an active Facebook account and be in the United States to vote. In addition to logging in to Facebook, the voter must also provide their first name, last name and email address. The gallery poll will be accessible via the Petco Foundation Facebook page and petcofoundation.org. Offering incentives for voting, paying for votes or voting on behalf of another person is not permitted. The Petco Foundation reserves the right to remove fraudulent votes and disqualify organizations from the People’s Choice voting.

    Participating organizations will receive a toolkit to help them promote the competition.

    Q: IF MY STORY AND THE ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION IS SELECTED AS A WINNER, WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PRIZE?
    Both the adopter and animal welfare organization of any winning submissions will receive the shopping spree and grant check before December 31, 2018. People’s Choice award winners will receive additional grant awards by January 31, 2019.

ANIMAL WELFARE PARTNERS

Thank you for encouraging your adopters to submit adoption stories in our Holiday Wishes grant campaign. Please submit a grant application for the Petco Foundation to consider making an investment in your organization and your lifesaving efforts.