HELP US GRANT HOLIDAY WISHES!

We're asking 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. Share your tale and help us make holiday wishes come true! Due to the high volume of submissions, we are only able to review the first 10,000 applications submitted. The application closes on October 1, 2018 at noon CST.

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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 stores. 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 Facebook poll for their favorite stories through December 19, 2018, at 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 Facebook poll. Only one vote per Facebook profile will be recorded. 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.

2017 HOLIDAY WISHES WINNERS

FRONT STREET ANIMAL SHELTER

$100,000 winner
$10,000 People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Teresa Howell

CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Gil Grooms

MUDDY PAWS RESCUE

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Anna Lai

OAKLAND ANIMAL SERVICES (FRIENDS OF)

$50,000 winner

Submitted by: Sue Reale

UPPER PENINSULA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY

$50,000 winner
$10,000 People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Kim Randolph

ANDERSON ANIMAL SHELTER

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Joya Morales

ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY, INC.

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: James Case

FRONT STREET ANIMAL SHELTER

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Samantha Condes

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Debe Jolliff

KITTYKIND, INC.

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Sara Lindo

MEOW PARLOUR CATS

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Christina Ha

MUDDY PAWS RESCUE

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Molly Sugarman

RUFF HOUSE RESCUE

$25,000 winner

Submitted by: Patrick Regan

A FOREVER HOME RESCUE FOUNDATION

$10,000

Submitted by: Lynette Loveridge

AARF PETS TENNESSEE

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Heather Thomas

ANDERSON ANIMAL SHELTER

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Vicki Striegel

ANIMAL CARE CENTERS OF NYC

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Jeannie Hildebrand

BARCS ANIMAL SHELTER

$10,000 winner
$25,000 People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Melissa Davis

CAT TOWN

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Moe Turner

FOR OUR FRIENDS DOG RESCUE

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Laiza Goytia

FOSTERDOGS NYC

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Ana Pulido

GATEWAY PET GUARDIANS

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Janet Roberts

HOUSE RABBIT NETWORK

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Gabriella Carroll

PAWS FOR LIFE RESCUE

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Lauren Weber

PROVIDENCE ANIMAL CENTER

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Alexandra and James Gentile

RESCUED 'N READY ANIMAL FOUNDATION

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Gabby Moore

SOURIS VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

$10,000 winner

Submitted by: Julie Mariott

A.D.O.P.T.

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Keelie Burkette

ANDERSON ANIMAL SHELTER

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Nicole Devine

ANGELS AMONG US PET RESCUE, INC.

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Aimee Moynihan

ANIMAL CARE CENTERS OF NYC

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jason Lopez

ANIMAL CARE CENTERS OF NYC

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Tali Arbel

BRANDYWINE VALLEY SPCA

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Anne Tenaglia

CAT TOWN

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Meghan O’Neil

CITY DOGS CLEVELAND

$5,000 winner
$5,000 People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Mary Motley

CONCHO VALLEY PAWS

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jenie Wilson

FEARLESS KITTY RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Carolyn Weinhold

GATEWAY PET GUARDIANS

$5,000 winner
$5,000 People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Eliza Peters

HUMANE ANIMAL RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Julia Morely

INDIAN SUMMERS BORDER COLLIE RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Kernie Sawatis

LAB RESCUERS OF SAN DIEGO

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Stephanie Kingston

LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE OF FRESNO

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Parker Rogers

LUCKY PAWS RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jennifer Gage

MINNEAPOLIS ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Shannon Glenn

MONTGOMERY HUMANE SOCIETY

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Paul Cancino

PEAK LAB RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Sharon Gesser

PUG RESCUE OF AUSTIN

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Amy Thyng

S.A.V.E. RESCUE COALITION

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Brooke Wheeler

SAFE HAVEN HUMANE SOCIETY

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Ellen Tellstrom

SANTA PAULA ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Mayce Al Kuraishi

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Maddie Dolan

STERLING ANIMAL SHELTER

$5,000 winner

Submitted by: Jessica O’Connor

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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.