lifesaving impact awards
lifesaving impact awards

celebrating the love that saves animal lives.

We honored those people who put their love into action every day to create a significant lifesaving impact for animals at the annual Petco Foundation Lifesaving Impact Awards on Thursday, November 14 at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California.

The Lifesaving Impact Awards is a celebration of the love that saves animal lives. The awards recognize exemplary performance by organizations and individuals whose dedication and commitment to solutions and achieving success create a significant lifesaving impact.

Red Carpet - 4:00 PM PST

The Lifesaving Awards red carpet and pre-event reception will begin at 4:00 PM PST. Our red carpet and Awards Show will both be broadcast LIVE so viewers across the nation can tune in and celebrate with us.

2019 Red Carpet

Awards Show - 5:30 PM PST

Our 20th Anniversary Lifesaving Impact Awards will honor animal welfare organizations and individuals. The awards show will also feature a celebrity host, musical performances, heartwarming adoption stories and a special tribute to commemorate our 20th anniversary.

2019 Awards Show

Reception - 7:00 PM PST

After our awards show, you are invited to join us for our reception and dinner. Enjoy food stations and a hosted bar as we continue to celebrate the love that saves animal lives.

2018 Event Photos

HOSTED BY:
NANCY O'DELL

Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. She is one of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, having cohosted Entertainment Tonight for the past 9 years, Access Hollywood for 13 years before that, and she has been a contributor for The Today Show, Dateline, and CBS This Morning.

musical guests

shoshana bean

Shoshana Bean’s three independent solo albums have all topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, with her fourth and most recent project, SPECTRUM, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. She has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, amasses millions of views on YouTube, and performed alongside Ariana Grande, David Foster, Postmodern Jukebox, Brian McKnight, and Michael Jackson.

john ondrasik

Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the hockey moniker stage name under which he performs, Ondrasik has seen multitudes of successes including the Grammy nominated song Superman, the classic "100 Years", and top 5 AC artist of the decade, while selling over 2.5 million records.

bebe winans

Benjamin, "BeBe" Winans, the six-time Grammy Award winner, is the seventh child and youngest male of the Detroit based first family of gospel music. BeBe is best known as an inspirational, R&B, and popular vocalist, songwriter who along with his musical partner and sister CeCe Winans are the first true Christian crossover artists to hit the mainstream.

The 2019 Lifesaving Award Honorees

Love in Action Award

Celebrating an organization that put their love into action to save animals across the country.

Dog is My Copilot

Dog is my CoPilot partners with nearly 100 animal welfare organizations to save animal lives across the country by transporting pets from under-resourced shelters to geographical locations where adopters are anxiously awaiting their new family members – by plane!

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Paul Jolly Compassion Award

Recognizing a small to midsized organization whose compassion for animals moved them to make a lifesaving difference.

Angels of Assisi

Angels of Assisi seeks to change the traditional definition of an animal shelter by offering services and programs to benefit the community, the people that live there, and the pets they love.

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Helping Heroes Award

Honoring the work of an organization transforming animals into heroes helping others.

K9s For Warriors

K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service canines to warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of military service post-9/11.

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Lifesaving Impact Award

Celebrating an exceptional organization, whose inspirational leadership transformed their community making a significant lifesaving impact.

Montgomery County Animal Services

Montgomery County Animal Services is a municipal shelter that saves 93% of the 15,000 animals they take in each year. They represent an area of more than 1,000 square miles where their 9 Animal Control Officers are responsible for responding to the 13,000 animal control calls received annually.

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Unsung Hero Award

Thanking a special individual whose commitment and story of dedication exemplifies their love for animals.

Kayla Denney, Taft Animal Control

Kayla Denney left her job as an accountant to pursue her passion for pets. She traded in her office for the kennels and got to work transforming the department and achieved over 95% save rate!

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Innovation Award

Recognizing an organization for their innovative lifesaving idea.

Dallas Animal Services

Dallas Animal Services earned a $200,000 grant investment at the third annual Innovation Showdown for their Dallas90 Shelter Service System.

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Love Amplified Award

Recognizing visionary marketing and outreach efforts to promote pet adoption and lifesaving work nationally.

Bill Abbott & Crown Media

Bill Abbott shares our deep love and commitment to helping pets in need, and his dedication to the cause comes to life through many of the programs on the Hallmark channel network.

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The 2018 Lifesaving Award Winners

Paul Jolly Compassion Award

Southern Pines Animal Shelter
Recognizing a small to midsized organization whose compassion for animals moved them to make a lifesaving difference

Helping Heroes Award

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Honoring the work of an organization transforming animals into heroes helping others.

Innovation Award

Front Street Animal Shelter
Recognizing an organization for their innovative lifesaving idea.

Lifesaving Impact Award

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter
Celebrating an exceptional organization, whose inspirational leadership transformed their community making a significant lifesaving impact.

Unsung Hero Award

Shannon Wells, Kansas City Pet Project
Thanking a special individual whose commitment and story of dedication exemplifies their love for animals.

Love in Action Award

Dogs Playing for Life
Celebrating an organization that put their love into action to save animals across the country.

Love Amplified Award

Shelter Me
Recognizing visionary marketing and outreach efforts promoting pet adoptions and lifesaving work nationally.

The 2017 Lifesaving Award Winners

Founder Award

Brian Devine
The Petco Foundation was founded in 1999, because one man, Brian Devine had the foresight to create the Foundation to help save animal lives. Petco has never sold dogs and cats in its stores, because people like Brian believed in the importance of pet adoption. Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $200 million dollars in animal welfare organizations throughout the country. In recognition of his contributions, Brian Devine received the Petco Foundation Founder Award.

Paul Jolly Compassion Award

Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association
Congratulations to our 2017 Paul Jolly Compassion Award Winner -- the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association! "If a little shelter whose budget was less than a million dollars in rural West Virginia can become a lifesaving facility and sustain that and change their community, anyone can do it," said Chelsea Staley. Watch their inspirational story to the end -- you will be happy you did.

Helping Heroes Award

Mission K9 Rescue
Mission K9 Rescue serves the canines that have served our country, bringing them home to a hero's welcome and assuring that they retire in loving homes. Their dedication and commitment is why Mission K9 Rescue is the Petco Foundation's 2017 Helping Heroes Award Winner.

Love Amplified Award

NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
What does it take to Clear the Shelters? A whole lot of love from a major television network partnering with shelters across the country. Our dream is to clear the shelters everyday, and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations show us what we can accomplish together. Warning - get out the tissues for tears of joy!

Lifesaving Impact Award

LifeLine Animal Project
Impact -- "to have a strong effect on someone or something." LifeLine Animal Project certainly did that for more than 16,000 animals in Atlanta's county shelters. What was once called a chamber of horrors is now a lifesaving organization. This transformational impact is what makes LifeLine Animal Project the Petco Foundation's 2017 Lifesaving Impact Award winner.

Unsung Hero Award

Karl Booker
We all know someone like Karl Booker, whose love for animals is so genuine and unselfish. It's simply beautiful. Recognizing Karl Booker with the Petco Foundation's 2017 Unsung Hero Award is a tribute to all the heroes saving lives across the country.

Spay Neuter Award

Coalition for Pets and its founder, Erika Brunson, are working to reduce the high intake of animals at the Los Angeles county shelters, with 120,000 spay neuter surgeries and counting. They believe in helping people and pets in need. Coalition for Pets is the 2017 Petco Foundation Spay Neuter Award winner.

Thank you to 2019 Event Sponsors