We’re Honoring Lifesaving Work

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.

The five individuals below will be recognized and featured in the Love in Action video series and their organizations will receive a $10,000 grant investment to continue their lifesaving work. This year, Kayla Denney of the City of Taft will be awarded the National Unsung Hero Award at the Petco Foundation Lifesaving Awards.

Kayla Denney

City of Taft

Danielle Stewart

Apollo Support & Rescue

Jacob Himes

Humane Society of South Mississippi

Chris Martin

Lewis & Clark Humane Society

Dr. Gail Counts

Sierra's Haven For New & Used Pets

Unsung Heroes

Please read the details below

  • Selection process (click to expand)

    We’ll select 5 individuals to be recognized in our Love in Action video series and their organizations will receive a $10,000 grant to continue their lifesaving work. One of the five will be recognized as the Petco Foundation’s National Unsung Hero Award recipient and their organization will receive a $25,000 grant.

    All Unsung Hero honorees and their organizations will need to be available between December-February to work with the Petco Foundation and Victoria Stilwell Enterprises (VSE) to create the Unsung Hero videos.

    People’s choice voting will take place from April 22, 2019 at Noon CT – May 6, 2019 at Noon CT.

  • Rules and other details (click to expand)

    Because the video series produced and presented by Victoria Stilwell Enterprises (VSE), contains an element of surprise, we recommend that the names of individuals nominated at your organization are held confidential and that best efforts are used to complete the application fully without sharing the nomination with the nominated hero.

    To qualify as an Unsung Hero, nominees must have served with your organization a minimum of two years and must contribute on average of at least 20 hours of service per week.

Love in Action

Follow our Facebook Watch channel "Love in Action" to view inspiring stories of people and organizations who create a significant lifesaving impact for animals across the nation.

View Love in Action


Shannon Wells

Kansas City Pet Project

Anne and Kerry Smith

Cat Adoption Team

Sarah Saunders

Bayou Animal Services

Catherine Lemunyon

Arenac County Animal Control

Grace Hamlin

The W-Underdogs

Tae Bennett

Humane Rescue Alliance

2017 Unsung Hero

In 2017, the Petco Foundation awarded the Unsung Hero award to Karl Booker. Karl works with animals at LifeLine Animal Project. He’s known within the organization to have a special gift to connect with and care for animals that are often deemed difficult. He is helping to create a lifesaving community and nation for animals. Watch his story.

Honoring Heroes at the Lifesaving Awards