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The Petco Foundation Wants to Make Holiday Wishes Come True!

By PetcoFoundation on Jan. 9, 2017

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Exciting news for pet adopters! The Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign is back and the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, is giving you the chance to win $100,000 for the animal welfare organization that you adopted your pet from.

All you need to do is share the story of how the love of your adopted pet changed your life for the better.

Because if you’ve ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective. Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, in a big or small way, and made it better.

Take as an example, the 2015 winning story Linda Hibbard submitted about how her adopted service dog, Brindy, radically changed her life.

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Brindy, a Staffordshire bull terrier/Rottweiler mix, is Linda’s constant companion, helping her accomplish everyday activities that she would not be able to complete on her own. Because of Brindy, Linda, who has Multiple Sclerosis, can partake in the things she loves like volunteering and teaching Sunday school—all with Brindy right by her side!

Or Jane Smith’s story of how an orange and white Turkish Van mix, adopted from Last Chance Animal Sanctuary, returned smiles and laughter to her home after her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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 And Kacie Carlson’s story of adopting Maple, a dog she credits with helping her meet her husband. In her story, Kacie explains, “Maple hasn’t committed any heroic act, but it’s the everyday small things that have an immeasurable impact on me, my outlook on life, and who I’ve grown to be. She has helped me become more kind and compassionate, and motivates me every day to appreciate little things, smile, and enjoy life. She’s taught me to be a better listener, greet people with excitement (like she does), and be a devoted companion.”

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Submit your special story, and you could win big—for you, your pet and the animal welfare organization that helped you meet! The Petco Foundation will give a total of $750,000 in grant awards to winning animal welfare organizations and Petco will award more than $6,000 in gift cards to adopters who submit the winning stories, allowing winners to spoil their adopted pet.

For more information on the Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign visit www.petco.com/holidaywishes. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the campaign hashtag #HolidayWishes. 

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‎09-21-2016 07:37 AM

If I remember correctly, the "small print" was available last year and I questioned what the real meaning of "grant" was.  I got the impression that the "winner" had to submit an application specifying what project was needed, the estimated cost to complete the project, and how much money (of the maximum "grant") was being requested.  That is, it didn't sound like the grant amounts specified for the winners were necessarily the amounts they would receive -- winners would have to justify receiving a certain amount (which could be much lower).

 

The use of the word "grant" instead of "prize" has some implications.  At the same time, the words seem to be used interchangeably. 

 

My question -- which can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no" -- is:   Will the winners automatically receive the amounts specified for the corresponding rankings (e.g., $100,000 for the top "winner")?

If I remember correctly, the "small print" was available last year and I questioned what the real meaning of "grant" was.  I got the impression that the "winner" had to submit an application specifying what project was needed, the estimated cost to complete the project, and how much money (of the maximum "grant") was being requested.  That is, it didn't sound like the grant amounts specified for the winners were necessarily the amounts they would receive -- winners would have to justify receiving a certain amount (which could be much lower).

 

The use of the word "grant" instead of "prize" has some implications.  At the same time, the words seem to be used interchangeably. 

 

My question -- which can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no" -- is:   Will the winners automatically receive the amounts specified for the corresponding rankings (e.g., $100,000 for the top "winner")?

Posted on Sep. 21, 2016
by Community Manager
‎09-21-2016 03:46 PM

Hi Michele. Thank you for your feedback and question; yes, winning organizations will receive a grant for the amount indicated in the corresponding rankings. Good luck!

Alex Cat Very Happy

Hi Michele. Thank you for your feedback and question; yes, winning organizations will receive a grant for the amount indicated in the corresponding rankings. Good luck!

Alex Cat Very Happy

Posted on Sep. 21, 2016
by ADDIE
‎11-14-2016 12:21 PM

when are the winners going to be announced for 2016?

when are the winners going to be announced for 2016?

Posted on Nov. 14, 2016
by Community Manager
‎11-14-2016 12:27 PM

Hi ADDIE. Thank you for your question; we plan to announce the Holiday Wishes finalists the week of November 21st and will announce the final grant awards throughout the month of December. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/petcofoundation for more information. We will also email everyone who submitted a story with a list of finalists.

AlexCat Very Happy

Hi ADDIE. Thank you for your question; we plan to announce the Holiday Wishes finalists the week of November 21st and will announce the final grant awards throughout the month of December. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/petcofoundation for more information. We will also email everyone who submitted a story with a list of finalists.

AlexCat Very Happy

Posted on Nov. 14, 2016
by Lorran Carlston
‎11-28-2016 11:15 AM

I submitted a story for the competition and checked the site for confirmation of everything being in order for submission. It says the rescue organization I adopted through has not submitted the information you requested. I contacted them and they told me they sent the information in the beginning of October. I would appreciate if someone would check to make sure it has been received. The name of the rescue is Moonsong Malamute Rescue.

I submitted a story for the competition and checked the site for confirmation of everything being in order for submission. It says the rescue organization I adopted through has not submitted the information you requested. I contacted them and they told me they sent the information in the beginning of October. I would appreciate if someone would check to make sure it has been received. The name of the rescue is Moonsong Malamute Rescue.

Posted on Nov. 28, 2016
by Marty Lee
‎12-04-2016 07:04 PM

Hi,

GBGRR is one of the winning groups, and we are trying to get people to vote for us. We have some people telling us that the content is not available when they try to follow the link. Is there any help you can give us?

Thanks!

Marty Lee

Hi,

GBGRR is one of the winning groups, and we are trying to get people to vote for us. We have some people telling us that the content is not available when they try to follow the link. Is there any help you can give us?

Thanks!

Marty Lee

Posted on Dec. 4, 2016
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