SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This Valentine's Day, the Petco Foundation, a national, nonprofit working to inspire and lead change for animals, is providing crucial lifesaving support, with more than $14 million in grant investments to animal welfare organizations across the country. The shelter pets and the people who save them at these organizations will also enjoy the world's largest valentine containing messages of gratitude for their lifesaving work.
At select animal shelter locations, the Petco Foundation team will deliver a Valentine's celebration of thanks and love to the organization's staff and volunteers with a giant Valentine's card along with WholeHearted treats and toys for the shelter pets and a special gift of BOBS from Skechers shoes for hardworking staff. The big surprise will be the unveiling of the grant investment check for significant funding to help them save more pets in the future.
"Valentine's Day is all about love, and we especially love shelter pets. So it is so exciting to make this Valentine's Day special for the people who work tirelessly every day to save them," says Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. "Our grant investments are designed to support the organizations that have the biggest hearts and who save the most lives. We're so honored to be a partner in their lifesaving work. And we aren't the only ones who wanted to thank them. Adopters around the country conveyed their gratitude with their personal messages to staff and volunteers working hard to save lives all year round."
The Petco Foundation partnered with WholeHearted and the award-winning artist and creator of the heart-warming MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnell, to create the Valentine mosaic which is sent to nearly 4,000 animal welfare partners. The valentine contains heartfelt thank you messages from supporters across the country who uploaded photos, videos and messages to create this special symbol of love.
All pet lovers can join in and put their love into action to support animal welfare organizations during the Petco Foundation's "Love Changes Everything" campaign from February 2 – March 3 by making a donation in any Petco, Unleashed by Petco store or online at petcofoundation.org/love. Anyone who makes an in-store donation of $10 or more will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring the MUTTS artwork and real pictures of adopted pets from throughout the country.
To learn more about the "Love Changes Everything" campaign and the valentine, please visit petcofoundation.org/love or following the Petco Foundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about Patrick McDonnell and his commitment to promoting pet adoption, visit MUTTS.com. To learn more about WholeHearted pet food go to WholeHeartedPets.com. To learn more about how the Petco Foundation's and BOBS from Skechers' partnership is making a difference and saving shelter animals' lives, visit skechers.com.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we've invested more than $230 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we've helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we're just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
Media Contact: Lisa Lane, Petco Foundation Director of Marketing and Development
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SOURCE Petco Foundation