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Love Stories 2021

Petco Love Stories celebrates the LOVE we share with our pets.​ Since 2013, more than 20,000 adopters have shared how their pets have changed their lives, and Petco Love has awarded nearly $7 million in grant awards to the hardworking animal welfare organizations making these adoption matches possible. ​​

This holiday season, we're celebrating 100 amazing stories by surprising animal welfare organizations across the country with $1 million in grant awards! Follow along on social media @Petco Love to see the surprise grants as they happen.

2021 Winning Stories

Abandoned Animal Rescue

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Amanda

AdvoCat Rescue

$50,000 Winner

Submitted by: Louise

Angel Ridge Animal Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Bart

Animal Adoption Center

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Julia

Animal Defense League of Texas

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Sarah

Animal Humane New Mexico

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Hope

Animal Rescue Foundation

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Brooklyn

Anjellicle Cats Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Heather

Binky Bunny-Tales

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Jet

Black Dog Animal Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Emily

Brandywine Valley SPCA

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Amanda

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Debbie

Bunny World Foundation

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Hannah

Burlington Animal Services

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Emma

Capital Area Humane Society

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Jennifer

Cat Adoption Team

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Sandi

Cat Adoption Team

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Sheri

Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Judy

Charleston Animal Society

$50,000 Winner

Submitted by: Aldwin

Chautauqua County Humane Society

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Sarah

Companions for Heroes

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: James

Dawgz, Tailz & Wagz

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Nicholas

Dutchess County SPCA

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Diane

Fayette County Animal Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Jessica

Feral Change

$50,000 Winner

Submitted by: Natasha

Furry Friends Adoption Clinic and Ranch

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Cynthia

Hearts & Bones Rescue

$100,000 Winner

Submitted by: Yukari

Home for Good Dog Rescue

$50,000 Winner

Submitted by: Donna

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Robert

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Kate

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Lee

Houston Pets Alive!

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Cierra

Humane Society and Animal Rescue of Muskegon County

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Natalie

The Humane Society of Polk County, Inc.

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Tim

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Buddy

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Olivia

I Stand With My Pack

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Sofia

I Stand With My Pack

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Joshua

It’s Meow or Never

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Michelle

It’s Meow or Never

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Misty

Jacksonville Humane Society

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Patrick

K-9 Stray Rescue League

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Kris

Kansas Humane Society

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Ericka

Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Melanie

Korean K9 Rescue

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Hyun Jin

Korean K9 Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Alyssa

Lake Humane Society

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Megan

LifeLine Animal Project

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Laura

Lifeline Puppy Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Natasha

Lucky Dawg Animal Rescue Inc.

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Heidi

Meow Parlour

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Ethan

Meow Parlour

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Caryn

Miami-Dade County Animal Services

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Erika

Miami-Dade County Animal Services

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Jasmine

MSPCA-Angell

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Cindy

Muddy Paws Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Shweta

Muddy Paws Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Kristen

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Erick

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Lisa

Newborn Kitten Rescue Inc.

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Ainsley

One Tail at a Time

$25,000 Winner
People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Amanda

One Tail at a Time

$5,000 Winner
People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Yvette

Operation Freedom Paws

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Chau

Operation Kindness

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Amy

Operation Kindness

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Emily

PAWS Atlanta, Inc.

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Maral

PAWS Humane

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Cynthia

Pawsitive Tails Dog Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Michelle

Peace4Paws

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Andrew

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Caitlin

Pitties and Purrs

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Julie

Posh Pets Rescue

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Deborah

Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue

$25,000 Winner

Submitted by: Whitney

Providence Animal Center

$50,000 Winner

Submitted by: Helene

Rescue City

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Tiffany

Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Mackenzie

Rottie Empire Rescue

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Amber

San Antonio Pets Alive!

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Kendra

San Antonio Pets Alive!

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Tammy

San Diego Humane Society

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Veronika

San Diego Humane Society, Escondido

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Veronica

Shelter to Soldier, Inc.

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Dustin

Shelter to Soldier, Inc.

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Nicky

South Suburban Humane Society

$10,000 Winner

Submitted by: Camila

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Angela

SpokAnimal C.A.R.E.

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Autumn

Sweet Paws Rescue, Inc.

$25,000 Winner
People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Emily

The Animal Pad

$1,000 Winner
People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Melissa

The Cat House on the Kings

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: John

The Little Lion Foundation

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Michael

The Pet Knot

$5,000 Winner

Submitted by: Nicole

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Mary

Underdog Animal Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Kelly

Union County Animal Protection Society

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Rachael

Whiskers TNR of Warren County

$1,000 Winner
People's Choice Winner

Submitted by: Ryan

Wildhearts Rescue

$1,000 Winner

Submitted by: Aparna

Previous Winning Stories

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ.

  • Submission FAQs (Click to expand)

    Q: WHO CAN SUBMIT PETCO LOVE STORIES?
    Any person over the age of 18 (or under the age of 18 with parental/guardian consent) who has adopted a pet from a U.S. based animal welfare organization can submit their Petco Love Story to earn a grant award. Please note that the pet must be currently living. 

    Q: WHEN CAN I SUBMIT MY LOVE STORY?
    Adopters can submit stories February 1 – September 20, 2021 at noon CST. However, due to the timing of the contest and review requirements, we can only guarantee that the first 10,000 Love Stories will be fully reviewed and considered for the campaign. We encourage all to submit Love Stories in the campaign early to assure consideration. 

    Q: WHAT SHOULD THE STORY BE ABOUT?

    Your Love Story should describe how your adopted pet has made your life better and should be a celebration of the love you share with your pet. Stories can range from the simplest things that bring more joy to life each and every day to the one-of-a-kind, extraordinary stories. Big or small, show how your pet has significantly changed your life for the better.

    Remember to tell a story rather than simply recite facts as they happened. Quality storytelling and supporting photos or videos will make your submission stand out from the rest. 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. For the Love Stories campaign, 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 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 LOVE STORY AFTER I SUBMIT IT?
    No, you cannot make any changes or additions once your story is submitted. You can however make as many changes as you wish while your story is in draft mode.

    Q: CAN PETCO LOVE EDIT MY STORY?
    Yes, we reserve the right to edit all stories submitted for brevity or clarity before being published as a winning story. We also reserve the right to edit any photos or videos submitted with the story prior to publishing. View applicant terms and conditions

    Q: WHAT TYPES OF PETS CAN I SUBMIT A LOVE 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 four photos including one photo of the pet by themselves, and one photo of you and your pet together. Additional photos can include your pet with the whole family or a photo that further supports your story. The expression ‘a photo is worth a thousand words’ definitely applies during the Love Stories campaign. Great photos can tell a story by themselves, so submit photos that express the point of 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. The system will accept most image file types including 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, while not mandatory, we do encourage you to submit a video to illustrate your story. A great video can help your submission stand out from the rest. For example, your video can include a 60 second clip looking into the camera and sharing additional details about how your pet has changed your life for the better. The system will accept video file types including AVI and MP4, and there is no limit to video length, although we recommend no more than five minutes. Please ensure that you have the license for any music and or photos included with your video. We reserve the right to edit 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?
    Petco Love will accept all stories submitted during February 1 – September 20, 2021. 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 Love Stories early to assure consideration. 

    Q: WHAT QUALIFIES AS AN ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    Petco Love grants funds to qualified, U.S. based animal welfare organizations. Organizations include municipal or government animal shelters and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations such as humane societies, SPCAs and foster-based rescues. To be eligible to receive an award, nominated animal welfare organizations must complete the adoption verification for submissions, an annual Petco Love partnership application and a grant application.

    Q: WHAT CONTACT INFORMATION SHOULD I SUBMIT FOR THE ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATION?
    It’s important that you contact the animal welfare organization you adopted your pet from and inform them that you’re submitting a Love Story to Petco Love Stories campaign, giving their organization an opportunity to win a substantial grant. Ask them for the direct email and phone number for their Executive Director/President or someone who can verify the adoption and respond immediately along with their organization Tax ID. Your animal welfare organization may be willing to assist you with your story or help you obtain high quality photos and/or video for your submission. 

    Q: HOW CAN I BE SURE MY STORY IS SUBMITTED?
    When you have completed the required tasks, please be sure to click “Review & Submit” and the final “Submit Your Application” button to ensure that your submission is eligible for review.

    You will receive an email confirmation that your story was submitted successfully:

    Petco Love Application Proces

    Petco Love Application Submitted

    If you experience any technical issues that are not answered in these FAQs, please contact us at lovestories@petcolove.org.

  • Animal Welfare Organizations FAQs (Click to expand)

    Q: HOW DO I VERIFY AN ADOPTION?
    Your organization will receive an email for each verification needed. Login to the Petco Love Partner Portal, identify the adoption under the menu “Pending Verifications”, then verify, and submit. All verifications are due by September 30th.

    Note: It can take up to one hour for adoptions to be added to your Partner Portal for verification.
    If you don’t see this adoption pending after one hour has passed, reach out to lovestories@petcolove.org and we’ll be happy to help!

    Q: SHOULD I WAIT FOR ALL OF THE STORIES TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE COMPLETING OUR APPLICATION OR SHOULD I SUBMIT RIGHT AWAY?
    No, you do not have to wait, and we encourage you to submit your application as soon as reasonably possible (and definitely before the September 30th due date).
    To get step-by-step instructions, follow our guide for organizations submitting a Holiday Wishes application.

    Q: HOW CAN I ENCOURAGE OUR ADOPTERS TO SUBMIT STORIES?
    Download the Love Stories toolkit, which contains sample social media posts, a template email, a template press release and more customizable marketing assets. You can also offer assistance to your adopters by helping them obtain quality photos and/or video to support their stories and by 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 Love Stories campaign does not fall under our normal grant cycle, so any outstanding grant follow-ups or applications will not impact eligibility for a grant.

    Q: HOW WILL I KNOW IF AN ADOPTER HAS SUBMITTED A STORY ON OUR BEHALF?
    Petco Love has requested that the adopter 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. We encourage you to provide your adopters with a preferred contact name, email and your organization’s tax ID number to include on their submission. You can look up the tax ID number here.

    Q: I RECEIVED MULTIPLE EMAILS ABOUT LOVE 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. The verification and application may be found on our Partner Portal.
    To get step-by-step instructions, follow our guide for organizations submitting a Holiday Wishes application.

    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! Additionally, there are grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for the top five organizations with the most valid story submissions.

    Q: I’M A SERVICE OR THERAPY ANIMAL ORGANIZATION  WITH AN INCREDIBLE STORY, CAN SOMEONE ENTER A STORY ON OUR BEHALF?
    If your organization pulled 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 grant award.

    Q: HOW CAN I RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD UP TO $25,000 FOR THE MOST VALID SUBMISSIONS?
    If your organization is one of the top five organizations with the most valid Love Story submissions, you will be eligible to receive a grant award up to $25,000. To be considered valid, story submissions must meet the guidelines, duplicate submissions will not count, and all adoptions must be verified in Petco Love Partner Portal by the adoption organization. Organizations must also have completed the partnership agreement and the Love Stories application.
    Top 5 Organizations with the Most Valid Submissions Will Receive:
    One (1) First Place: $25,000
    Two (2) Second Place Winners: $10,000 each
    Two (2) Third Place Winners: $5,000 each

    Q: I STILL NEED HELP. HOW CAN I GET IN CONTACT WITH YOU?
    If you experience any issues that are not answered in these FAQs, please contact us at lovestories@petcolove.org.

  • Winner Selection & Prizes FAQs (click to expand)

    Q: WHO WILL DECIDE WHICH ORGANIZATIONS ARE SELECTED TO RECEIVE LOVE STORIES GRANTS?
    Petco Love will have a dedicated team responsible for reviewing submissions. Winners will be chosen based on the sole and absolute discretion of Petco Love.

    Q: WHAT ARE THE PRIZES FOR THE LOVE STORIES GRANT CAMPAIGN?

    Petco Love will grant approximately $1 million in grant awards to winning animal welfare organizations while Petco will grant a shopping spree to the adopters in the amounts specified below:

    Grand Prize:
    $100,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    2nd Prize Winners:
    $50,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $500 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    3rd Prize Winners:
    $25,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $250 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    4th Prize Winners:
    $10,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $100 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    5th Prize Winners:
    $5,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $100 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    Runner-ups:
    $1,000 grant award for the animal welfare organization
    $50 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack including swag from BOBS from Skechers for the adopter

    Q: WHEN WILL THE WINNING ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS BE ANNOUNCED?
    Petco Love will make its final decisions regarding Love Stories grants in December.

    All winners will be listed on the Love Stories website once the winners have been announced publicly. Petco Love may contact the animal welfare organization and adopter directly to coordinate involvement in any media or publication of winners.

    Please note, Petco Love may use photos or highlight Love 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 stories. This will give the winning organizations the chance to receive additional grant funding up to $25,000. Following the announcement of the winning organizations in December, the public will have the chance to vote online for their favorite stories.
    Top 5 Vote Recipients Will Receive:
    One (1) First Place: $25,000
    Two (2) Second Place Winners: $10,000 each
    Two (2) Third Place Winners: $5,000 each

    Participating organizations will receive a toolkit to help them promote the competition. Only one vote per story will be recorded. Voters must verify their email address to vote and be in the United States. The voting site will be accessible in December. Offering incentives for voting, paying for votes or voting on behalf of another person is not permitted. Petco Love reserves the right to remove fraudulent votes and disqualify organizations from the People’s Choice voting.

    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, 2021. People’s Choice award winners will receive additional grant awards by January 31, 2022.

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