We're Honoring Lifesaving Work

Petco Love and Victoria Stilwell honor Unsung Heroes across the nation for their extraordinary lifesaving efforts for pets in need. These inspiring stories prove the difference that one person can make in creating a better world for pets.

In 2020, we were pleased to announce that Gloria Marti of Save a Sato earned the title of National Unsung Hero for her work saving animal lives in Puerto Rico after recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Save a Sato received a $50,000 grant investment from Petco Love and 2,000 pounds of pet food from Petco to recognize her incredible work.

Watch all of the 2020 Unsung Hero stories below.

Nominations for the 2021 Unsung Heroes will open on June 1. Check back here for updates!

Cindy Keown


Gloria Marti

Save a Sato

Darrell McCurtain

Nuzzles & Co.

Jim Phieffer


Ken Stein

Feline Canine Friends

National Unsung Hero

Gloria Marti - Save a Sato


Past Unsung Hero Honorees

Kayla Denney

City of Taft

Shannon Wells

Kansas City Pet Project

Karl Booker

LifeLine Animal Project

Tae Bennett

Humane Rescue Alliance

Dr. Gail Counts

Sierra's Haven for New & Used Pets

Grace Hamlin

The W-Underdogs

Jacob Himes

Humane Society of South Mississippi

Catherine Lemunyon

Arenac County Animal Control

Chris Martin

Lewis & Clark Humane Society

Sarah Saunders

Bayou Animal Services

Anne & Kerry Smith

Cat Adoption Team

Danielle Stewart

Apollo Support and Rescue

Rules & Frequently Asked Questions

  • 2020 Selection Process

    We have selected five individuals to be recognized in our Unsung Heroes video series. Each of their organizations have received a $10,000 grant to continue their lifesaving work.

    One of the five will be recognized as the Petco Foundation’s National Unsung Hero and their organization will receive an additional $50,000 grant award.

    The National Unsung Hero will be selected by popular vote. The Unsung Hero who receives the most verified votes between noon CST on Friday, May 1 and noon CST on Friday, May 15 will receive the title of National Unsung Hero and will be eligible for the $50,000 grant award.

    View full contest rules in our terms & conditions.

  • 2020 People's Choice Voting Round

    What is the People’s Choice Voting Round?
    The People’s Choice Voting Round gives the public the opportunity to select the National Unsung Hero from our five Unsung Heroes. The Unsung Hero with the most verified votes between noon CT on May 1 and noon CT on May 15 will be named National Unsung Hero and receive a $50,000 grant award for their organization.

    How Do I Vote?
    Visit petcofoundation.org/unsunghero to learn more about the five Unsung Heroes. After you choose your favorite, simply enter your email address and click “vote” and “send confirmation email”. Go to your email inbox and confirm your vote.

    Voters may only cast votes on their own behalf and are not permitted to use multiple/different email addresses. Any voter who enters more than once or uses any device or artifice to circumvent the Official Rules may be disqualified and have their votes void. The Petco Foundation reserves the right to remove fraudulent votes and disqualify organizations from the Unsung Heroes People’s Choice Voting Round.

    Who is eligible to vote?
    Voting is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with a valid email address.

    Can I vote for more than one Unsung Hero?
    Absolutely! You are more than welcome to vote for more than one Unsung Hero. However, you will only be able to vote for each Unsung Hero once.

    May I enter a vote on behalf of someone other than myself?
    No, you may only vote once on behalf of yourself once using your own email address.

    Am I able to vote with more than one email address?
    No, voting with multiple email addresses is not be permitted.

    I clicked “Send Confirmation Email” but never received a link to confirm my vote. Can you help?
    In most cases, the link may have been sent to your junk or spam folders. If you are still unable to confirm your vote, email us at foundationevents@petcofoundation.org.