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.

There are Unsung Heroes all around us, in every community, helping us get one step closer to creating a lifesaving nation. These inspiring stories prove the difference that one person can make in creating a better world for pets. Share their story with Petco Love and your organization could earn a $25,000 grant award.

All nominations must be completed by a current Petco Love partner organization by 12 PM CT on July 31, 2021.

Watch Our 2020 Unsung hero stories

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


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

Tae Bennett

Humane Rescue Alliance

Dr. Gail Counts

Dr. Gail Counts

Sierra's Haven for New & Used Pets

Grace Hamlin

Grace Hamlin

The W-Underdogs

Jacob HImes

Jacob Himes

Humane Society of South Mississippi

Catherine Lemunyon

Catherine Lemunyon

Arenac County Animal Control

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Lewis & Clark Humane Society

Sarah Saunders

Sarah Saunders

Bayou Animal Services

Anne & Kerry Smith

Cat Adoption Team

Daniele Stewart

Danielle Stewart

Apollo Support and Rescue

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Nomination & Selection Process FAQs

    How do I submit a nomination?

    Log in through our Partner Portal to submit an Unsung Heroes nomination.

    Who can submit a nomination?

    All current Petco Love partner organizations are eligible to submit a nomination. If you’re not currently a Petco Love partner organization, you can register at our Partner Portal.

    When can I submit a nomination?

    Organizations can submit a nomination from June 1 – July 31, 2021, at noon CST.

    Are there minimum requirements for the Unsung Hero nomination?

    Your nominee must have a minimum of 2 years of experience with the organization. Employees must be in a full-time position and volunteers must contribute at least 20 hours of service per week to the organization.

    How many Unsung Heroes will be selected?

    Petco Love will select five individuals to be recognized as our Unsung Heroes.

    What are the grant awards available for Unsung Heroes?

    Petco Love will select five individuals to be recognized as our Unsung Heroes. Each of their organizations will receive a $10,000 grant to continue their lifesaving work.

    One of the five will be recognized as Petco Love’s National Unsung Hero and their organization will receive an additional $25,000 grant award. The National Unsung Hero will be selected by popular vote.

    When will the selected Unsung Heroes be announced?

    Petco Love will make its final decisions regarding Unsung Heroes in September.

    All Unsung Heroes will be listed on Petco Love website in early 2022 once the selected Unsung Heroes have been announced publicly. Petco Love may contact the animal welfare organization directly to coordinate involvement in any media or publication.

  • People's Choice Voting Round FAQs

    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 at the end of the voting period will be named National Unsung Hero and receive a $25,000 grant award for their organization.

    When is the People’s Choice Voting Round?

    The People’s Choice Voting Round will be announced in early 2022.

    How Do I Vote?

    Voting will be made available on petcolove.org/unsunghero in early 2022. More details to come!

    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 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 media@petcolove.org.