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Why not share some feel-good news before the end of the year? Thanks to the national nonprofit Petco Love, we are spreading cheer this holiday season by distributing $1 million to animal welfare organizations nationwide. This is a part of their annual Love Stories campaign, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers.

Thousands of adopters submitted stories about how their pets changed their lives and 100 of the most impactful stories were selected, awarding lifesaving funds ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000 for the organization that made their adoption match possible. Organizations were surprised with their winning grant amount at events held at Petco Pet Care Centers throughout December, and winning adopters received BOBS from Skechers shoes and a Petco shopping spree to spoil their beloved pet.

Animal lovers also helped make the holidays even brighter by voting for their favorite Love Story. Five stories were selected by popular vote to receive a “People’s Choice Award,” and earned animal welfare organizations an additional grant, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Below you will see the people’s choice winners.

  • $25,000 – Sweet Paws Rescue (Essex, MA)

    Emily’s son, Graham, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was just 10 years old. Though comforted by the therapy dogs in the hospital, Graham wished for a puppy of his own—and his wish was answered in Phoebe.

    $25,000 – Sweet Paws Rescue (Essex, MA)

  • $10,000 – One Tail at a Time (Chicago, IL)

    When Amanda and Billy met a dog named Charlotte, she felt like a familiar friend. Little did they know that Charlotte would end up saving Billy’s life, proving herself to be an incredible guardian and service dog for her parents.

    $10,000 – One Tail at a Time (Chicago, IL)

  • $10,000 – The Animal Pad (San Diego, CA)

    When Melissa adopted Oliver, a dog with special needs, she wanted to give him a chance at a happy life. Oliver’s joyful, peaceful demeanor made him the perfect candidate to join Melissa in her career as a school counselor, where he now helps students thrive.

    $10,000 – The Animal Pad (San Diego, CA)

  • The additional 2021 People’s Choice Winners Are: $5,000 – One Tail at a Time (Chicago, IL

    When recovering from heart surgery, Yvette found that helping someone else was a surefire way to pull herself out of cardiac depression. Enter Poochie, a senior dog who needed a second chance—and who showed her how to appreciate every moment together.

  • The additional 2021 People’s Choice Winners Are: $5,000 – Whiskers TNR of Warren County (Martensdale, IA)

    When Ryan and Lindsey adopted Clem, they knew he’d need extra love and care to recover from his surgeries after frostbite. But Clem turned out to be a healing force for them as well, inspiring his family with his resiliency and unconditional love.