Petco Foundation Supports Pet Partners
The grant is made possible through Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign hosted online and in Petco stores around the nation. In partnership with Merrick Pet Care, this campaign, held each October, recognizes and celebrates the life-changing impact that service, therapy and working animals have on the lives of countless individuals.
“We are honored to have the generous support of the Petco Foundation to strengthen our Therapy Animal Program and reach more people through our efforts,” said Annie Peters, Pet Partners CEO. “Having an esteemed and well known organization, such as the Petco Foundation, advocating the importance of therapy animals is instrumental to the success and growth of our Program.”
Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program is made up of 10,000+ volunteers and their pets who touch a variety of clients in the U.S. and abroad, including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with reading challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and individuals nearing the end of life. Therapy animal teams also make visits under special circumstances to comfort those in need, such as during college midterms and finals, or after a natural disaster.
“It is heartwarming to see the joy that Pet Partners’ therapy animal teams bring to their community,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We are happy to support Pet Partners in their mission to improve human health and well being through the human-animal bond.”