As you may know, in October the Petco Foundation joined Ellen DeGeneres and her natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, to announce a new Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, where animal welfare organizations would compete to receive grants totaling $250,000. Organizations were asked to submit success stories exemplifying the lifesaving work of their organizations for a chance to win a $100,000 grant award.
With the competition closed, we can report that the response from animal welfare organizations was overwhelming. We received 4,500 grant applications. The incredible work being done around the country to save animals is truly inspiring. We want to thank everyone for taking time to tell us your stories; you all are amazing!
One thing became clear in our review — our original total grant amount of $250,000 was simply not enough.
Therefore, we have DOUBLED the total grant award amount to $500,000. The winner will still receive a $100,000 award and total grants will be awarded in the following amounts:
|Two second tier winners||$50,000 each|
|Five third tier winners||$25,000 each|
|Ten fourth tier winners||$10,000 each|
|Fifteen fifth tier winners||$5,000 each|
So many animals have had their Holiday Wishes come true because of our animal welfare partners. We are excited to make some Holiday Wishes come true for the winning organizations.
Winners will be announced over the next couple of weeks,
so stay tuned and good luck to everyone!