THE PETCO FOUNDATION HONORS ANIMAL
WELFARE’S BEST IN SHOW
The Petco Foundation gathered approximately 500 guests at this
year’s Celebration of Love awards gala, which was held in San Diego in May. The gala recognized seven organizations and individuals from across the country for their dedication, determination and
actions to create lifesaving impacts for pets in need.
Hosted by actor Jane Lynch (“Glee” and “Best in Show”), the
evening also featured the first;ever Innovation Showdown. In partnership with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, two organizations
had the opportunity to pitch their innovative lifesaving ideas for
pets to a panel of expert animal welfare investors.
“The Petco Foundation’s awards gala is an inspiring evening
for all animal lovers,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of
the Petco Foundation. “The organizations and individuals honored
at this year’s event offered unique, eye-opening stories and testimo-
nials of the dedicated hard work taking place across the country to
create lifesaving communities for animals.”
;og behaviorist ;ictoria Stilwell (;It;s ;e or the ;og” host and
author) and State Farm presented Karl Booker with the special Un-
sung Hero Award for his dedication to tirelessly working to save
Lifeline Animal Project’s hardest-to-place dogs.
The other 2017 awards and recipients include:
; Central Garden and Pet Co. presented the Paul Jolly Compassion Award to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane
; Merrick Pet Care presented the Spay Neuter Award to the
Los Angeles Coalition for Pets and Public Safety.
; Natural Balance presented the Helping Heroes Award to
; The Love Amplified Award was presented by Petco to
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations for Clear the
; ;lue ;uffalo presented the ;ifesaving Impact Award to Atlanta’s Lifeline Animal Project.
; Lucy Pet Products presented the Founder’s Award to Brian
Devine. As former Petco CEO and Chairman, Devine was
honored this year for his creation of and commitment to the
The Innovation Showdown competition between animal welfare finalists—the Brandywine Valley SPCA and Animal Care
Centers of NYC—presenting their unique ideas to save lives also
drew attention from attendees and a celebrity and expert panel
of judges that included Daymond John (“Shark Tank,” New York
Times best-selling author, and founder and CEO of FUBU), Jackson Galaxy (cat behaviorist, author, founder of the Jackson Galaxy
Foundation and host of “My Cat from Hell”) and Kogut.
;oth finalists received investments from the foundation to bring
their lifesaving ideas to life.
To help celebrate and honor all the finalists and award recipients, the awards gala also featured a paw-printed red carpet with
“pawparazzi” photographers and a photo booth for guests to capture selfies with adoptable puppies and kittens.
PETSMART CHARITIES GIVES GRANT TO
BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
PetSmart Charities has granted $360,000 to Boston Children’s Hospital to support Pawprints, the hospital’s 14-year-old animal-assisted therapy program.
The Pawprints program provides a welcome diversion from
patients’ normal hospital routines, giving them and their families
a sense of security and normalcy, a diminished sense of isolation,
and an increased level of positive communication. With the help of
this grant, the hospital expects to double the number of dogs participating in the program from 17 to 34 to serve thousands of patients
at three satellite locations in Peabody and Waltham, Mass., and the
Martha Eliot Health Center, also in Massachusetts by 2019.
The Hospital’s animal-assisted therapy program was launched
with the first ;oston Children;s therapy dog, Stella, a mild;man-nered yellow Labrador retriever, by her inaugural visit in 2003.
Since then, there have been more than 12,000 patient visits by dozens of therapy dogs over the past 14 years.
“We’re so grateful for this generous support from PetSmart
Charities,” said Carola Cadley, vice president of corporate de-
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