Petco Foundation: Surprise With Holiday Wishes Grant

By Hope Bidegainberry on December 16, 2019

WHAT: In the hopes of earning Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA a Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes grant, Los Gatos resident Kathryn Flores submitted a story of how her dog, Romeo, has embraced being a “big brother” to his human siblings. The story was selected from among thousands and earned Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, where Romeo was adopted, a Holiday Wishes grant.

This year, the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco and BOBS from Skechers, announced 105 Holiday Wishes grant recipients across the country – awarding $875,000 in total grants to support the year-round lifesaving efforts of these animal welfare organizations that make adoption matches like Romeo’s possible. Now in its 7th year, the Holiday Wishes campaign, created to celebrate pet adoption and the spirit of giving during the holiday season, has received 15,000 adoption stories, and resulted in $4.2M funds awarded to help more pets find loving homes.

In a special celebration on December 17, the Petco Foundation, along with partner BOBS from Skechers, will surprise Kathryn and Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA with a grant for the organization. Kathryn will also receive a Petco shopping spree for Romeo.


Petco Store

3012 Bridgepointe Parkway

San Mateo, CA 


Tuesday, December 17

11 a.m.


·       “Oversized” check presentation by Petco Foundation to Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

·       Kathryn Flores on her shopping spree and receiving BOBS from Skechers shoes and pet supplies from the Petco Foundation and Skechers


·       Representative from Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

·       Kathryn Flores

·       Representative from Petco Foundation

Background Story:

Adopted Pit Bull Takes Being a Big Brother Seriously

Romeo showed Kathryn and her husband that when welcoming a new human baby, dogs can be the best siblings! “Romeo has dutifully supervised every diaper change, bedtime story and bath. He’s taken his job as Cheerio clean-up crew and baby drum without skipping a beat.” For full story and photos CLICK HERE.

 People’s Choice Award

All animal lovers can help make even more Holiday Wishes come true by voting for their favorite Holiday Wishes story HERE. From now until December 20, 2019, the “People’s Choice Award” will allow the public to vote for their favorite winning story and give the top five organizations the chance to receive additional grant funding from $5,000 to $25,000. Results of the “People’s Choice Award” will be revealed before Christmas.

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