Petco Foundation to help Citrus County Animal Services

Adopters, share how your pet brightens your life for a chance to help Citrus County Animal Services win up to a $100,000 grant award!

Pets brighten our lives. The Petco Foundation, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, is giving qualified animal welfare organizations across the country a way to brighten this upcoming holiday season by granting more than $750,000.

Anyone who has adopted a pet from Citrus County Animal Services is invited to submit a story of how their adopted pet brightens their life to help give Citrus County Animal Services the opportunity to receive up to a $100,000 grand prize grant award. Finalist awards will also be given ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree to pamper their pets and BOBS from Skechers shoes for themselves.

“We’re asking anyone who has adopted a pet from Citrus County Animal Services to help us earn a grant this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their story,” said Colleen Yarbrough “You can help our holiday wishes come true by simply sharing how your pet brightens your life each and every day.”

Stories should highlight how pets brighten their adopter’s lives, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their pet. Submissions must include photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters should contact Citrus County Animal Services for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission.

Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes webpage for more information, to read stories from previous winners, and to complete their submission.

The deadline to submit a story is Monday, September 23, 2019, at noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and for submission FAQs, visit

Since 2013, nearly $4 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for pets in need during the holiday season and year-round. For more information, visit and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes and #BrighterTogether.

About Citrus County Animal Services

Citrus County Animal Services up holds a mission to help protect and save the stray, neglected and abused animals within Citrus County. On average, we take in more than 4,000 animals and make it our personal goal to help ensure they have a happy and successful life beyond adoption.

We inspire to find progressive methods to create the best environment possible for the animals we have in our care and empower our staff and volunteers to use these methods to help ease the emotional and mental stress cats and dogs can encounter during their visits at the shelter.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we have invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen.

With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.

Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we have helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we are just getting started.

Visit to learn more about how you can get involved. The Petco Foundation partners with BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of BOBS for Dogs and BOBS for Cats shoes, apparel and accessories. During the past four years, Skechers has donated more than $4.23 million to help more than 750,000 shelter pets nationwide, including saving more than 396,000 rescued pets – and BOBS continues to make a difference for animals across the country.

Learn more about BOBS from Skechers at

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