Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services Foundation surprised with check and a chance

Local pet adopter’s story selected as winner in annual Petco Love Stories campaign, surprising Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services with $15,000 award. Now they can earn $25k more with public’s vote. Photo credit: Petco Love

Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services was surprised with a $15,000 check from Petco Love, all thanks to a story submitted by two local pet adopters in the Petco Love Stories campaign. Now Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services can earn up to an additional $25,000, but they need the community’s support. From now through Dec. 15, noon CST, the public can vote for Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services’ stories in the People’s Choice competition at

These two stories were selected as part of 100 Love Stories winners from across the country this year earning Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services $15,000 from Petco Love.

Adopted dog brings love and support to middle school therapy ($10K Winner): Kennedy and her adopted dog Remy have traveled across the country, hiked mountains, and completed AKC trainings, but their greatest adventure is just beginning. Together, they’re making middle school art therapy a supportive, welcoming space. Vote for story.

Adopted cat helps pet mom find hope after loss ($5K Winner): Kristen was recovering from long-term COVID complications and was grieving the sudden loss of her family. Then she adopted a cat named Pete, who’s playful and curious nature helped bring love, laughter, and joy back to her life again. Vote for story.

“These powerful Love Stories reflect the importance of pets in our lives. Whether the best or worst of times, the love of pets can change everything,” said Petco Love President, Susanne Kogut. “Reading these touching tales strengthens our resolve to create a world where every shelter pet finds a loving family, and no pet is unnecessarily euthanized. This year, we are proud to award more than $1 million to further empower lifesaving organizations, like Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services, that work tirelessly to save pet lives.”

People’s Choice Competition: The top five stories with the most votes will earn additional grant funding from $5,000 to $25,000. The deadline to vote is December 15, 2021, noon CST. Winners will be announced before Christmas. To view all 100 stories and vote for a favorite, visit

About Petco Love Stories: Since 2013, more than 20,000 adopters have shared how their pets have changed their lives in the annual campaign, with Petco Love granting nearly $7 million to the hardworking animal welfare organizations making these adoption matches possible. For more, visit

About Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services

Friends of Indianapolis Animal Care Services was established through the dedicated efforts of concerned volunteers and leaders of Indianapolis Animal Care Services to address the problem of homeless and unwanted pets in our community.  It is our primary purpose to help save the lives and support the welfare of our city’s shelter animals. Indianapolis Animal Care Services takes in roughly 16,000 animals each year. Learn more at

About Petco Love

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.