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No matter how long ago you adopted, your story can help Anderson receive a grant award of up to $100,000!
Entries must be submitted by 9/20/21 at 12 pm (CST)
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Here are the details:

  • Write a story (500 words or less) about the large and small ways your pet brightens your life.

  • Select at least 4 photos that support your story. Be sure to include one of just the pet, one of you and your family with your pet, and two additional photos.

  • Be sure to include the following required organizational information with your entry:

  • Submit your story by September 20, 2021 at 12 pm (CST).

If you would like help writing your story, contact Cara Fry at 847-697-2880 x 48 or

Previous winning entries from Anderson Families: 

$25,000 Winner!

$5,000 Winner!

$25,000 Winner!

$10,000 Winner!

$5,000 Winner!

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An adopted cat named Murry brings calm, trusting assurance that "everything's gonna be all right" to his pet dad as he undergoes cancer treatment. "As the cage door opened, out walked the Shaquille O'Neal of cats with the black and white markings of a Holstein cow. He nuzzled my leg, I was immediately in love. T.P. Mulrooney helped Anderson earn $25,000!

For over a decade, Helena brought companionship and joy to pet dad,  Don Johnson. Now they're enjoying their active, happy senior years together. "We both move a little slower these days, but we enjoy sharing pizza crust and those summer nights watching the world go by while sitting in the driveway." Don helped Anderson earn $5,000!

In early 2017, Joya Morales and her young sons suffered two enormous losses when they lost their husband/father and family dog within 3 months of each other. A few months later, two kittens came into their lives and helped them heal. The Morales family helped Anderson earn $25,000!

Victory Centre of Bartlett, through its See Spot Retire companion program, adopted Daisy Mae in 2016. Daisy Mae quickly settled in and made herself at home. This pup connects with the residents and helped us earn $10,000.


Nicole Devine wasn't looking for a pet in 2016 when her office held an adoption event with Anderson Animal Shelter. She was recovering from a painful injury that impacted her plans to run in the Walt Disney World Marathon. She decided to just look at the dogs and before she knew it, a beagle puppy captured her attention. Jacob (now Brantley) helped her enough to recover and run in the marathon while the shelter earned $5,000.

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About the contest:

Since 2013, more than 20,000 adopters have shared their Love Stories detailing all the ways their pet has changed their life. 

Petco Love has given more than $5.8 million in grant awards to the animal welfare organizations that make these adoptions possible.

The winners will be announced during the 2021 Holiday Season.