Adopters can help Animal Friends of the Valleys receive a Holiday Wishes grant

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WILDOMAR – Individuals who have adopted a pet from Animal Friends of the Valleys are invited to share how their pet has changed their life to help give Animal Friends of the Valleys a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation.

In partnership with BOBS from Skechers, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skecher’s shoes.

“We’re calling on all Animal Friends of the Valleys adopters to help us earn a lifesaving grant award this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their stories,” Beth Soltysiak, director of development for AFV, said.

Through Sept. 23, adopters can submit their story at Stories should highlight how pets have changed their adopter’s life for the better, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their adopted pet. Submissions must include four photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters must contact Animal Friends of the Valleys for the organization’s point of contact, email and phone number to include in their submission. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Holiday Wishes homepage for more information and to read stories from previous winners.

The deadline to submit a Holiday Wishes story is Sept. 23, at noon Central Standard Time. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and submission FAQs, visit

Since 2013, over $5 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for animal welfare organizations during the holiday season and year-round. For more information about Holiday Wishes, visit, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HolidayWishes.

Submitted by Animal Friends of the Valleys.