Animal Friends of the Valleys partners with the Petco Foundation to celebrate National Foster a Pet Month


WILDOMAR – Animal Friends of the Valleys is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing local foster hero, Darlene H., for stepping up and saving animal lives in the valley.

Darlene and her daughter started Lucky Chi rescue foundation, which works mainly on rescuing chihuahuas to care for and rehome.

“Fostering indeed saves lives and with dedicated foster heroes, such as Darlene, we can continue making strides to find homes for pets in need; especially when sheltering resources can be limited,” Monica Wylie, executive director at Animal Friends of the Valleys, said.

“It is an honor to recognize the local foster heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation, said. “During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2% of pet- owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”

National Foster a Pet Month is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate in summer 2020 with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S. In addition to mobilizing the animal-loving public to help local animal welfare organizations save lives through the COVID-19 crisis, the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives included $1 million in emergency product and cash donations to animal shelters. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13 million to animal welfare organizations nationwide.

To learn more about Animal Friends of the Valleys and how to help, visit

For more on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SavePetLives.

Submitted by Animal Friends of the Valleys.