DERBY — The Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes campaign, in partnership with Petco, awarded $5,000 to the Cowley County Humane Society on Dec. 13 at the Derby Petco store.

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The Cowley County Humane Society was selected as a winner from more than 5,000 stories that were submitted by animal adopters across the country, all of which celebrated how their adopted pets have changed and enriched their lives.

The Petco Foundation selected more than 50 organizations from the pool of 5,000 submissions as winners. The 54 animal welfare organizations referenced in the stories as the adopting organizations will receive a total of $750,000 in grants to celebrate their life-saving work.

Brenda Falkenberg nominated the Cowley County Humane Society for its role in bringing her daughter, Jody Furrh, together with an adopted service dog, Justice.

Falkenberg credits Justice with giving Furrh the freedom to be a teenager, and inspiring her to raise awareness about epilepsy and service dogs.

About the Petco Foundation

The Petco Foundation believes that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, it has invested more than $170 million in life-saving animal welfare work to make that happen.

With more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, the foundation inspires and empowers 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 life-saving initiatives.

Through its Think Adoption First program, the Petco Foundation partners with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. It has helped more than 5 million pets to find new families. For more information, visit www.petcofoundation.org or email Emily.Erskine@edelman.com.