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Helping Heroes

A $5000 grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods for sponsorship of Team Training Week. We would like to thank them for their support of the life-changing work of service animals and for their support of our program.

Petco Foundation Invests in Good Dog Autism Companions’s Life-Changing Work Supporting Autism Service Dogs and their families.

The Petco Foundation investment helped to educate, inspire and support 4 new families in the care and handling of their new family member. Team Training is a 5-day intensive time of learning and bonding for both humans and canines. We meet for 8 hours each day to teach the new parent handler everything they need to know about the dog and how to become a confident handler.

“We are so grateful for the support of The Petco Foundation Helping Heroes grant. Team Training is such an important week where the new parent handlers learn all about their new service dogs. We teach them all about caring for their dog as well as about dog psychology and much more. Being supported by this grant allows us to make it a fantastic week of dog bonding and education.” said Laura Sylvester, Executive Director Good Dog! Autism Companions

About the Petco Foundation:

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower 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 lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

For more information about the Petco Foundation, visit Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #HelpingHeroes.

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