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Byline: Submitted by the Petco Foundation

In response to submitting an essay of how their adopted pets changed their lives, local pet parents Joya Morales, Vicki Striegel and Nicole Devine won a total of $40,000 in grants for Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin.

Joya Moraless essay focused on how two adopted kittens helped her grieving family find hope again.

Vicki? ?Striegels submission tells how a dog named Daisy Mae keeps a senior community thriving as the resident dog on duty.

Nicole Devine writes how adopting a beagle mix helped her recover from injury and continue her running career.

The grants were awarded on Dec. 11 and are part of the Petco Foundations Holiday Wishes campaign that will grant more than $765,000 to animal welfare organizations nationwide.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award.

The Petco Foundation invites all animal lovers to play a role in making Holiday Wishes come true. From now until Dec. 20, you can read all finalist stories and vote for your favorites to win the "Peoples Choice Award" at

The five organizations with the most votes will receive additional funding ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to support their lifesaving work. Results of the "Peoples Choice Award" will be revealed before Christmas.

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Title Annotation:Neighbor
Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Dec 15, 2017
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