Shelter stories help earn grants

Two adoption stories from the Santa Fe animal shelter are among 54 finalists in the Petco Holiday Wishes campaign that could earn the shelter grant money.lester-and-jamie

Through December, Petco Foundation plans to award the shelters with stories chosen as finalists a grant between $5,000 and $100,000. A People’s Choice award also will be chosen based on votes. The top vote getters have a chance to win a $25,000 grant, two $10,000 grants and a $5,000 award.

Jude Heimel, a volunteer with the shelter who suffers from hearing loss, submitted a winning story about Lacey, her service dog who alerts her to the sounds around them and offers the best antidote for loneliness. Jamie Meridith, a shelter staff member, submitted a winning story about the joy in being together with her rescue dog, Lester. She writes that wide-open spaces offer best friends a pathway to healing.

Both stories, along with the other finalists, are available for reading and voting at Voting for the People’s Choice award runs through Dec. 31.

People can also follow the announcement of grant awards as they happen on the foundation’s Facebook page,