On Saturday, October 12, “Meet a Hero Day” will be held at the Statesboro Petco.  At the event Companions for Heroes a St. Simons Island based nonprofit will receive the $50,000 grant as part of the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes initiative.  This initiative honors the therapy, service and working animals that have a significant impact on people across the nation.  Companions for Heroes and the Petco Foundation are inviting the public to meet veteran Josh Polley and his service dog Jeri, and veteran Sarah Davis and her service dog, Bruno, to learn more about service animals.  They will be at the Petco Store lcoated at 359 Henry Blvd in Statesboro on Saturday, October 12 from 11 am to 1 PM.

Companions for Heroes pairs shelter dogs with veterans to help them combat PTSD.  Jeri and Bruno two of their successful veteran-shelter dog teams will be in Statesboro for “Meet a Hero Day”.  The event helps people learn more about how service dogs help many people manage anxiety, trauma, depression and more.

The $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation will help them continue and expand their lifesaving work.is year, the Petco Foundation aims to raise $2.2 million in Petco locations and online to support the incredible organizations that train and support these heroes to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each and every day.

The event coincides with the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes campaign (Oct. 5 –27), which supports the work of service, therapy and working animals. The Petco Foundation has proudly invested more than $14 million to support these animals who work to save and improve lives across the nation and world.

For more information on the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes campaign, visit petcofoundation.org/hero and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #HelpingHeroes.

About Companions for Heros

Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion animals obtained from shelters and/or rescues, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, and first-responders recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country. C4H increases public awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other challenges confronting our country’s heroes; and rally’s support for animal welfare and the adoption of shelter and/or rescue animals. To learn more about the organization, please visit www. companionsforheroes.org.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, they believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, they have invested more than $260 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With their more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, they 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 their Think Adoption First program, they partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, they have helped more than 6 million pets find their new loving families, and they are just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...