Lake Humane Society, surprised with $10,000 check from Petco Love

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Photo credit (Credit: David Foster for Petco Love)

Lake Humane Society was surprised with a $10,000 check from Petco Love during a celebration at Petco on Thursday, all thanks to a story submitted by local resident Megan Wessels in the Petco Love Stories campaign.

Megan’s heartwarming story of how her adopted dog changed her life was selected as one of 100 Love Stories winners from across the country this year. Now Lake Humane Society can earn up to an additional $25,000, but they need the community’s support. From now through Dec. 15, noon CST, the public can vote for Lake Humane Society’s winning story in the People’s Choice competition at

“Megan’s story shows how adopted pets change our lives for the better and we are so thankful she shared her story in the annual Petco Love Stories campaign to help us receive a grant award. These funds will help us bring more pets in need together with loving families,” said Lori Caszatt, Interim Executive Director at Lake Humane Society. “Now you can help us save even more pet lives by voting for our story in the People’s Choice competition.”

People’s Choice Competition: The top five stories with the most votes will earn additional grant funding from $5,000 to $25,000. The deadline to vote is December 15, 2021, noon CST. Winners will be announced before Christmas. To view all 101 stories and vote for a favorite, visit

Winning Story Background: When Megan returned from a deployment to the Middle East, she soon realized she had to recover physically and mentally from her service as well. Just as it was becoming too taxing to “soldier on,” a military service dog named Bailey helped Megan learn to thrive.

Since 2013, more than 20,000 adopters have shared how their pets have changed their lives in the annual campaign, with Petco Love granting nearly $7 million to the hardworking animal welfare organizations making these adoption matches possible. For more, visit