The Petco Foundation recently honored Shannon Wells of the Kansas City Pet Project at the foundation’s annual awards gala on June 8th in San Diego, California. Wells was presented with the Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes individuals whose commitment and story of dedication exemplifies their love for animals.

The Petco Foundation gathered more than 450 guests at this year’s “Celebration of Love” Lifesaving Awards, which recognized seven organizations and individuals from across the country for their dedication, determination and actions to create lifesaving impact for pets in need.

Wells was recognized for her selfless dedication to her work at Kansas City Pet Project, specifically in creating a special Parvo Ward at the underfunded animal control shelter. Through Wells’ program, she and her team have saved more than 500 puppies and have a 94% save rate for all parvo dogs.

“The Petco Foundation’s Lifesaving Awards are a way to celebrate and recognize the incredible, lifesaving work that takes place across the country,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “The individuals and organizations honored this year are changing the landscape of animal welfare and setting an example for others. We’re grateful for all they do to save lives and are thrilled to bring their work into the spotlight.”

“Shannon Wells has been quietly saving the lives of more than 500 dogs and puppies in Kansas City over the past six years that arrived at our shelter with deadly parvovirus,” said Teresa Johnson, CEO/Executive Director of KC Pet Project.  “We are so proud and honored that the Petco Foundation has recognized and honored this compassionate, dedicated woman for her amazing work with the 2018 Unsung Hero Award.”