Petco Foundation Invests in Withers for Warriors’ Life-Changing Work Supporting Equine Assisted Therapy

Petco Foundation Helping Heroes
Petco Foundation Helping Heroes


Contact: Judith Trejo,

Petco Foundation Invests in Withers for Warriors’ Life-Changing Work Supporting Equine-Assisted Therapy

Investment of $5,000 will extend efforts to help horses and people in the Greater Las Vegas Area live their best lives

Las Vegas, November 16, 2018 – Withers for Warriors of Las Vegas, today announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its mission to reduce the symptoms of PTSD using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).

Withers for Warriors is an organization serving the Las Vegas area, exploring the reduction of symptoms of PTSD using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP).  Certified therapy horses distinguish between neurotypical humans and people experiencing psychological trauma. This is evident through different behaviors and physiological parameters, which the horses mirror back to people, creating the environmental conditions for healing and recovery. Since 2017, Withers for Warriors has been awarded the Guidestar Platinum Seal and partnered with SafeNest of Las Vegas, Tao Group, Spirit Airlines, and Montana Silversmiths.

This grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Merrick Pet Care. Each October during the campaign, Petco customers are invited to donate online and in Petco stores across the country to support the life-changing work of service, therapy, and working animals.

To date, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $12 million to support the transformative effect that therapy, service, and working animals that have on people across the globe.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to purchase more rescue horses and adopted Mustangs, transporting them to Withers for Warriors.  In addition to the purchase and transport of horses, the Petco Foundation investment will also buy horse food, supplements, tack, and other horse-related expenses.

“This grant from the Petco Foundation’s Helping Heroes program is going to make all the difference for us to provide second chances not only to the horses we adopt and rescue but also for the women we will be serving through Withers for Warriors,” said Jessie Kuntz, Founder.

For more information about the Petco Foundation, visit For more information about Withers for Warriors, visit Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging @PetcoFoundation and using the hashtags #HelpingHeroes and #PetcoFamily.


About Withers for Warriors

Withers for Warriors is grounded in a unified approach to the science of psychology that assimilates and integrates key insights from major approaches (e.g., CBT, humanistic, psychodynamic) into a coherent whole.  Withers for Warriors’ mission is to establish structured Equine Assisted Therapy in Southern Nevada.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we 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 our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

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