Parker also received a gift card from Petco. The Lab rescue group has a chance of winning another $5,000 to $25,000 if it is among the top five groups during voting for a People's Choice Awards, open through Dec. 20. Voting can be done online at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. The Fresno Lab rescue group is one of around 50 animal groups nationwide to receive a combined $765,000 from Petco this season.
Earlier this year, Cat House on the Kings in Parlier received a $75,000 grant from Petco.
Parker hopes his story about Toby reminds people that rescue dogs are wonderful, and to give them a chance.
Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno found homes for 213 dogs in 2017 and rescued between 1,500 and 2,000 since becoming an incorporated nonprofit in 2010, says the group's director, Petra House.
"All that they need is a chance -- adopt, don't shop," House says.
The rescue group gets their dogs from local animal shelters. The dogs live with volunteer foster parents until permanent homes can be found.
Parker describes Toby as "always happy, never sad, playful."
"Our family rescued Toby," Parker says, "but he really rescued me."
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