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Petco Foundation Invests in RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center's Life-Changing Work supporting Individual's with unique needs with the help of the horse

An Investment of $1,000 will extend efforts to help pets and people in San Antonio live their best lives.

San Antonio, Texas October 2019– RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center announced it has been awarded a $1,000 grant investment from the Petco Foundation to support its equine assisted activities and therapies program.

The Petco Foundation investment will help individuals meet personal goals while experiencing the joy of horsemanship.

“This grant allows us to give the highest quality of care to well deserving families. The Petco Foundation’s support means a great deal to RISE because it helps the community understand the incredible impact horses and therapy animals can have on the healing process,” said Di Hellgren, Executive Director.

Investments are made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes campaign which takes place each October in Petco locations nationwide to support the lifechanging work of service, therapy and working animals.

RISE Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a nonprofit organization who provides equine assisted activities and therapies serving individuals with cognitive, physical or emotional challenges.  For more information visit their website For more on the Petco Foundation, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #HelpingHeroes.

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 $260 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 6 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started.  Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.


Reaching Inside Souls using Equines. . .

The mission of RISE is to Reach Inside Souls using Equines while helping individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional needs meet personal goals, maximize activities in daily life and experience the joy of horsemanship.

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"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

                              ~ Sir Winston Churchill

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