Everyone needs a hero sometimes, pets included—and across the country, pet lovers are stepping up to help. We couldn’t let those heroes go unnoticed, so, we collaborated with our friends at Chewy to highlight the people and organizations doing the work to change pet lives. Our monthly “Heroes of the Month” series features the people, as well as shelters and rescues from across the U.S. that continue to make a difference in animal welfare. They’ve gone above and beyond to ensure that animals in need are loved and cared for, and we are so thankful for their presence.

Read more about each month’s heroes in the links below and check back often for updates!

August

From Arizona to Indiana to Kansas, These Pet Lovers Are Making a Difference

September

These Pet Lovers are Making a Difference in California, Georgia and Illinois

October

Heroes of the Month: These Cat Lovers Are Giving Back in Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and Washington, D.C.

November

These Animal Lovers Are Going the Extra Mile in Alabama, Minnesota and Wyoming

December

Heroes of the Month: These Animal Lovers Are Going the Extra Mile in Colorado, Delaware and Nevada

January

A Literal Lifesaver: Debra Jo Chiapuzio Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to First Responders