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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Advances Cancer Research for Companion Animals

March 10/Denver – In November, Laurie Sullivan and her golden retriever Bowie performed freestyle dance at the World Canine Freestyle Organization North American Nationals. Bowie had competed in the event before, but this time was a bit more special. Bowie was battling cancer, a particularly aggressive cancer, and against all odds he was still alive and able to dance one more time. It wasn’t their most polished performance, but for Sullivan it was their most memorable.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and the second leading disease-related cause of death in cats. In fact, 12 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and cats each year. Morris Animal Foundation is leading the fight against cancer in pets, and has launched its annual Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign which lasts through June 30. The foundation is the largest nonprofit organization funding studies that help lead to treatments, diagnostics and preventions for cancer.

The foundation’s researchers are investigating 10 different types of canine cancers, including some of the most common cancer types, such as osteosarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, melanoma and lymphoma. Feline studies focus efforts on four types of cancers: oral cancers, injection-site sarcomas, lymphoma and mammary cancer. The foundation currently is funding more than 40 active pet cancer studies with nearly $6 million in dedicated funding.

Unite to Fight Pet Cancer supports cancer research at the foundation through donations to the campaign. Until June 30, donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Blue Buffalo Company up to $50,000.

Bowie is one face of cancer, battling hemangiosarcoma. His owner is the face of hope, helping Bowie beat the odds while raising awareness about pet cancer and the need for research funding. Learn more about Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer and how your gift can help dogs like Bowie live to dance another day.

(Photos of Bowie available upon request.)

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife. Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris Animal Foundation.