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The "City of Cats" goes to the dogs and sets new fundraising record

April 26, 2016

Dog lovers from California's South Bay area took a stroll around the beautiful lake at Vasona Lake Park on Sunday, April 24, for the sixth annual Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk. Nearly 1,000 participants raised more than $135,000, a new record for this event.

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National DNA Day - 5 fun feline genetics facts

April 25, 2016

Morris Animal Foundation first dipped its paw into the cat genetic pool in 1962, when the foundation funded its first genetic study in cats. New analytic tools developed since that time have resulted in an explosion of new genetic studies. In the last decade alone, the foundation has funded 44 cat genetic studies. Here are some interesting genetic facts that make our feline friends unique!

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Her dog's cancer led her to help others through loss

April 20, 2016

Battling cancer one time seems more than enough for any dog and its family. But for Bogey, and many other dogs, cancer can have more than one face. “You think that if your dog has had one cancer, it won’t get another,” said Kim Bradley. “That isn’t a correct assumption, but I thought it when Bogey had his first cancer.”

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Lace up your shoes for the 2016 Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk

April 19, 2016

Christine Alves is a busy person. A member of German Shepherds of the Bay Area, one of the leading teams participating in the Morris Animal Foundation Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 24, on any given day you can find her hanging up posters promoting the walk, or leaving cards at business encouraging people to register.

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Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk raises nearly $30,000 for cancer research

April 14, 2016

Dog lovers from Knoxville, Tennessee, joined together on Sunday, April 10, for the fifth annual Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk. Despite chilly weather, more than 200 people gathered in The Cove at Concord Park to raise money for the fight against canine cancer.

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HC the cat from unwanted, to beloved, to mourned

April 12, 2016

Laura Mae Sudder was introduced to HC (short for House Cat) when he was a 6-month-old abandoned cat that needed a costly surgery. Laura Mae’s veterinarian thought the two would be a good match, and the next thing Laura Mae knew, she was taking HC home.

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Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk: walking in memory of Ripley, the incredible pug

April 5, 2016

Nancy Dearolf of Knoxville, Tennessee, is all too familiar with canine cancer. As a longtime participant in the Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk, Nancy, along with her wife, Paula, organized Team Ripley in memory of their pug named after “Ripley’s Believe or Not,” because his story was so incredible.

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Osteosarcoma challenges veterinarian, but he is one face of hope against this disease

March 29, 2016

Treating animals with cancer is never easy, particularly if your research focuses on osteosarcoma, one of the most devastating forms of cancer in dogs. Even with the most aggressive treatment, most dogs die within a year of diagnosis. But dogs with this type of cancer not only face greatly shortened lives, they must deal with the pain that accompanies this disease

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Tuberculosis a threat to endangered wild elephant populations

March 24, 2016

March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of one of the deadliest infectious diseases of people worldwide. Tuberculosis also is a major health threat to many animals, and is a growing problem in both African and Asian elephants, threatening their long-term health as individuals and as species.

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Five things you might not think about (but should) when adopting a puppy

March 23, 2016

With their boundless energy, enthusiasm and adorable antics, puppies are hard to resist. On March 23, National Puppy Day, a day of celebration for all puppies add to our lives, here are five things to keep in mind when you are considering bringing a puppy into your home.

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Bowie, the dancing dog, faces cancer with loving support from his owner

March 15, 2016

This past November, Laurie Sullivan and her golden retriever Bowie performed in a freestyle dance event at the World Canine Freestyle Organization North American Nationals. It wasn’t their first time competing there, and it probably wasn’t their most polished performance. However, for Laurie, it was one of the happiest moments of her life.

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Thank you, San Diego K9 Cancer Walkers!

March 10, 2016

When Albert Hammond penned his famous song “It Never Rains in Southern California” back in 1972, he probably couldn’t imagine the torrential rains that fell on San Diego this past Sunday, March 6, at the 2016 San Diego K9 Cancer Walk. But the wet weather didn’t stop nearly 500 intrepid walkers from participating in another successful event.

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Stopping interspecies spread of tuberculosis

March 8, 2016

In the United Kingdom, an ongoing and growing outbreak of tuberculosis in cows has public health officials worried. Cows can spread the disease to humans through dairy products, and in some cases, direct contact. Badgers are known carriers of Mycobacterium bovis (the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in cattle) and are suspected to be major players in spreading disease in the current outbreak.

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Morris Animal Foundation Unite to Fight Pet Cancer

March 8, 2016

Morris Animal Foundation’s third Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign is underway, raising awareness about pet cancer and increasing funding for current and future cancer studies. Cancer remains one of the most common causes of death in dogs and cats. Morris Animal Foundation has been actively engaged in pet cancer research for almost 70 years. Our recent successes include a major discovery of cancer risk genes in golden retrievers and the innovative use of a melanoma vaccine in horses.

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Walking for Riley - San Diego K9 Cancer Walk

February 29, 2016

Barbee Gennerman remembers the shock of learning that her golden retriever Riley had cancer. “I knew dogs got cancer,” said Barbee. “You just think it will never happen to your dog.”

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Spiders, snakes and all things creepy don't frighten this researcher

February 23, 2016

The hot and humid Florida summers didn’t discourage Brad Ahrens from playing each summer in the swamp behind his grandmother’s house. Dressed up like a safari guide, young Brad was armed with a wildlife guidebook, snake pole, a backpack full of his grandmother’s empty jars, and a healthy love of all things creepy and crawly.

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Be my Valentine – Interesting facts about animal hearts

February 12, 2016

With Valentine’s Day approaching, and gaily colored hearts everywhere, we can’t help but think of love. And who gives us more unconditional love than our animal friends?

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Donor inspired by love of animals to become a Loyal Friend

February 8, 2016

A long-time animal rescue volunteer, trainer and animal lover, Jan Hitchborn originally began giving to Morris Animal Foundation after hearing about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study through her local golden retriever rescue group.

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Meow, that hurts! Arthritis can affect cats, too.

January 28, 2016

As most cat owners and veterinarians can attest, cats are masters at concealing signs of illness, a trait inherited from their wild counterparts. This tendency complicates our ability to determine when our feline friends are in pain.

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Dog lovers in South Florida brave cold weather to raise money for canine cancer research

January 26, 2016

In spite of a colder than usual day in South Florida, dog lovers joined together to walk through Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, to raise money to fight canine cancer. More than 250 people and their furry friends participated in the fifth South Florida K9 Cancer Walk on January 24

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