The dogs (las perras) were in control in the city of Los Gatos (the City of Cats) during the fifth annual Los Gatos K9 Cancer Walk on April 19, held at Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos, Calif. Almost $115,000 was raised by the nearly 1,000 registered walkers (and their furry companions) to help fund studies at Morris Animal Foundation that will lead to breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of cancer in dogs.
“Tanner’s cancer diagnosis was shocking because he was feeling fine,” said Suzanne Canipe, whose cat Tanner was diagnosed with renal (or kidney) lymphoma in July 2014. Luckily for Suzanne and Tanner, his cancer was found during a routine health checkup. While no pet owner wants to hear a diagnosis of cancer for their pet, finding cancer early usually means a better chance at survival. Tanner’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, said Suzanne, “couldn’t have gone any better than it did.”
Lea Kachler-Leake knows what it’s like to suddenly lose a dog to cancer not just once, but several times over. Lea’s lost six dogs of her own to cancer. She also knows dogs she has tenderly fostered that later succumbed to this disease. “In my many years of rescue, I’ve lost fosters to cancer” Lea said. “Dogs I’ve placed for adoption have died of cancer. I own a pet- sitting business and more of my clients’ pets than I care to count have died of this horrendous disease. I’m so tired of it.”
There are few of us who have not been touched by cancer in our lifetime. Cancer is a leading cause of death and illness in people, but many of us don’t realize that cancer also accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year.
When we started recruiting dogs for our Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, we were just a little bit worried. We had a goal of enrolling 3,000 dogs to make sure the study was scientifically strong. But would that many Golden Retriever owners be willing to sign up for a study that required a commitment of, quite literally, their dog’s lifetime?
Creeping up on African buffalo to monitor their health is no easy task; they are big, formidably armed, and don’t take kindly to strangers; but it can be a piece of cake compared to finding funding for wildlife health research.
Morris Animal Foundation is excited to continue our fight against pet cancer by launching year two of our Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign! Cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of death in dogs and cats worldwide. And for many of us, we want to do all we can to help our pets live a healthier tomorrow.
One word describes this year’s San Diego K9 Cancer Walk–commitment! Despite cold and rainy weather, many passionate pet parents took a stand against canine cancer to raise more than $55,000 to help Morris Animal Foundation provide longer, healthier, cancer-free lives for dogs.
“Paxton had so much energy and was so happy,” Paula chuckles as she remembers her handsome Standard Poodle. “He would run around the yard in circles, making figure eights, around the trees and bushes, barking and biting up grass tossing it up in the air. He made us laugh so hard.” Sometimes something comes into our life and it is just meant to be. For Jeff and Paula Barker of San Diego, that special something was Paxton.
There are about 36 different species of wild cats around the world. Although larger wild cats, such as lions, attract most of the attention, more than 80 percent of wild cat species are actually small wild cats, some weighing in at less than 3 pounds.
When most people open their homes and hearts to new pets, they expect years of friendship. But for Jan and Jim Hitchborn, long-term companionship isn’t always guaranteed. In fact, these longtime animal rescue volunteers are often the first people called when an animal that isn’t adoptable because of health issues needs a place to call home. When others might shy away from the situation, the Hitchborns face it head on.
To dog-lovers, dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. So when canine cancer claims a victim, a whole family suffers. One in four dogs will battle this disease in their lifetime, with half of them dying long before their time. In response, The Orvis Company announced today that Orvis customers have raised over a million dollars for canine cancer research through the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. All funds raised have benefited Morris Animal Foundation’s efforts to prevent, treat and cure the disease.
Nearly 100 million pet cats live in the United States, and many households have more than one furry feline. February celebrates those cats with National Cat Health Month. Of course, at Morris Animal Foundation, it’s always cat health month.
Sitting from my office desk and peering at my colleagues busily working away, I smile thinking about the meaningful work we each contribute to every day. Staff members at Morris Animal Foundation come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we have something very special in common: We are all striving to create a better and brighter future for the animals we love.
Cancer poses a very serious threat to all of our pets. Six million new pet cancer diagnoses are made every year, and countless families have experienced the devastating effects of this deadly disease, including Adin Perl, team captain of Cancer Bites! (Friends of V.S.H.).
With only 28 days, February marks the shortest month on the calendar. It also marks the observance of National Cat Health Month, a month-long celebration of feline wellness and health— two things Morris Animal Foundation values dearly.