Saturday was a day for the dogs! Nearly 150 passionate Indianapolis-area dog lovers rallied to fight canine cancer last weekend during the 2014 Indy K9 Cancer Walk at Eagle Creek Park. The event raised nearly $15,000 to help Morris Animal Foundation–funded scientists better understand why our pets develop cancer.
One might not expect these historically active animals to have weight issues, but just as it has in our household pets, obesity has become a significant problem in companion horses. Some statistics suggest that up to 50 percent of horses are now obese.
Are environmental contaminants affecting the health of city-dwelling birds or of the fish in our lakes, rivers and streams? Why are koalas getting cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia? What is causing the banded mongoose in Botswana’s Chobe National Park to die in record numbers? These are just a few of the wildlife health questions researchers hope to answer with funding from Morris Animal Foundation.
Last month, dog lovers from around Knoxville gathered for the annual PetSafe Black Tie & Tails Gala benefiting Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping pets enjoy longer, healthier lives. The dog-friendly event raised more than $40,000 and brought out many furry friends dressed in their finest while their pet parents mixed and mingled all while raising funds for canine cancer research.
The critically endangered North Atlantic right whale is a coastal-dwelling species that holds an important place in the history of our country. It was reduced to near extinction through commercial whaling because it was the “right” whale to harvest for its abundant oil. Fewer than 500 remain and they continue to be threatened by encounters with humans, exposure to disease outbreaks and environmental toxins. Boat strikes and entanglements in fishing gear also put these massive creatures at risk when they migrate between calving grounds in the southern Atlantic to northern feeding grounds that range from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to the Bay...
I’m writing today while Bridger, my 16-month-old furry child, is lying on my feet. Bridger is an enthusiastic, unapologetic ball of energy and joy, all contained in a beautiful Golden Retriever body. And, even though he doesn’t know it, he is a hero for all dogs. Bridger is a participant in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which enters its third year in September.
Friends and I were recently brought together to celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Though he had lived a full and loving life, it was cut short because of cancer. Looking around the room, I saw a friend who wept with tears because his mother is being treated for the same disease, and another friend who sat back sadly because her four-legged “child” had recently been diagnosed with this deadly disease...
The day began just like any other when Chris and Karen Codington turned on their television to watch the morning news. A local shelter happened to be airing an adopt-a-pet news segment, and the Codingtons quickly found themselves drawn to the screen and to the adorable, caramel-colored puppy that desperately needed a home. Before they knew it, their family grew to three, with the new addition of Kasey, an 11-week-old Canaan dog.
Cats are masters at hiding illness, so even the most subtle changes can indicate a serious health problem, including cancer. Cats with illness may show few, if any, clinical signs until it has progressed to the advanced stages. The importance of early detection and routine preventive care are critical to keeping your cat healthy.
Beginning in 2005, Morris Animal Foundation launched the Veterinary Student Scholars Program, which encourages veterinary students to pursue research careers. The program provides students with summer stipends so they can focus entirely on a project of their own design, while working with a mentor at their respective veterinary colleges.
We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Did you know it also takes a village to save a species from extinction? Groups of skilled researchers, wildlife managers and government officials working together with organizations, such as Morris Animal Foundation are all needed to ensure species survival. The Javan rhinoceros is one such species that needs help from the research village.
Dog lovers in Indianapolis are gearing up for the Indy K9 Cancer Walk on Saturday, September 13, at Eagle Creek Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit Morris Animal Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance veterinary medicine for animals. Registration is now open at www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org/indywalk. All animal lovers are encouraged to join.
Audrey is currently participating in a Morris Animal Foundation training program that helps aspiring veterinary oncology researchers pursue new avenues in veterinary cancer care at Colorado State University. Her journey to this program began 10 years ago after her first child, Aidan, was born with a rare but fatal birth defect.
You can learn a lot about about an organization by combing through its’ historical archives. We know that Morris Animal Foundation today is a global leader in funding animal health studies, but what was our role 66 years ago when we first began?
Susan Marie runs a small Golden Retriever rescue and says she’s been rescuing all kinds of animals pretty much since she could walk. Other than one recent 6-month period over the past 40 years, she says, “I have never been without a Golden since my first.”
No other species is closer to humans than the chimpanzee, which shares 95 to 98 percent of our genetic blueprint. Like us, they live in family units and create complex social communities. Also like us, their close interactions with one another can lead to illness.
In May 2013, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Lily, had been diagnosed with oral cancer. As the family struggled to come to terms with Lily’s diagnosis, their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, died suddenly six weeks later from hemangiosarcoma. Lily spiraled into a deep depression and succumbed to her disease on September 11, less than three months after Max’s passing.