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K9 Cancer Walk turns Los Gatos into Las Perras for a day

April 22, 2015

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.

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Unite to Fight: Checkups Save Lives

April 13, 2015

“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.”

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Let’s not lose one more “heart” dog to cancer

April 10, 2015

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.”

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“City of Cats” puts on its running shoes for canine cancer

March 27, 2015

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.

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Meet Chloe: hero dog #3000

March 24, 2015

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?

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South Africa, a Long Way From Oregon

March 18, 2015

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.

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Kicking Off Year Two of Our Unite to Fight Against Pet Cancer

March 10, 2015

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.

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San Diegans “Commit” to Fight Canine Cancer

March 5, 2015

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.

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The Study’s Top Five Fun Facts for March

March 4, 2015

The “Golden State” has pulled ahead of the home team—California is a nose ahead with 265 dogs enrolled and Colorado is chasing their tails at 245 enrolled dogs.

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Paxton, Our Heart Dog

February 20, 2015

“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.

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Gearing Up to Learn More About Canine Cancer

February 19, 2015

Dr. Katy Hazzard laughs as she talks about the long route she took to get to Falmouth Veterinary Hospital in Falmouth, Maine, from her childhood home of Idaho.

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Helping Wild Cats Live All ‘Nine’ Lives

February 17, 2015

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.

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The Hitchborns: Loyal Friends to Friends in Need

February 12, 2015

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.

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The Orvis Company and Orvis Customers Raise a Million Dollars for Canine Cancer Research

February 11, 2015

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.

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It’s Always Cat Health Month at the Foundation

February 10, 2015

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.

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Watch and Learn: Kidney Webinar Available Now

February 10, 2015

Join Dr. Kelly Diehl for an informative half-hour presentation on a disease that affects many of our dogs, cats and even horses.

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Staff Members Make a Difference, One Month at a Time

February 4, 2015

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.

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San Diego Dog Lover Takes a Bite Out of Cancer

February 3, 2015

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.).

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Let’s Celebrate National Cat Health Month, Right Meow!

February 2, 2015

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.

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South Florida Outshines Canine Cancer

January 29, 2015

Sunday was a day for dogs! For the third year in a row, South Florida dog lovers gathered for the annual K9 Cancer Walk to benefit Morris Animal Foundation.

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