DENVER/April 26, 2023 – Morris Animal Foundation on Wednesday announced that Petco Love and Blue Buffalo have donated $100,000 as a matching gift to support the Foundation’s Stop Cancer Furever campaign — an initiative that will support animal cancer research, including studies seeking novel preventives, diagnostics and treatments.
The donation from Petco Love and Blue Buffalo will be used to match donor gifts during the Stop Cancer Furever campaign, which runs May 1 through June 30. Pet owners and animal lovers can learn more and donate to the campaign here.
“We are grateful to Petco Love and Blue Buffalo for their continued partnership in the fight against animal cancer,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation President and CEO. “Far too many pets suffer from the devastating effects of this disease, and the generous matching gift will allow us to keep funding cutting-edge research to advance veterinary cancer science for our beloved companion animals and wildlife.”
Each year, more than 12 million pets in the United States alone are diagnosed with cancer. It is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, and a leading cause of death in cats. Since 1962, Morris Animal Foundation has invested nearly $40 million in more than 300 cancer studies, and continues to make strides against the disease, thanks to generous donor support.
Since 2010, Petco Love and Blue Buffalo have partnered to raise funds supporting cancer research at Morris Animal Foundation, donating more than $7 million toward canine and feline cancer research to date.
“We know pets are family, and too many pet parents are facing the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “We are proud to support the work being done through Morris Animal Foundation in furthering animal cancer research to save pets’ lives, and further Petco Love’s mission of making pet families closer, stronger and healthier.”
“Blue Buffalo’s founders know the impact of pet cancer all too well as their family dog, Blue, suffered three bouts of this devastating disease. In honor of Blue, we are committed to raising awareness and supporting critical research to help find a cure,” said Haley Perry, Senior Manager of Consumer Activation at Blue Buffalo. “Morris Animal Foundation’s work is getting us all closer to ending pet cancer and in the meantime, positively impacting so many pets and pet parents. We will continue to raise awareness and help educate pet parents until this disease is eradicated.”
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $149 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.
About Petco Love
Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $350 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.7 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.
Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Join us. Visit petcolove.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.
About Blue Buffalo
Blue Buffalo, the country’s #1 natural pet food, started with a promise made to a lovable Airedale named Blue who struggled with cancer, #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. His family, the Bishops, wanted to feed him the best food possible, so they searched for food with high-quality ingredients, but decided to create something even better – natural pet food for dogs and cats with nutritious ingredients, real meat first, and some of the highest standards in the industry. Since Day 1, BLUE’s team of veterinarians and animal nutritionists have carefully selected high-quality, natural ingredients and upheld its True BLUE Promise to dog and cat pet parents – real meat as the first ingredient with NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, NO corn, wheat or soy, and NO artificial flavors or preservatives. The result is a portfolio of high-quality, natural food and treats that both dogs and cats love. This simple idea: “Love them like family. Feed them like family.” lives on today in every Blue Buffalo recipe.
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