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DENVER/Dec. 7, 2023 – In effort to build a brighter, more compassionate future through their Great Giveback Days campaign, Denver-area Orvis stores have rallied $5,276 in support of Morris Animal Foundation’s critical animal health research initiatives in Colorado and beyond.   

During the month of September, Denver-area stores offered customers a 10% discount off their purchase upon donating $10 or more to Morris Animal Foundation at the register. Additionally, Foundation staff, along with participants from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and other furry companions, joined for a special in-store yappy hour event on select days of this month-long event.  

"This exceptional support from Orvis exemplifies the community’s dedication to advancing the well-being of the animals we love," said Ryan Welch, Morris Animal Foundation Interim President and CEO. "Each contribution propels us closer to our mission of saving animal lives through scientific exploration. We are immensely grateful for this collaboration, which fuels groundbreaking research to transform veterinary care globally."  

Separately from the local Great Giveback Days campaign, Orvis and Morris Animal Foundation began partnering 14 years ago through the Orvis Cover Dog Contest, which allows people to submit photos of their dogs for a chance to have them appear on the cover of the Orvis catalog. Each vote in the contest costs $1, and all proceeds go to Morris Animal Foundation's canine cancer research programs. The contest has raised more than $2 million to support critical investigations working to better diagnose, treat, and even cure canine cancer.  

About Morris Animal Foundation 
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding nearly $160 million in more than 3,000 critical animal health studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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