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DENVER/October 20, 2021 – Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit leader in advancing animal health, in collaboration with the Blue Buffalo Company and Pet Valu Canada will award a $52,500 CAD (est. $41,777 USD) grant to improve treatment of cancer in cats, with a focus on intestinal lymphoma. This grant opportunity is limited to Canada-based researchers.

“Intestinal lymphoma is a serious and common cancer affecting cats,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Chief Scientific Officer. “We are grateful for the generous funding support from Blue Buffalo Company and Pet Valu, and for their long-term commitment to fighting pet cancer.”

The Foundation started accepting grant applications on October 6, 2021. The deadline for grant applications is Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 4:59 p.m. ET. Any researcher based in Canada is eligible to apply, and the project must be conducted in Canada.

Cancer is a disease that impacts animals worldwide and is the second most common cause of death for cats. Since 1962, Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 300 cancer studies, invested nearly $40 million, and continued to make strides against the disease, an effort which includes the generous support of organizations such as Blue Buffalo Company and Pet Valu.

“Blue Buffalo was founded on a promise made to a lovable Airedale named Blue who struggled with cancer, a leading cause of death in pets,” said Denise DeVeer, Canada National Accounts Manager, Blue Buffalo. “Delivering on that promise continues to be at the heart of what we do every day as we make the best pet food possible for dogs and cats with high-quality, natural ingredients and fund important research to help end the devastating effects of pet cancer.”

“The team of Animal Care Experts at Pet Valu are happy to raise awareness of and support this very meaningful cause, and we are so thankful to the Devoted Pet Lovers who helped us support the fight against pet cancers,” added Tanbir Grover, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Pet Valu.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Matthew Krecic, DVM, MS, MBA, Diplomate ACVIM, American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Elena Contreras, DVM, MS, PhD, Long Island University
  • Clare Knottenbelt, BVSc, MSc, DSAM, MRCVS, Hawk and Dove Vets
  • Melanie Dobromylskyj, BSc Vet Path (Hons), BVSc, PhD, FRCPath, FRCVS, Finn Pathologists
  • Julia Beatty, BVetMed, PhD, FANZCVSc (Feline Medicine), MANZCVSc (Feline Medicine), City University of Hong Kong
  • Rachael Thomas, PhD, FRSB, Cbiol, North Carolina State
  • Anne Avery, VMD, PhD, Colorado State University
  • Owen Davies, MA VetMB, MANZCVS (SAM), MVetMed, DECVIM-CA(Oncology), MRCVS, Highcroft Veterinary Referrals
  • Kathleen Biddle, DVM, DACVP, Pfizer

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, investing more than $142 million in over 2,800 critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

About Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo was founded on a promise to a loveable Airdale named Blue who struggled with cancer. The brand’s mission to “Love them like family. Feed them like family.” has evolved into a whole new way of feeding pets. Since its founding in 2003, Blue Buffalo has always used high-quality natural ingredients with real meat first. Never any corn, wheat or soy. And no poultry by-product meals. The result is a portfolio of high-quality, natural food and treats that both dogs and cats love.

About Pet Valu

Pet Valu is Canada’s leading retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies with over 600 corporate-owned or franchised locations across the country. For more than 40 years, Pet Valu has earned the trust and loyalty of pet parents by offering knowledgeable customer service, a premium product offering and engaging in-store services. Pet Valu’s neighborhood stores offer more than 7,000 competitively-priced products, including a broad assortment of premium, super premium, holistic and award-winning proprietary brands. To learn more, please visit: