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DENVER/July 31, 2018 – Funds raised support the Foundation’s Groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, will launch its second annual National Dog Day campaign on Wednesday, August 1. The month-long campaign, which culminates on August 26, National Dog Day, will raise funds for the Foundation’s groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, a $32 million longitudinal study designed to identify correlations to cancer in dogs.

“Dogs play so many roles in our lives, from our personal trainers to the guardians of our homes, and they deserve the best care we can provide,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation’s Acting President and CEO. “This month, we’re asking people to remember all the reasons they love their dogs and to help us make the world a better place for them by supporting this amazing study.”

Each year, more than 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer; and cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2. While cancer care has advanced in the last three decades, the disease still takes the lives of too many dogs too early, and veterinarians and dog owners are too often faced with difficult choices.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is designed to help advance canine cancer research, as well as research into other diseases. Launched in 2012, the study is the most extensive canine health investigation of its kind ever undertaken in veterinary medicine. With the help of owners and their veterinarians, the study is gathering information and physical samples from more than 3,000 golden retrievers, throughout their lives, to identify the nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs.

For the second year, the campaign will benefit from the support of an anonymous donor who lost her beloved golden retriever, Cody, to cancer. She will generously match all gifts made to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, now through August 26.

Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the largest nonprofit foundation in the world dedicated to funding studies to improve and protect the health of companion animals and wildlife. During the last 70 years, the Foundation has invested $118 million toward more than 2,600 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org