DENVER/July 31, 2020 – Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, is kicking off its fourth annual National Dog Day campaign to raise funds for canine health research, helping dogs everywhere have healthier lives.
National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26 but, thanks to the generosity of a dog-loving donor, donations received now through the end of August will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, to support canine health.
“While many of us dog lovers think every day should be National Dog Day, we’re focusing our fundraising efforts for a full month to give dogs the longest, healthiest lives we can,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation President and CEO. “Dogs enrich our lives so much and they deserve the best care we can provide. We hope dog lovers everywhere will support us.”
During the campaign, Morris Animal Foundation will share stories from its dog-loving donors and tips on how to keep dogs happy and healthy.
Since 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 1,000 studies that have tackled major canine health threats such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infectious diseases. Below are just a few active studies where researchers are:
- Designing a vaccine for heartworm, a deadly parasitic infection
- Investigating cancers and exposure to environmental chemicals
- Developing a rapid bedside test to quickly assess the severity of neural injuries to better inform treatment decisions
- Evaluating an imaging technique to help diagnose the spread of cancer to lymph nodes in malignant head and neck tumors
The Foundation also runs the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study — one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive prospective canine health investigations ever conducted. Now beginning its ninth year, the Study aims to identify nutritional, environmental, lifestyle and genetic risk factors for cancer and other canine diseases by following the lives of more than 3,000 golden retrievers around the country.
Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $155 million in studies to date across a broad range of species.
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.