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DENVER/August 2, 2021 – Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, kicked off its fifth annual, month-long National Dog Day campaign on August 1 to raise funds for canine health research from coast to coast, helping dogs everywhere have longer, healthier lives.

National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26 but from August 1-31, longtime, generous Foundation donors from Eagle River, Alaska, have issued the Denali Double Dog Dare matching gift challenge. They will match all gifts to support canine health research, up to a total of $75,000.

“We are so grateful to these donors, who realize how important dogs are to so many people and that they deserve the best care we can provide,” said Tiffany Grunert, Morris Animal Foundation President and CEO. “We hope others agree and that this month they will make double the difference for the dogs they love.”

Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 1,000 innovative canine studies from coast to coast since 1948. These have tackled major health threats such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and infectious diseases. Below are a handful of active studies where researchers are:

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 in its 10th 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.

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 $136 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at