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October 27, 2022 – As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, we’re looking back and honoring the valued partners and supporters that have made it all possible.

In 1970, the precursor organization of the Golden Retriever Foundation® (GRF) made its first gift to Morris Animal Foundation’s general research program. This gift initiated a partnership that has now spanned more than 50 years!

The Golden Retriever Foundation, founded in 1997, increased its commitment to Morris Animal Foundation in 2004. From 2004 to 2021, the GRF invested over $1.2M in 32 canine health studies, including an annual donation of $50,000 for 10 years earmarked for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

“All golden retriever lovers hope the analysis of the Study data and samples will help us understand what will improve our dogs’ health,” said John Cotter, President of the Golden Retriever Foundation. “I anticipate that the results will suggest areas of additional health research that will benefit not only golden retrievers but dogs of all breeds.”

Funding from the GRF has helped support our Veterinary Student Scholars program as well as numerous investigators studying important canine health concerns such as orthopedic disease, heart disease and inherited cataracts. The GRF also provided crucial early support for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study by assisting in recruitment and publicity.

“Our working relationship is thriving because of mutual support, cooperation and the shared mission of improving the health of dogs,” said Cotter.

We’re grateful for the trust the GRF has placed with us and their commitment to funding innovative science that benefits dogs and their people. And we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries together!