Morris Animal Foundation, the leader in advancing animal health, will launch its fifth annual Unite to Fight Animal Cancer campaign on Monday, March 26. The two-month campaign, which ends May 31, raises funds for research that will lead to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose earlier and treat animal cancers. Gifts can be made and more information can be found at Unite to Fight Animal Cancer.
Cancer is a disease that impacts animals everywhere. In dogs and cats, cancer accounts for nearly half of all disease-related deaths each year, with approximately 11 million new diagnoses made annually. Since 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has funded more than 300 cancer studies, investing nearly $40 million, and continues to make strides against the disease, thanks to generous donor support.
“We are asking people to not only join us in our fight, but imagine a world where all cancers are treatable and more cures possible,” said Tiffany Grunert, Acting President/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. “This is a vicious disease that is seen in the pets we love and the wild animals we admire and with the help of our supporters we can change that.”
With almost 70 years of cancer research to date, Morris Animal Foundation funding has led to numerous breakthroughs and advancements in cancer care, including:
- Improved cancer surgery imaging for complete surgical removal of tumors in cats and dogs, improving both treatment decisions and decreasing incidence of tumor recurrence
- Testing of a canine melanoma vaccine, now confirmed safe and effective in horses with melanoma, providing an effective treatment for a devastating cancer in horses
- Clinical trials for promising treatments for osteosarcoma, a devastating cancer in dogs, that give hope for improving outcomes for patients
- Advances in the understanding of viral cancers in domestic cats and wildlife that have helped in the development of prevention protocols and treatments, including vaccine development for feline leukemia virus
The Blue Buffalo Foundation is once again partnering with Morris Animal Foundation in the fight against cancer, with a dollar-for-dollar gift match, up to $75,000, until the end of the campaign on May 31.
In addition to raising funds for cancer research, Morris Animal Foundation will provide pet owners and animal lovers free downloadable cancer prevention checklists. The Foundation also will share stories of donors who lost their pets to the disease and learn why those owners support the Foundation and the Unite to Fight Animal Cancer campaign.