Foundations donate millions to study, treat cancer in pets

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Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation logosThe Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation announced May 16 that they have donated $2.35 million to study and treat cancer in pets. The latest round of grant funding brings the total to $9 million since the foundations began raising support in 2010 to fight cancer in pets.

This year, $1.075 million will go toward research efforts at the Animal Cancer Foundation and Morris Animal Foundation as well as the Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The Penn Vet program provides care for shelter dogs with mammary tumors while advancing knowledge of breast cancer in dogs and humans.

The remaining $1.275 million is going to veterinary colleges and other organizations to subsidize cancer treatments for pets whose owners would not otherwise be able to afford the cost. The grant recipients are the veterinary colleges at Colorado State University, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Tennessee along with the Foundation for Animal Care and Education, Magic Bullet Fund, Pet Partners, and Riedel and Cody Fund.

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