Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Announce $2.35M in Pet Ca

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
A lot of lifesaving, innovative research can be had with $2.35 million! Thanks to Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo, this funding in 2016 will support research and treatment initiatives at top U.S. universities.

That’s a huge chunk of change – and it’s all going to fight cancer in pets! Supporting pet cancer research and treatment initiatives, Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation’s generous donation of $2.35 million brings the total amount invested to $9 million since the pet cancer initiative partnership began in 2010.

“With cancer being the number one disease-related cause of pet death, this is an issue which truly hits home for a number of pet families,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This year, we are particularly encouraged by the inspiring work that our grant recipients are doing at universities, research centers and foundations across the country to help support pets and families impacted by this disease.”

Related: The National Canine Cancer Foundation: Dedicated To Finding A Cure

This year, $1.75 million of funding will go towards pet cancer research efforts underway at the Morris Animal Foundation, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Animal Cancer Foundation.

As if that news wasn’t good enough, $1.05 million is being invested as part of a multi-year university partnership to support pet cancer treatment initiatives. This means that owners who wouldn’t have been able to pay for their pet’s cancer treatment can now receive subsidized support through the establishment of a “Petco Foundation & Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Support Fund.” The universities and foundations involved in this initiative include:

  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Other recipients including Riedel and Cody Fund, Magic Bullet Fund, FACE Foundation, and Pet Partners

This funding goes beyond pets – some of the research initiatives will provide broader context for the way we approach cancer treatments in human patients.

Related: New Canine Cancer Research Findings Could Benefit People

“The Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor program helps save homeless dogs with mammary tumors while at the same time advancing research on mammary tumors and breast cancer to benefit both dogs and women with this disease,” said Dr. Karin Sorenmo, Professor, Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women represent a major cause of illness and premature death in those affected throughout the world. Only through research can we change this, and this generous investment from the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation will help further our efforts to the benefit of families impacted by cancer.”

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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