Grant will help pet owners defray the cost of cancer treatments

As part of a long-standing partnership with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo have renewed a grant that subsidizes the cost of cancer treatments for dogs and cats.

The two-year, $150,000 grant is part of the “Petco Foundation & Blue Buffalo Cancer Treatment Support Fund,” available at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals to owners who otherwise could not afford the cost of treating pets diagnosed with cancer. Since partnering with Cornell in 2010 to combat pet cancer, the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo have provided $500,000 to Cornell for treatment and research, assisting 136 families thus far.

“Many pets greatly benefit from radiation and chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis, but affording treatment can be difficult for some owners,” said Dr. Meg Thompson, director of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals. “We are grateful to the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo for a grant that alleviates a large portion of this stress during an already challenging time for clients.”

“Pet cancer touches more and more families each year, which is why we, along with Blue Buffalo, are committed to helping pet owners afford treatment for their beloved pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We’re encouraged by the strides experts in the veterinary oncology field are making and we are committed to supporting their efforts to find lifesaving pet cancer treatments so our pets live longer lives by our sides.”""

“Our partnerships with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the Petco Foundation embodies our philosophy of giving back and supporting leading efforts to help find a cure for this terrible disease affecting dogs and cats,” said David Petrie, vice president of Blue Buffalo.

More information about patient assistance at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals is available online.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

About Blue Buffalo Company 

Blue Buffalo, based in Wilton, CT, is the nation's leading natural pet food company, providing natural foods and treats for dogs and cats under its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. Paying tribute to its founding mission, Blue Buffalo is a leading sponsor of critical research studies of pet cancer, including causes, treatments and the role of nutrition, at leading veterinary medical schools and clinics across the United States. For more information about Blue Buffalo, visit the Company’s website at www.BlueBuffalo.com.

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