AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Three New Canine Cancer Grants


Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4019
E-mail: sharon.albright@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (May 1, 2023) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month each May to highlight the impact of its funded canine cancer research. Already in 2023, CHF has awarded three new grants to study canine lymphoma, anal sac carcinoma, and bone cancer.

Cancer remains a major concern for dog owners and veterinary professionals. Therefore, approximately one quarter of CHF’s active research portfolio is usually dedicated to studies exploring more accurate diagnostic tests and new treatments for canine cancer. Since 1995, CHF and its donors have invested more than $17.7 million to study cancer at the molecular level, conduct clinical trials for new treatments, and understand how the immune system interacts with cancer cells.

The newly awarded research grants are:

“CHF invests heavily in research to better understand canine cancer, which is so often a devastating and heartbreaking disease,” says Dr. J. Charles Garvin, Chairman of the CHF Board of Directors. “In addition to helping our dogs live longer, healthier lives, this research often provides insight into similar human cancers. We know that both ends of the leash benefit when we work together to fight cancer, giving us more time with our beloved dogs.”

These studies are part of CHF’s $4.8 million research portfolio of active canine cancer grants. To learn more about the Foundation’s commitment to canine cancer research, including educational resources and ways to participate in canine cancer research, please visit akcchf.org/caninecancer.


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About CHF
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $67.5 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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