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14 golden years for this truly remarkable Golden Retriever BY LIZ NAHON, DVM

After Wrigley’s initial diagnosis, she underwent surgery to amputate her affected leg and began a strict regimen of chemotherapy. Then Dawn and Steve set out to do everything they could to boost Wrigley’s immune system after her surgery. “We talked to our veterinarians and did a great deal of research and there was a huge emphasis on diet. We immediately put Wrigley on an all-natural diet and she’s been on that diet ever since,” Dawn says. Once healed from her surgery, Wrigley became a registered therapy dog. For 12 years now, she has been lifting the spirits of those who are living through the battle Wrigley once fought herself. “Being a therapy dog has been just as rewarding for Wrigley as it has been for the patients she visits. She has thrived on three legs and it has never hindered her in any way,” Dawn says. “She’s able to give patients that bolster of strength and energy from knowing that if Wrigley could do it, they can, too.” Although the odds were against her, Wrigley overcame the health challenges she faced. Sadly, though, cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 2, which means that for every success story, many more stories don’t end as well. Through our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Morris Animal Foundation hopes to change the course of veterinary medicine and to create a better and brighter future for dogs like Wrigley.

Dawn Kaufmann and her husband, Steve, never imagined the path their lives would take the day they adopted Wrigley, their now 14-year-old Golden Retriever. Dawn shares, “Wrigley definitely chose us. She sat down, right on top of my husband’s foot and looked into our eyes, and that was it. She was ours.” Just shy of Wrigley’s second birthday, Dawn noticed she had developed a limp. What was initially thought to be a harmless soft-tissue injury was later confirmed to be a devastating diagnosis of osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer that has a high likelihood of spread (metastasis) to other organs. To make matters worse, around the time of Wrigley’s diagnosis, Dawn’s mother and grandmother were both diagnosed with terminal cancers. “My world had been flipped upside down. I went from losing one person in my life, to losing another and then we had this puppy who was suddenly facing the fight of her life,” Dawn says. “But for some reason, Wrigley’s cancer diagnosis was something we felt we had a sliver of control over, and Steve and I decided to give her that fighting chance.”

“I feel very strongly in the work that Morris Animal Foundation does,” Dawn says. “When cancer struck my own fur baby, even though the odds were not in her favor for survival, the money I had contributed was going to help fund ongoing research into canine cancers. When I learned of the lifetime study for Golden Retrievers, I was so very excited. Wrigley wasn’t a candidate, but I hope that in the future, we will have a better understanding of why cancer is so prevalent and maybe someday we will be able to prevent, if not stop, certain cancers all together.” Twelve wonderful years after her surgery, Wrigley has truly defied the odds. The average survival for dogs with osteosarcoma treated with surgery and chemotherapy is about 12 months. Having celebrated her 14th birthday in January, Wrigley has certainly surpassed that statistic. “Getting to come home every day to that beautiful face is the best feeling,” Dawn says. “She’s an amazing dog and I feel so lucky that we were chosen to be her humans… our wish is for her to live forever… my hope is that we have been able to honor her and give her the best life she could possibly have.” ✢



IN THIS ISSUE 2 Your gifts at work 3 Morris Animal Foundation welcomes new chief scientific officer to lead research efforts

3 Study offers hope for horses with melanoma

4 Join us and Unite to Fight Pet Cancer 5 Pet cancer: program area update 6 Not quite a therapy dog, but lifting spirits nonetheless

7 A golden opportunity to fight canine cancer

7 Students learn lessons in cooking and giving

8 Upcoming events 8 Virtual walk brings dog lovers together against cancer

Morris Animal Foundation improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about these studies. AnimalNEWS

Volume 14 Issue 2 Spring 2014

AnimalNEWS is published four times a year by Morris Animal Foundation. 10200 East Girard Avenue Suite B430 Denver, Colorado 80231 800.243.2345

Scientists Breathe New Life into Diabetes Research Diabetes is a common disease in cats and it is thought to involve significant amounts of oxidative stress. This occurs when the body produces too many free radicals, leading to cell damage. Cats are particularly ill-equipped to handle oxidative stress. With Foundation funding, researchers at Colorado State University are conducting a clinical trial to determine whether giving cats with diabetes an antioxidant supplement would help manage their disease and possibly help them enter remission. The research team reports that owners whose cats are participating in the study are extremely enthusiastic about being part of a project that could eventually help their special family members and the cat population in general. ✢

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are extremely frustrating for owners and are potentially dangerous to pets. About 14 percent of all dogs will develop a UTI during their lifetime, and about 5 percent of these dogs will have recurrent infections. These dogs may develop more serious medical problems such as a kidney infection, which left untreated can result in kidney injury and failure. Beside the distress and risk to the dog, frequent monitoring and treatment are costly. Making the situation worse is that increased antibiotic resistance has led to the need for new treatments. Researchers at North Carolina State University are evaluating a drug commonly used to treat arthritis in dogs to see if it can also help block infection and prevent future UTIs. The clinical study is promising so far. ✢

Canine Vaccine Could Prevent Skin Cancer in Horses Researchers at Lincoln Memorial University are evaluating whether a vaccine used to treat dogs with melanoma could prevent the same cancer in horses. Melanomas comprise about 15 percent of all skin tumors in horses. Although these tumors occur in all breeds and colors of horses, grey horses are particularly susceptible and have incidence rates as high as 80 percent in older animals. In many cases, surgery to remove the tumor isn’t an option, and effective nonsurgical therapies are needed to improve survival in these patients. The vaccine therapy being studied has the potential to not only treat but also to prevent the development of equine melanomas. ✢

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Despite being large and powerfully strong, Siberian tigers are struggling for survival, and a virus transmitted from dogs isn’t helping. Canine distemper virus (CDV), which infects both domestic and wild carnivores, is a known cause of mortality in critically endangered Siberian tiger populations. Scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society are conducting the first research to understand how CDV affects the survival of tiger populations. They have developed a computer model to study CDV and are using it to guide fieldwork underway in Russia. In addition, one of the research team members was able to share protocols that will help Russian scientists and conservationists provide screening and diagnosis of CDV in an area where these capabilities previously didn’t exist. The study findings and recommendations will help biologists and decision-makers develop intervention strategies to protect Siberian tigers as well as Amur leopards. ✢

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Morris Animal Foundation welcomes new chief scientific officer to lead research efforts BY TINA MARTINEZ

From Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital to Morris Animal Foundation, Dr. Diane Brown returns to Colorado as the Foundation’s new chief scientific officer (CSO). Dr. Brown is a graduate of the veterinary school at Colorado State University. Since 2010, Dr. Brown has been working and teaching in the Department of Pathology and Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She brings a passion, knowledge and specific tie to Morris Animal Foundation that not many share. Immediately after graduating veterinary school, Dr. Brown served as an associate veterinarian at Raritan Hospital for Animals in Edison, New Jersey. Raritan Animal Hospital was established in 1929 by Morris Animal Foundation’s founder, the late Dr. Mark Morris Sr., who was a Colorado native. “I arrived at the main hospital in Edison, a long way from my home in Colorado, and the journey began,” says Dr. Brown. “I already was aware Dr. Mark Morris developed his first

prescription diets at Raritan Hospital for Animals, and thus revolutionized nutritional management of disease in pets.” Dr. Brown’s experience in veterinary medicine is broad and includes small animal and exotic animal clinical practice, clinical pathology residency and graduate training in pathology, large pharmaceutical and small biotechnology research and development, and academic research and teaching. “Diane has the perfect combination of people and technical skills to take this Foundation’s scientific programs, already at the top of the field, to the next level,” says Dr. David Haworth, president/CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. “She is a tremendous person and scientist, and we could not be more pleased that she will be joining us.” The CSO at Morris Animal Foundation manages three departments: extramural health studies, the intramural Canine Lifetime Health Project, and veterinary outreach and scientific communications. Dr. Brown joined Morris Animal Foundation in late February. ✢

Study offers hope for horses with melanoma B Y K E L LY D I E H L , D V M , M S , D I P L . A C V I M ( S m a l l A n i m a l M e d i c i n e )

The tumor starts like so many skin cancers do: a small black bump on the skin. It is easy to overlook, since it isn’t irritating, oozing or interfering with movement. Slowly, the tumor grows, but much of the growth occurs below the skin. Over time the tumor is noted but doesn’t seem a cause for concern; if it is growing so slowly, how could it be a problem? Then one day, doctors discover the tumor is much bigger than previously thought and has spread throughout the body. Most people would recognize this tumor as a melanoma, one of the most common and deadly skin cancers in people. This particular scenario, however, takes place on the skin of a horse. For many years, horse owners and equine veterinarians

thought melanomas on horses were benign growths causing few problems. These tumors are now recognized to be much more aggressive, and many horses die or are euthanized because of this type of cancer. A study funded by Morris Animal Foundation offers hope for horses that suffer from this deadly skin cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Phillips, of Lincoln Memorial University, injected skin melanomas on horses with an anti-melanoma vaccine originally designed for use in dogs. He was able to show dramatic shrinkage of the skin tumors on all horses treated, and none of his patients experienced serious side effects. Dr. Phillips’ preliminary results have created a buzz in the horse community, and horses around the United States as well as worldwide are already benefitting from his findings. ✢


Join us and Unite to Fight Pet Cancer! What we believe is simple: Every pet deserves a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, this isn’t reality today. The most heartbreaking words any pet owner can hear is “your pet has cancer.” Cancer ends the lives of more dogs and cats than any other disease. One in two dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime, as will one in five cats. Morris Animal Foundation has been fighting this disease for many years, but there is still not enough research around preventing and treating pet cancer. Morris Animal Foundation is already a global leader in funding animal health science, but we want to do more. This is why we are asking you to Unite to Fight. With your support, we can expand the reach and scope of the pet cancer studies that we fund. This special pet cancer issue of AnimalNEWS is dedicated to providing you with the most recent

information about our research, progress and incredible stories of hope. You can also visit our website, for more information about our efforts. You are an important part of this fight. Our friends at the Blue Buffalo Company have stepped up to help, too. Each year, they launch a Pet Cancer Awareness campaign at Petco stores, and donations received at checkout are directed toward Morris Animal Foundation’s pet cancer initiatives. This year, in addition to their amazing in-store support, Blue Buffalo will match every dollar Morris Animal Foundation receives between now and June 30, 2014, up to $50,000. Please consider a gift today to have it go twice as far with our match. Please make sure your gift is made online or postmarked before June 30, 2014. ✢

Visit us at for more information about our efforts.


Pet cancer: program area update BY HEIDI JETER

HOW YOU CAN HELP Donate to Fight

For a short time, the Blue Buffalo Company will double the chances of eliminating pet cancer by matching all donations up to $50,000.

Walk to Fight Cancer is the No. 1 disease in pets older than 2 years of age, which is why pet cancer is one of Morris Animal Foundation’s eight program areas. The Foundation has funded hundreds of cancer studies that have led to more effective treatments, better diagnostic tools and identification of genetic risk factors—all of which are helping owners and veterinarians prevent and treat cancer in pets. With 33 active cancer studies receiving Foundation funding in 2014, our commitment to beating pet cancer is stronger than ever. Research ranges from analyzing basic science and genetics to conducting clinical trials of potential treatments to training of new scientists. Advances in cancer treatment require well-trained clinician scientists who can lead research programs. A lead gift from an anonymous donor allowed the Foundation to make a $1 million commitment in 2005, which helped start the Animal Cancer Center’s Cancer Biology Program at Colorado State University. This program trains veterinarians pursuing PhDs in cancer biology. Admittance to the program is highly competitive, and only 11 students have been admitted. Two have completed their PhD degrees and two will complete their degree requirements within the next several months. Demonstrating the significance of a program like this, one of the students in her final year of the Cancer Biology Program received a Fellowship Training Grant from the Foundation last year. With this funding, she is looking at the role obesity may play in precancerous processes. She is evaluating the effects of black and navy beans on inflammatory biomarkers, gut hormone expression and metabolism in overweight dogs undergoing weight loss. The results will provide insight into how eating these beans can reduce obesity in dogs. The goal of her research is to reduce the risk of cancer in dogs by using dietary interventions that inhibit metabolic and inflammatory pathways associated with the development of cancer. Interesting research is also being conducted in the area of feline cancer. In a previous pilot study, Foundation-funded

Unite together and walk your dog in our worldwide virtual event on June 22 to raise money for more cancer research. Sign up today.

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Receive a free information kit to help you detect cancer in your pets early for the best chance of successful treatment and recovery. To get involved, visit

researchers discovered a new strain of feline herpesvirus that may be linked to lymphoma. They are now working to develop blood tests for detecting this new herpesvirus in cats. They will then use the results of these tests to determine the prevalence of the virus in cats in the United States and to evaluate potential risk factors for infection. They will also assess whether infection with this herpesvirus is associated with common cancers of cats. The study will provide critical information about this newly discovered potential disease agent and has the potential to lead to new vaccines or treatments for currently untreatable conditions in cats. ✢

Your Gifts at Work for Pet Cancer


T ypes of Cancer Being Studied


 ctive Studies in A Program Area


New CancerRelated Studies Approved for FY14


Universities Funded


Not quite a therapy dog, but lifting spirits nonetheless BY D I A N A S PA R ROW

Halle, a 9-month-old red Golden Retriever, loves stuffed toys, never stops wagging her tail and cannot get enough of the snow, which is quite copious in her upstate New York hometown. In fact, snow played a part in her serendipitous journey to the Boonville, New York, home of Roger and Diana Sparrow. During a snowmobile ride last winter, Roger happened to stop at a local sledders’ hangout, whose owners are longtime Golden breeders. In a happy coincidence, a new litter was on its way. The pups were born March 31, 2013, and several weeks later, tiny Halle—the runt—arrived at her new home. Never having had a Golden, the Sparrows quickly grew to love Halle’s gentle personality and amusing antics. Not long after Halle’s arrival, Diana read an online article about Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Having lost one dog to cancer and another to cardiomyopathy, she saw the study as an important opportunity to help new generations of dogs and their humans. After securing the cooperation of their vet Dr. Charles Allen at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville, New York, a Golden owner himself, Halle was enrolled in the study as the 1,000th Golden! Halle has begun obedience training and in time, Diana would like to see her become a reading therapy dog. For now, her most important role is keeping company with Max, the Sparrows’ 12 ½-year-old yellow Lab. After the death of the Sparrows’ Doberman 2 ½ years ago, Max—who had been Baxter’s constant companion for 10 years—developed depression and severe separation anxiety, which ultimately required medication. The Sparrows tried a few times to introduce other dogs to Max, but he wasn’t having it. That is, until Halle arrived and insisted they just had to be friends. Now BFFs, Halle’s puppyish exuberance has given Max a new lease on life. Although he is battling several health issues, he still enjoys attending summer ballgames, “going bye-bye” in the car and trooping through the snow, all with Halle at his side. 6

Halle, a 9-month-old red Golden Retriever was enrolled in the study as the 1,000th Golden!

Halle, whose name is short for hallelujah, was born on Easter Sunday. And although they were not actively looking for another dog, the Sparrows firmly believe Halle is a gift who entered their lives at just the right time—it was meant to be. ✢

Become a Golden Volunteer Would you like to do more to support Morris Animal Foundation’s groundbreaking Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? Become a Golden Volunteer! Golden Volunteers are needed throughout the contiguous United States to help us promote the study at a grassroots level. Our Golden Volunteers use their unique talents to help us make this study a success. Volunteer efforts play an integral part in the fight against canine cancer and offer hope for a healthier future for dogs worldwide. Learn more today at become-a-golden-volunteer

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a groundbreaking, long-term study that is enrolling 3,000 young and healthy purebred Golden Retrievers from the contiguous United States and observing them throughout their lives. To learn more about the study, visit

A golden opportunity to fight canine cancer Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest study ever undertaken to improve canine health, is monitoring 3,000 Golden Retrievers to help find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat canine cancer in not only Goldens but all breeds of dogs.

Help us become 3,000 Goldens strong. Register your dog today at

Students learn lessons in cooking and giving Earlier this year, Morris Animal Foundation received a generous donation of $233 from the students, families and staff of Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The funds were raised through Tuck’s Biscuits, a program in which Golden Retriever Tuck teaches children about harmful and safe foods for dogs through a kid’s culinary workshop. The students then made “Tuck’s Biscuits” to give to their families and friends in exchange for a donation.

Our hearts are full of thanks to Michelle Losardo and the students, families and staff at Monsignor Gadoury School for their generous donation!

Michelle Losardo, the school principal and creator of the program and the book Tuck’s Biscuits, lost Tuck unexpectedly to cancer at age 6 in March 2013. He was the second Golden Retriever she had lost to cancer. Michelle and her students are proud to support Morris Animal Foundation’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign and the Foundation’s pursuit to discover why dogs get cancer. You can join the efforts at: ✢



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Unite to Fight Virtual Pet Walk • Register online • June 22 Morris Animal Foundation Dinner of Hope • Denver, CO • June 27 Lymphoma webinar • Register online • August 20 Indy K9 Cancer Walk • Indianapolis, IN • September 13 Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk • Knoxville, TN • September 21 Elk Grove K9 Cancer Walk • Elk Grove, CA • October 12

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Virtual walk brings dog lovers together against cancer



David Haworth, DVM, PhD, President/CEO Dan Reed, Chief Development Officer John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP,

Kelly J. Diehl, DVM, MS, DIPL. ACVIM (Small Animal Medicine); Leslie Hansen, Heidi Jeter, Tina Martinez; Liz Nahon, DVM, Diana Sparrow


Stanley Teeter, DVM, Chair of the Board Colin Giles, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS, Treasurer Amy Hunkeler, DVM, DACVO, Corporate Secretary Hugh Lewis, BVMS, MRCVS, DACVP, Vice Chair


board members

Prema Arasu, PhD, DVM, MBA Deborah Davenport, DVM, MS, DACVIM Jim Dickie Robin A. Downing, DVM, CVA, DAAPM Susan Giovengo, DVM, PhD, MA, BS James Kutsch Jr., PhD Patrick Long, DVM Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD Bette Morris, PhD Cynthia Morris David Morris Janice Peterson David Petrie Dominic Travis, DVM, MS Cheryl Wagner

presidents emeriti Betty White Ludden Tom Sullivan

trustees emeriti

Eve Anderson G. Marvin Beeman, DVM Erik Bergishagen Lewis Berman, DVM R. Anthony Chamberlin Mrs. Robert V. Clark, Jr. Robert Detterman Sue Ane Langdon Emrek Lester Fisher, DVM Murray Fowler, DVM Richard Gebhardt

Alan Kalter Arlene Klein Daniel Marsh, Jr. Dayle Marsh Dennis Murphy Peter Rhulen Ken Rosenthal Mary Silkworth


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Lisa Dowell of San Jose, California, believes that when people come together, their collective efforts grow exponentially greater. As a Morris Animal Foundation volunteer for the K9 Cancer Walks since August 2010, Lisa has experienced firsthand the power of uniting together for a cause. “The whole reason I got involved with Morris Animal Foundation is that I was in a coffee shop and I saw a poster for an upcoming K9 Cancer Walk. The poster really caught my eye, and I thought to myself how cool it was that there would be a walk for canine cancer research,” Lisa says. “One month later, my own Lab, Xanadu, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.” Her mind kept going back to the poster, so in the midst of Xanadu’s treatment, Lisa called the number on the poster and got involved to make a difference. “I knew from my past experience as the special events manager for the Alzheimer’s Association that walks bring people with similar life experiences together and when they come together, they’re just joyful,” Lisa says. “There’s a sense of community, and you no longer feel like you’re doing this alone. I knew that the K9 Cancer Walk would be no different.” Sadly, like all too many furry companions, Xanadu lost his fight with the disease in April 2011. Morris Animal Foundation believes that no one should lose their best friend to cancer. This is why we will host the Unite to Fight Virtual Pet Walk as part of our Unite to Fight Pet Cancer campaign. On June 22, 2014, participants around the world can join together to honor their pets that have fought cancer and to support pet cancer research through Morris Animal Foundation. Despite her loss, Lisa remains steadfast in her involvement. “Honestly, I continue on in Xanadu’s memory,” she says. “It’s something I can do to actively fight back and be alongside those who are going through what I went through with my dog. The walks give me a sense of empowerment and a feeling that I am going to make a difference.” Join the movement and make the pledge to Unite to Fight Pet Cancer on June 22. To sign up and start fundraising today, please visit: ✢







Special animals that have touched their families’ lives Beloved Black Labrador

Family: The Stewart Family Donor: Robert & Sherry Stewart


Beloved Coton de Tulear

Family: Sarah Miller & Rob Di Liddo Donor: One Sky Foundation, Inc.


Beloved Cat

Family: Diane Beth Jolliffe


Beloved Dog

Beloved Dog

Family: Shanna Wilson Donor: Lois Del Negro


Beloved Beagle

Family: The Heaster, Ritter & O’Bryan Families Donor: Brenda Heaster & Keith Ritter

XOCHITL (Boo-boo)

Family: John Unger Donor: Penny Carlson

Beloved Cat

Family: The Morris Family Donor: Mary Morris & Amy Morris


SIMBA Beloved Boston Terrier

Beloved Little Buddy

Family: James & Amanda Mathiesen Donor: Robert & Theresa Mathiesen

Family: Melissa McCalister Donor: Jill & Bill McCalister


SULLY Beloved Golden. Forever Remembered, forever missed.

Beloved Cat

Family: Ellen & Jack Proodian Donor: Meredith Hall & Family


Family: Melinda Vinicor & Family


Beloved Pets

Family: Lorrie & Tom Molloy Donor: The Stowers-Soule Family

Beloved Dog

Family: The Myers-Stein Family Donor: Angela, Deb L, Eileen, Michele, Barb, Jan, Deb V. & Connie

Beloved Hackney Pony

Family: The Strelec Family Donor: The Doctors & Staff at Town & Country Animal Hospital

Beloved Dog & Companion




Beloved Cocker Spaniel

Family: Dr. & Mrs. Doug Mayers Donor: Carol S. Martin

Family: Carolyn Yamane

Family: Jim Wellendorf Donor: Tom & Bonnie Burgum

Beloved Cat

Family: Violet Gaines

Family: The Salevitz Family Donor: Dr. & Mrs. Mark Salevitz

Beloved Agility Champion & Companion Dog

Family: Robin, Molly, Utley & the kitties Donor: Molly Butler & Robin Manning



Beloved Dog

Beloved Princess

Our Beloved “Kansas Barn Cat”

Family: The Parsons Family Donor: Chuck & Linda Parsons

Beloved Dog

Family: The Duncan Family Donor: Bill & Betsy Duncan

The pets in this section were honored through qualifying donations made between December 16, 2013 through March 15, 2014. These gifts will be used to invest in science that creates a brighter world for animals. With your gift of $200 or more per pet, you can include a special pet in the “In loving memory” section of AnimalNEWS. We will do our best to include the pet’s photo when you send it along with your donation. For donations of $500 or more, a brass plate engraved with the pet’s name and his or her family’s name will also be added to the Pet Memorial Wall located in Morris Animal Foundation’s headquarters. We will also send a special commemorative keepsake to the family. For more information about tribute options–or to make your gift, visit the “Ways to Donate” section of our website and click on Memorial and Honor Gifts, or use the envelope included in AnimalNEWS.

In loving memory At Morris Animal Foundation, we understand the love between people and their pets and the significance of losing these wonderful companions. Pets are part of our families, and this section honors the special animals that have touched their families’ lives.


“Orphaned” ANNIE

Beloved Adopted Cat

Tobrass, King of the Hill aka BOOMER



Beloved German Shepherd

Beloved Companion & A Sweet Boy

Family: Deborah J. Meyer & Guido

Beloved Golden Retriever Family: Don Flynn

Family: Hilda Brown Donor: Dr. & Mrs. Arthur C. Lee




Beloved Tabby Cat

Family: Sandra Toenjes Donor: Sandra Toenjes & Friends of Finn


Family: The Bucknall Family Donor: Donna Billek

Beloved Dog

Family: Cheryl & Joe Finan Donor: Penny Carlson






Beloved Cat

Beloved Flat-Coated Retriever

Beloved Golden Retriever

Beloved Abyssinian

Family: The Mausolf Family Donor: Hank, Marjorie, David & Brian Mausolf


Beloved Collie

Family: Carol S. Martin


Family: Cindy & Stuart Stratton


Beloved Pet

Family: Richard Runkel


Family: Chuck & Wendy Sweet

LILA & ROLLIE Beloved Dogs

Family: Nan & Bruce Kent Donor: Barb, John, Brijit, Willa & Holly

Family: Ann Boisclair & Jeffrey Jens




Beloved Cat

Beloved Sweetest Dogs

Family: Diane Beth Jolliffe



Beloved Pet

Family: The Frankel Family Donor: Bob, Gene, Judy, Desti & Huey



GINGER Beloved Companion

Family: Paige Lentz Donor: Jill & Bill McCalister

Beloved Friend


Beloved Collie

Family: The Moon Family

Family: Carol S. Martin



Beloved Rottweiler

Beloved Papa’s Girl

Family: The Jordan Family Donor: David Gunzerath & Patricia Jordan

Family: Joseph & Helen Fugita


Beloved Pet

Family: Nancy Bush Donor: Noreita Kempe


Beloved Golden Retriever Family: The Griffith Family Donor: T.L. Padgett

Beloved Golden Retriever Beloved Best Friend

Family: The Young Family Donor: Amy Young

Family: The Bless Family


Beloved Dog

Family: Gina Hambrick Donor: The Zephyre Belgian Tervuren Extended Family



Beloved Family Member


Beloved Miniature Poodle

Beloved Dog

Beloved Friend & Companion Beloved Cat

Family: Jim Yeskett & Eileen Naaman

Family: Jeff & Pam Bickel Donor: Larsen & Michelle Anderson

Family: Judith Ditfurth & Family Donor: Judith Ditfurth

Ch. Kadon The Touchdown Kid “KICK”

Beloved Greyhound

Family: The Sealey Family Donor: Peggy Gracy


Family: Pamela & Arnold Loeb

Cherished Golden Retriever & Family Member Family: The Vinicors Donor: Don, Sue, Melissa & Melinda

Beloved Cat


Beloved Orange Tabby Cats Beloved Cocker Spaniel Family: Jill Humphrey & Ron Burg


Family: The Meyers Family Donor: Rob, Betsy, Abby & Claire

Beloved Dog

Family: Richard & Kathryn Marshburn

Family: Patricia & Bill Branch Donor: Patricia Branch


Beloved Dog



Beloved Cat

Family: Edward Hammond & Gregory Parr Donor: Edward Hammond

Beloved Dog


Family: Sandy Poindexter

Beloved Cat



Family: Edward Hammond & Gregory Parr Donor: Edward Hammond


Family: The Kodrick & Suska Families Donor: Lynn & Kevin Kodrick Family: Suzanne Weinstein Donor: Meredith Hall & Family

Family: J. Semura

Beloved Greyhound

Family: David Gebhart & Frederick Rayner Donor: Lois Del Negro

Beloved Horse

Beloved Horse

Beloved Dog



Family: The Kodrick & Suska Families Donor: Lynn & Kevin Kodrick

Family: Alison, Charles, Ben, Julie & Dick Donor: Alison Martin

Beloved Collie

Family: Thomas & Jeannette Poling

Beloved Cat

Family: Greg & Jeannie Verklan

Family: Paul Ciaravella & Friends of Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer

Beloved Chaussie Dog

Family: The Affolder Family Donor: Dave & Cindy

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