More than 500 northern Californians rallied May 7, for the third annual Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. The event raised more than $71,000 for the foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, which funds research to prevent and treat cancer in dogs, with a goal of curing the disease.
MAF debuted a remembrance ceremony for all dogs that have died of cancer and celebrated dogs that have beaten cancer by gathering all dogs and their owners for a survivor ceremony.
Fundraising teams were encouraged to show their team spirit by participating in the Top Dogs Contest, in which the winner raised the most money for cancer research, had the most members or showed the most spirit.
This year’s sponsors and media partners include V101.1, Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital and Hotel, Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic and VCA Animal Hospitals. MAF’s fundraising goal is $75,000, and the group has stated it will collect donations through June 3. To make a donation click here.
Contest winners include:
• Top Team: Team Homeward Bound, with more than $7,000 raised
• Most Team Members: WAG, Inc., with nearly 60 members
• Top Fundraiser (individual): Wolfgang Jilka, of Team Homeward Bound, raising more than $1,900
• Most Spirit: Team Greyhound. The greyhounds raised more than $1,600