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Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation Announces $350,000 in Pet Cancer Grants to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Columbus, OH - The Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Foundation announced grant investments totaling $350,000 to support pet cancer research and treatment initiatives for Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is one of six top-ranked veterinary schools chosen to receive this three-year grant which will provide financial support for qualified clients/pet parents who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of cancer treatment. Other recipients included Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

“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.”

One of 30 veterinary colleges in the country, Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation. Veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians in the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office work closely with faculty, staff, residents and interns at the Veterinary Medical Center as well as participating veterinary clinics to oversee clinical trials and ensure the highest standard of patient care. The Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Foundation have provided $9 million for treatment and research since partnering in 2010 to combat pet cancer.

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 $167 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/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 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

About The Blue Buffalo Foundation
The Blue Buffalo Foundation was established in 2003 by The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. a manufacturer of natural dog and cat foods under the BLUE™ brand names. Finding a cure for pet cancer is one of the top priorities for Blue Buffalo because its founders have had very personal experience with this disease. “Our dog Blue, a large breed Airedale and a great pal, had three bouts with cancer,” said Bill Bishop, Blue Buffalo’s founder. “After Blue’s battles, we wanted to do something meaningful to help find a cure for this devastating disease. So one of the first things we did after starting our pet food company was to establish the Foundation to raise money for pet cancer research, and raise awareness among pet parents of the early warning signs of this disease.”


Contact at Ohio State: Shantay Piazza,, 614-292-3752




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Monday, September 19, 2016 - 1:02pm