How to Make Your Dog a Cancer Spokespup

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The Puppy Up Foundation (formerly 2 Million Dogs) is hosting their 7th Annual “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” calendar contest to fund canine cancer research and education.

According to the foundation’s press release, “One of the Puppy Up Foundations’ steadfast goals has always been education about canine cancer and comparative oncology. And one of the best ways we can do this is through your stories and photos, which genuinely inspire and encourage so many others.” (N.B.: Comparative oncology studies cancer in companion animals and its corresponding cancer in people.)

Everyone Wins

While each month will feature the dog with the most votes, all entrants are going to be included in the “calendar submissions” gallery, regardless of number of votes received.

Dog Days

The 2015 wall calendar will include fun “dog holidays” including, National Puppy Day, Pet Theft Awareness Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, World Animal Remembrance Month — and of course, Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

Year of the Dog

The annual contest has supported research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the last two years — a donation near to my heart, since Haley was a participant in their studies.

Haley was a rare case: surviving hemangiosarcoma for almost two years after something suspicious was detected during a senior wellness exam. Her prognosis was only 1-3 months and fewer than 10% of dogs live over one year.

I’m hoping their research will bring us answers to ensure more of our dogs get to live with us longer.

(Plus: puppy pictures!)

Who
Anyone with a cancer dog (living or remembered) can enter as many dogs as they like.

How
The 13 dogs with the most votes will be featured in the calendar — their full-color image will be accompanied by their story.

Contest registration is $10 per dog and includes a personalized fundraising page with your dog’s photo and cancer story and built-in sharing tools to make spreading the word to families and friends easy.

The registration fee counts as 10 votes for your dog. Each vote is $1, with a minimum donation of $5.

More information and registration here.

When
Voting concludes at midnight, EDT on August 29, 2014.

Get Involved
Vote for Haley the Wonderdog, volunteer or join a Puppy Up! walk.

Support
Support the foundation’s mission by making a donation or giving an honor or tribute gift to your favorite pup or person.

The Puppy Up Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Follow Puppy Up Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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