Last month was #NationalPetCancerAwarenessMonth. The Pet Partners Cancer Care Fund, with support from the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo, helps provide for therapy animals and their families while they seek cancer treatment. Below are the stories of two registered therapy animals teams, who are able to continue their community volunteer work thanks to the aid received.
Cyndi and Jack
“Jack and I volunteer at several nursing homes, at local universities during finals week, co-presents at conferences and he works alongside me where I work. When Jack was diagnosed with cancer we were shocked. The staff at Pet Partners were helpful and compassionate during this time. The fact that the Cancer Care Fund was available eased our minds knowing we could focus on getting him healthy. Jack is cancer free and happily back to work.”
Jenny and Chase
Pet Partners therapy dog Chase’s story has been inspiring since the very beginning. Chase was rescued from an abusive man and became a part of Jenny’s family in 2006. Jenny and Chase became a registered therapy team through Pet Partners and began helping children learn to read at their local library. Chase survived colon cancer in 2013, which was expensive for his family. In 2017, when Chase was diagnosed with cancer again, the Pet Partners Cancer Care Fund, thanks to Blue Buffalo and the Petco Foundation, helped cover the cost of Chase’s surgery. After surgery, Chase had to wear a splint but he did well and returned to the library helping kids learn to read.