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Our Mission


The Puccini Foundation is dedicated to the hope of a future for pets and people… cancer free.
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Pet & People Cancers


To understand shared cancers, we must first appreciate the human-animal bond--that dynamic, mutually beneficial relationship that has existed between people and animals for ages. The human-animal bond is at the heart of the Puccini Foundation.
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Know the Signs -- Save a Life


Our pets get many of the same cancers as people. Knowing the signs of cancer in our pets can save their lives. Half of all pet cancers are curable if caught early.
Click here to read the 10 warning signs of pet cancer.

Common Cancers


Learn about cancers common to dogs and cats. These are also cancers that people get, and the treatments for pets often the same as for humans.
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Puccini


Puccini, for whom the foundation is named, made history as a participant in clinical trials that ultimately produced the first-ever USDA-approved vaccine for cancer in either humans or animals.
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Linda Cohen Wassong


Linda Cohen Wassong channeled her love of animals and her devotion to her cocker spaniel, Puccini, to establish the Puccini Foundation. The organization supports pet cancer awareness and research.
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Welcome friends, to the Puccini Foundation

A diagnosis of cancer in our pets is devastating. That’s how I felt when I was told my dear cocker spaniel Puccini had melanoma.

I didn’t know that our pets get many of the same cancers as people (lymphoma, bone cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer and more).

Knowing the signs of cancer in our pets can save their lives. 

12 million dogs and cats each year are diagnosed with cancer*. And 14 million men and women are living wit cancer**. The human-animal bond — that mutually beneficial relationship that enriches all our lives — also means that sometimes we experience the same diseases, like cancer.

I created the Puccini Foundation to raise awareness about pet cancers and to help those whose pets are battling cancer.

The Puccini Foundation is dedicated to the hope of a future for pets and people… cancer free

Please donate whatever time or funds you can to further awareness and research of pet cancer. I hope you will find our website to be a resource for information and a source of community and hope.

Very truly yours,
Linda Cohen Wassong

The Puccini Foundation was recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit in August 2007.

The Puccini Foundation offers resources for informational purposes only. We recommend you consult your veterinarian or veterinary oncologist for all matters pertaining to your pet’s health.

*Source: Center for Cancer Research  **Source: American Cancer Society