PETS AND PEOPLE GET THE SAME CANCERS
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).
12 million dogs and cats each year are diagnosed with cancer*. And 14 million men and women are living with 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 that pets get many of the same cancers as people. These are called “shared cancers.” We share the same environments, exposure to toxins, and we even have similar genomes as our pets, so it is natural that they would share the same cancers.
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