A Golden Volunteer from the Garden State
“There is something about the Golden temperament that just draws you in,” says Kim Karpeles of New Jersey. “I’ve been around other dogs, and really like them, but I just love Goldens.”
Kim is one of the many dedicated volunteers for Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Although her two Golden boys, Danny (9) and Hogan (8) are too old to participate in the study, she was intrigued by the science involved. She was trained as a registered nurse and currently works in biotechnology, so the study hit home because it combines her love of Golden Retrievers with science.
“What piqued my interest in the study is the genetic piece, which was stimulated by the homework I did before I got my dogs,” Kim says. “Because of what I do, I get the science.”
Kim’s job takes her all over New Jersey, and she talks about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study with many of the health care professionals she encounters. She emphasizes the importance of keeping people engaged as the study enters the retention phase.
“Ease of data entry, ongoing programs, all of these pieces need to be present to keep people interested,” she notes.
Kim hopes that information learned as the study progresses will help veterinarians and owners identify individuals at risk for developing cancer so that monitoring and early interventions can prevent untimely deaths.
Kim’s enthusiasm is infectious. She, and other Golden Volunteers like her, will be critical to sustaining participant engagement over the many years it will take to complete the study. More volunteers are needed to spread the word, so sign up today! To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.