Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Celebrates Its Fourth Year
It’s hard to believe, but the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is celebrating its fourth anniversary this month! We’re proud to announce that less than 1 percent of study participants dropped out of the study, and a whopping 89 percent of participants are up to date on study requirements – kudos to all of our study participants for their dedication!
This year was an active one, starting with the 3000 Strong celebration in Denver on Sept. 19, 2015. More than 200 dogs, supporters, staff members and friends joined together for a weekend of fun and camaraderie.
The year also found the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team crisscrossing the country, visiting the customer care team in West Virginia, attending veterinary conferences in Las Vegas, Orlando and Austin, and providing support to both study veterinarians and participants. One of the highlights of their travels was attending the Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty in October and watching the Parade of Hero Dogs honoring study participants and their owners.
Grassroots efforts by study volunteers and supporters across the country raised not only donations but encouraged a spirit of friendship and raised awareness. Dewey’s Golden Jubilee in Delaware and the Second Annual New England Golden Jubilee in Vermont were just two among many organized fundraising events held to benefit the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
The volunteer leadership team spearheaded a very successful T-shirt and hoodie sale, and the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study team raised $15,756 in this year’s Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk, making them the top fundraising team.
The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study supporters Facebook page has an active and engaged community, providing moral and emotional support for study participants. It’s also a great place to learn about study related events, post photos, and share resources.
This past June, the Foundation was happy to welcome members of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study volunteer leadership team to our Small Animal Advisory Board grant review sessions as well as the study oversight committee meeting. Candace Verduce was awarded a plaque as the study’s Volunteer of the Year during the Foundation’s annual dinner party, and everyone had a wonderful time getting to know many of the “behind the scenes” players who have made the study a success.
As the study enters its fifth year, Morris Animal Foundation thanks our study team, volunteers, participants, veterinarians, call center, and supporters for their tireless efforts. We couldn’t do it without you!