Golden Lover Seeks to Rescue Dogs in More Ways than One
Emily Rowe, of St. Petersburg, Florida, adopted Hailey from a breed rescue group after her previous Golden Retriever died of cancer. Now, Hailey is doing her part to rescue other Golden Retrievers from this dreaded disease.
As a participant in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Hailey will provide valuable health information throughout her life, which will help scientists determine how to better prevent and treat cancer and other canine disease.
The decision to enroll was easy. Not only did Emily lose her beloved dog to cancer, but her work as a board member and rescue liaison with the Florida Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Club has emphasized how prevalent the disease is in the breed she loves.
“I have watched too many Golden Retrievers struck with cancer and taken from their families much too soon,” she says. “For those of us who love the Golden Retriever breed, it is heartbreaking that cancer strikes so often.”
Because genetics play a role in disease development, study researchers will be closely analyzing genetic risk factors. For this reason, participating dogs must be purebred. Many rescue dogs don’t have known pedigrees, so Emily was thrilled that Hailey came with papers to prove her pedigree and enable her to participate in the study.
The necessity to enroll purebred dogs has made breed clubs an invaluable resource for recruitment. Their goal, like the Foundation’s, is to make their breed as healthy as possible.
“The idea that we can help make progress in making our dogs live healthy, long lives is very important to me,” Emily says.
You, too, can help Morris Animal Foundation eliminate cancer in your beloved breed. You can help recruit owners and their dogs by sharing our new public service announcement on your website and social media communities.
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.