May is ‘Pet Cancer Awareness Month’

During the month of May, donate to Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation and help with its mission to eliminate cancer in our animal companions.

Cancer is the No. 1 killer in both dogs and cats, making it a top health concern among pet guardians. Animal cancer statistics reveal that one of three dogs and one of four cats will be diagnosed with cancer, and even these stats appear to be on the rise.

These statistics are alarming and the first step in changing this deadly trend is awareness. Pet guardians should know what steps they can take to minimize the cancer risk in their companions. Understanding the warning signs of cancer is imperative to early diagnosis and treatment. When the diagnosis is cancer, loving pet guardians need to know what the options are for treatment and the facilities available in Alberta and nation wide.

Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation was named after Kali, the beloved Golden Retriever of Laura Leah English, Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation founder, who was only seven years old when she was taken by cancer. Laura Leah believes that Kali’s “wish” from where she is now is for the day when far fewer families are forced to deal with the devastating loss of a beloved pet to this deadly disease. While Kali’s life on earth is tragically over, the work she has inspired for those of us left behind has only just begun. Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation has become her legacy.

The foundation is dedicated to actively pursuing ways to help eliminate cancer in our animal companions by funding research into select focus areas including the causes of animal cancers; new conventional and alternative treatment options; the relationship between genetics and animal cancers; and ways to prevent cancer in our animal companions.

The foundation also provides education and awareness programs along with up-to-date information on its website about animal cancers, how to prevent cancer in our animal companions, available conventional and alternative treatment options, treatment facilities in Alberta and across the country as well as support to families dealing with pets who have cancer.

Money raised during the month of May is earmarked for the construction of Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre — a world-class facility that offers the latest in research, education and complementary healing programs for our beloved pets. The centre is slated to break ground in five years.

For more information about “Pet Cancer Awareness Month” visit www.kaliswish.com or call 403-249-2233.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP:

MONETARY DONATION

We love spare change! Just pop into a Pet Planet location near you and drop your spare coins into the Kali’s Wish donation box or make a donation with your purchase.

TIME
Kali’s Wish is in the process of planning several fundraising events and initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering your time and energy to the foundation please call Sherry at 403-249-2233 or email: sherry@kaliswish.com

MERCHANDISE

The following items are available to purchase at any Pet Planet location. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each item is donated to Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation.

Little Wishes plush toys
Little Wishes are limited edition collectors plush dog toys, produced by Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation in memory of some of the beloved pets that have been lost to cancer. Little Wishes are available at all Pet Planet locations and make a great gift for the dogs (or children) in your life.

Wish-Upon-A-Star biscuits
In memory of her beloved Bailey, Keltie Steenbergen creates Wish-Upon-A-Star Biscuits sold exclusively at Pet Planet locations in Edmonton and Calgary. For every biscuit purchased, a donation is made to Bailey’s Library on the foundation’s website, www.kaliswishcom.

This library was created as a resource for pet guardians who have a pet diagnosed with cancer or who want information about cancer in animals. Information is provided through articles, videos, online resources and research. You’ll also find book and DVD recommendations and links to a host of resources.

“Golden Love” rings
The gold ring in the Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation logo symbolizes never-ending “Golden Love.” It represents the actual ring worn by Laura Leah English in memory of her beloved Golden Retriever Kali, a daily reminder of the seven wonderful years together and the life lessons that Kali taught.

Purchase a Golden Love Ring and wear it to represent your own “Golden Love”, and to support a very important cause. A significant portion of the purchase price of each ring is donated directly to Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation.

Kali’s Wish branded collars and leashes
Now available! Custom designed leash and collar sets beautifully embroidered with the Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation logo. These durable, clip-buckle collars are available in small, medium or large, and the leashes come in your choice of four- or six-foot lengths. Available at all Pet Planet locations.

NaturPet remedies
NaturPet is a product line of Natures Formulae Health Products Ltd. that has been developed in conjunction with veterinarians from across Canada. When you purchase Chronic Recovery and/or Tumor-X at Pet Planet stores, it adds to the total amount NaturPet donates annually to Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation. At the end of the year, NaturPet will donate 10% of sales of these two products (made through Pet Planet) to the foundation.

Cloud Star treats
Kali’s Wish is now a donor recipient through Cloud Star’s UPC Program. For every Cloud Star UPC label that is collected by Pet Planet, Cloud Star will donate $1 to Kali’s Wish. Please allow Pet Planet staff to remove the UPC label, after purchase, at the store.