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World-class Pet Care Centre planned for Calgary

Over the next five years, Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation’s fundraising efforts will focus on raising money to build a world-class Pet Cancer Centre that will offer the latest in research, education and complementary healing programs for our beloved pets.  Our vision for the Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre is shared in detail below.

To make your donation online to Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation in support of the Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre please call Sherry at 403-249-2233 with your credit card number. Donations are also generously accepted at all Pet Planet locations. Thank you for your support! 

Kali – Our journey begins

When Kali was diagnosed with cancer in the Spring of 2003, her family rallied around her to provide her with comfort, strength and support. They sought advice from conventional resources; their doctor, the Internet, literature, family and friends. They made her comfortable and simply loved her until she was ready to let go. Reading this you would think that Kali and her family worked through their grief in all of the traditional ways. The only problem was — Kali was a dog.

When Kali’s family reached out, looking for ways to deal with her illness, and eventually her loss, there was nothing to grab onto. There were no resources to help them through the grieving process. The one and only directive they were offered upon the news of her diagnosis was to euthanize her — an option that seemed completely unimaginable. Kali’s family had to grieve without support, without understanding and without comfort.

Kali’s “wish” is that this never happens again to another family. Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre is her wish come true.

A Place for Hope

Our vision for Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre, is a welcoming place for families to learn, make informed decisions, find comfort and remember. It will marry integrative holistic health services, education and support with a peaceful and trusting atmosphere for pets and their families.

This one-of-a-kind integrative pet cancer centre will work in collaboration with traditional and  complementary medical communities to offer both consultative and support services for families dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their pet. Our practitioners will offer families hope by assisting in the creation of personalized treatment protocols, by being a trusted advocate and by offering support through the grief of diagnosis and loss. Multiple complementary therapies including, but not limited to, nutrition therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic care and spiritual healing will be offered to improve quality of life, support the immune system and reduce any treatment-related side effects.

The centre will house a large library related to pet health and wellness — a place to learn all about pet health maintenance and disease prevention. Online tools, literature and our knowledgeable practitioners and counsellors will be readily available. Whether a family is looking for resources to prevent disease, dealing with a new diagnosis, supporting a pet through treatment programs, or grieving the loss of a beloved family member, the centre will be there beside them, every step of the way.

The Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre will also be a special place for children. Whether they are learning how to become a responsible guardian to their new family pet or struggling to understand the sadness and separation associated with the loss of their pet, we will offer programs designed specifically for them. However children express themselves — through art, conversation or reading and reflection — the goal is to provide them with a comfortable place to find their strength and to build confidence in their role as a pet guardian.

Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre will be a place to learn, to find comfort and to remember. It will be a welcoming place where families can trust that their feelings and emotions will be understood and will remain sacred. Most importantly, it will be a place where Kali’s “wish” will come true — the elimination of cancer in our animal companions.

On our opening day, a single paw on our wall of remembrance will mark the beginning of our journey. As pet guardians who visit Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre place their own paws on the wall to memorialize lost companions, each one will join Kali on her path towards the fulfillment of her wish, aligning them in a promise to be as much of a guardian to us as we were to them.

Kali’s Wish Pet Cancer Centre — A place for hope.

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.



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.

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


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.