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Victoria added to Sponsored Dogs

July 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment



Our seven year old Rottweiler, Victoria, loves to go camping and boating with us. During a recent camping trip she accidentally fell off the boat and would not move her leg. We immediately took her to the nearest vet where X-rays showed her hind left leg had a fracture where a fracture is uncommon for healthy bone. A mass showed in the X-ray and we were given the terrible news that it was likely osteosarcoma. Repairing the fractured bone was not an option.

After a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis we were faced with the most difficult decision we’ve had to make in recent memory: say goodbye to our little girl or amputate the leg to remove the tumor and follow up with chemo therapy treatments to avoid/delay the spread of the cancer into her lungs. As we cried in desperation she came out of the bedroom limping but with a smile on her face and licked us both. We knew then she had too much life left in her and we could not let her go. We would do everything we could to extend her time with us and preserve the quality of her life. That’s when we decide to proceed with amputation and chemo in spite of it meaning incurring a huge debt.

Her leg was amputated on June 18, 2013 and she had her first chemo treatment 10 days later. She has recovered from surgery beautifully and can do almost everything she did before. She tolerated her first chemo treatment well without any serious side effects, only her appetite decreased a little. We still have a long road ahead of us and pray that our Victoria will beat the odds and be with us for a few more years. We are thankful to Canine Cancer Awareness for their contribution to her treatment.

—Steven and Griselle

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Victoria’s treatments. Please help Victoria receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Victoria will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Victoria’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Help Canine Cancer Awareness by Submitting your Favorite Recipe

July 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Dear Friend,

Canine Cancer Awareness is excited to announce the launch of our largest fundraising project ever. We are preparing a taste-blasting custom cookbook featuring best and favorite recipes from people who would like to help Canine Cancer Awareness make the book a resounding success.

Our cookbooks will be professionally published and contain special pages of interest, a table of contents, an index, helpful cooking hints, and recipe category dividers. Our goal is to ensure that the cookbook be special enough that it will be treasured for years to come.

The cookbook will include a section for dog treats and trusted dog recipes so your recipes do not have to be for two-legged eaters.

We are asking you to submit 3–5 of your favorite, trusted recipes to us. In addition, if you have tried and trusted recipes that you have made for your dog, please send these along for inclusion.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is August 15, 2013.

We are looking for recipes in the following categories:

  • Appetizers & Beverages
  • Soups & Salads
  • Vegetables & Side Dishes
  • Main Dishes
  • Breads & Rolls
  • Desserts
  • Cookies & Candy
  • Dog Treats


When you submit a recipe, please include:

  1. Recipe Title
  2. Category
  3. Your Name

Please include an email address to us in case we need to contact you for clarification on a recipe you have submitted.


We ask you to submit your recipes in two sections:

Section 1: Ingredients

List all ingredients in order of use in ingredients list.

Include container sizes, e.g., 16-oz. pkg., 24-oz. can

Section 2: Directions

Directions will contain the information about how to assemble the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe.

Keep directions in paragraph form, not in steps.
Use names of ingredients in the directions, e.g., "Combine flour and sugar."

PLEASE DO NOT use statements like, "Combine first three ingredients."

Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking, and/or freezing times in directions.

Please send your recipes to Canine Cancer Awareness at

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Cody added to Sponsored Dogs

July 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments



Cody is a 5 year old Shetland Sheepdog diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Cody is the light of our life. He makes each day worthwhile to keep going in our situation. He is our inspiration. He walks around the house everywhere I go acting as my eyes as I am legally blind. He’s there to lay his head on my lap whenever I am having a bad health day as I am diabetic and Stage 4 kidney failure. He is what we call the worker bee as he constantly follows his dad around the house assisting in fixing odds and ends and painting as well as mowing the lawn and gardening. Cody loves to run and play in the backyard with our older dog Ike as well as make a statement at any dogs he sees on television. Its always humorous to be in the other room as various commercials he knows the tunes to and has to run full speed into the room in order to catch his favorite commercial. So when the news came about him having Lymphoma it devastated us. He is my companion as I can’t go anywhere with my eyes as well as my health and my husband just got laid off from work. We can’t make any payments on the mortgage, our resources have depleted as we have sold whatever we have to pay for Cody’s treatments as well as Ike’s knee surgeries. Life seems to have hit us hard and it’s harder to know that soon we have to give up our treatment as we can only go so long on not eating properly in order to cover his medical costs as well as mine. Any donation would be a miracle to us. We believe in pay it forward and hope one day when we get our feet back on the ground that we can take care of others as others take care of us. Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

Cody has completed 8 weeks of treatment and has 11 more to go. We hope he will be in complete remission at week 19 and won’t need any more treatments. He is finally starting to eat again as well as become our snuggler and affectionate little boy. He is still really out of it, but our hope is that he can become a survivor one day.

We can’t afford the upcoming bills for treatments as we have to pay after each one. Any assistance to keep a fighting chance for our Cody would be a lifetime of thank yous for the joy he gives us.

— Pamela and Thomas

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $600 to help pay the costs of Cody’s treatments. Please help Cody receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Cody will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Cody’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Tigra added to Sponsored Dogs

April 29th, 2012 · 1 Comment



Tigra is a 9 1/2 year old Pitbull diagnosed with Stage IV-V Lymphoma.

tigra came into my life, at the exact moment when i needed her most. she was the sweetest, cutest pitbull puppy, and her sweet cuddly personality made her even more irresistible. she was about 11 weeks old, and she quickly became my shadow and my constant companion. she went everywhere with me. the bond was established from day one.

we have been thru every single up and down together over the past 9 1/2 yrs. divorce, car accidents, illnesses, and a move to a place where i knew not one soul.

the day that i noticed the lumps in her neck, my heart stopped. i knew what this was, but still was hoping the vet would say differently. on friday feb.24, 2012 her diagnosis came in… i was referred to a vet in my town that did chemo, and i was able to get an appt that monday. we discussed everything and being that she was healthy still – eating, drinking, playing, and all her normal activities. there was no question of whether or not i would treat. this vet wanted us to see an oncologist that she works closely with. he is over 2 hrs away – but it was necessary to get him on board with tigras case. the oncologist appointment was the very next day. so we were up early and drove to the specialty hospital to see the oncologist and get all her testing done. i knew tigras spleen was already involved, i could feel that it was swollen in her abdomen. but like i said she was still very healthy. the oncologist examined her and said she looked great, weight was good, and she definitely was a healthy happy girl. she was staged at IVa. which is where i expected her to be staged at. we discussed her protocol – and she was going to get her first chemo treatment that day… Then my whole world crashed !!!! the oncologist had went in to get tigras first chemo treatment done, and not even 5 min later walked back out to me with a very strange look on her face. she simply said something has changed. i couldn’t breathe !! they took me back into a room and told me tigra was bleeding internally and dying !!!!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!! NOO this was not happening… she was healthy, we were going to be going home soon. this was not happening!!

i had 5 minutes to decide if she lived or died… in 1 min i screamed NO SHE IS NOT DYING LIKE THIS!!!! SAVE HER !!! they let me see her for a minute before she went into surgery. she was soo cold. inside her ears were blue, her gums and tongue were white. but she wagged her tail when i walked in. i kissed her and looked into her eyes and told her its not her time. that she could get thru this. again her tail wagged. i was brought back to the room we were in and i was on the floor in a fetal position hysterical, knowing that my girl was in for the fight of her life. thank goodness my mother had driven us up there, i would never have been able to deal with this alone. my entire family knows this dog is my world… this could not happen.

the surgeon came out almost 3 hrs later to let me know how things went. they were not good. they lost her twice while on the table, but this amazing dog rallied herself back. she lost 3/4 of her blood and required 2 double whole blood transfusions, plus a plasma transfusion. her spleen had completely ruptured, she did not have much time left at all when they got in there to get the spleen out. the surgeon cautioned me that they really couldn’t say if she was going to make it thru the nite. it was now about 10 pm, i was 2 1/2 hrs from home and my soul was fighting for her life. i was not leaving that hospital !!!! around 11pm they allowed me to see her. she looked so weak. but her eyes fixated on me. she knew i was there even tho she was heavily drugged up. again i kissed her and told her … ur a strong girl, u have soo much living to do still. i couldn’t stay with her, but when i walked away from the ICU i was numb! i couldn’t absorb what this day had turned into. i was now having to worry about her crashing thru the nite.

the next morning they told me she had a good nite and that she had gotten up and when they opened her cage she wanted to come out. she actually pooped on the floor !! they were amazed ! when i got in to see her, i could not believe my eyes. she stood up, wagged her tail and came out and laid back down on my lap. she licked my mom, she licked my face and then took a nap. i laid there with her for almost 3 hrs. i knew then she was going to be ok. i finally felt ok about going home ( 2 1/2 hrs away ) i basically went home and slept and then drove my mom’s car back up there to see her. that day as i waited for them to call me back – my miracle happened!! she came strolling out on a leash with the tech and she was smiling from ear to ear. her big pitbull grin was the most beautiful thing i had ever seen. i was allowed to take her outside for a walk, i knew that this girl was a fighter and was not going to let any of this stop her from living her life… she still had a lot of lizards to catch. we walked and talked and walked some more…we then went back inside and we spent the next 2 hrs in a visitation room. she ate for me and drank water and we took a nap together… by the next day – she was going to be coming home. the entire staff at VSH of the carolinas is amazed at the strength of this dog. just 2 1/2 days prior, she was dying! and now she was back to her happy go lucky herself and going home.

so that next day she got her first chemo treatment. and we were on our way HOME!!! my life was complete again.

then the reality of finances hit me. i am disabled and collect a small monthly check to rely on. i never ever in my wildest dreams thought i would be dealing with the nightmare we just went thru. how on earth was i going to pay for any of this. my ex husband helped with her surgery and i had a small availability on care credit. we decided that my vet here in my town would do most of her chemo treatments and once a month i would go to the oncologist for her adriamycin treatment, full check up, and whatever testing she may need.

so long story short… she is now into her 7th week of treatment. she has not had one side effect, has been in remission since the 3rd week and has not skipped not one beat of enjoying here life. i know with all of my heart that every decision i have made regarding tigra’s health in the past 2 months were absolutely the right ones. she wants to live and she has proved that to me beyond and doubt i may have had. she is happy, healthy and loving every second of her life ( and her food bowl lol )

if it were not for canine cancer awareness, i don’t know how i would be able to pay for the treatments at the oncologist. when we go to her next appt up there, i can breathe a lot easier knowing that the kindness and generosity of the donors and canine cancer awareness have helped… i can not begin to put into words how much it means to me. thank you thank you thank you !!!!!!!!!!!

the greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress, can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated. GANDHI

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Tigra’s treatments. Please help Tigra receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Tigra will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Tigra’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Kahlua added to Sponsored Dogs

April 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments



Kahlua is a 10 year old Labrador mix diagnosed with Anal Sac Apocrine Gland Adenocarcinoma.

Almost 10 years ago a co-worker asked me to help her find a home for a little puppy living on the street in her niece’s neighborhood. Her niece would leave food out for the neighborhood dogs, and only this puppy would come over to eat. This lovely 12 year old girl decided to ask her neighbor (who owned the dog) if she could find a home for the puppy. This was summertime in Arizona in 110 degree heat and the puppy was sleeping outside, under a truck. The original owner said she could find a new home for the puppy. I thought I had the perfect candidate and told her I was happy to help.

I met up with my co-worker and her niece to pick up the puppy. Unfortunately the family I had in mind informed me they wanted a dog with all of its shots and papers. So there we were. I pretty much fell in love with her instantly anyway, so I took her in as my own and named her Kahlua – my second job was in a bar and everyone had dogs named after liquor, i.e. Bailey, Stoli, Jameson… I promised Kahlua from that day on that I would always do whatever I could for her.

Kahlua was malnourished and had tapeworms when I brought her in to the vet to begin her shots and paperwork. She recovered well and quickly and has been healthy ever since.

Kahlua came to me after a very difficult time in my life. A few years prior, a boyfriend died in a car accident, leaving me numb and alone. All I did was work. I wouldn’t or couldn’t let anyone get close to me. As a flight attendant, traveling kept me busy and lonely. When Kahlua came into my life she changed me. There is nothing like a creature who just wants to be with you. She was so skittish at first, but after doing some reading, I learned to hold her against my heart. If she could feel my calmness, then she would be calm. 10 years later, we still sit like that, when I come home from a trip. She is like a child to me and at the same time, she has been an incredible friend, like no other. I consider her a soul mate. These last 10 years have been filled with fun and laughter. She is the silliest, most loyal, sweet, love bug ever. Still running faster than me on our walks and fooling everyone about her age. To look at her, no one knows she is 10 years old and I thought I still had many more years ahead with her. We have enjoyed many road trips together, throughout Arizona and California. She loves car rides! We enjoy bringing her to restaurants with patios that allow pets, and she is just a huge part of my family.

When I got her diagnosis of anal sac adeno-carcinoma I was devastated. It was an incidental, shocking find at the vet’s office when I brought her in for a visit. There were no signs of her being sick. This diagnosis came only weeks after my own father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I am overwhelmed to say the least. My father asked me to stay home in Arizona with Kahlua while he undergoes his own radiation (he is in NY, where my amazing mom and his doctors at Sloan Kettering Memorial are taking good care of him). While there is little I can do to help my father right now, I have to do all I can for Kahlua. Since Kahlua’s diagnosis, she has had surgery to remove the tumor, (which her speedy recovery from has everyone hopeful) has all ready completed 2 weeks of radiation and will move forward with 2 more weeks, and shows no signs of slowing down. She, I guess, doesn’t know she’s sick. Following radiation, will be chemotherapy. I am doing everything I can for her, like I promised.

Many people ask if it’s worth the cost, and I can’t think of doing anything less. She is the love of my life. Where someone looks at her and sees a dog, I see her soul.

When seeking advice, a good friend whose own dog died of cancer, told me she didn’t know if she would do it again. I told her she could say that now, because she did all she could. If she hadn’t, she’d wonder for the rest of her life, what she should’ve done differently. I’ve been so blessed with Kahlua, and wonderful friends offering many prayers of support for both me and her. I am grateful for any prayers said for her recovery, as well as my father’s. Thank you for your support.


— Melissa

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Kahlua’s treatments. Please help Kahlua receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Kahlua will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Kahlua’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Lucy added to Sponsored Dogs

April 26th, 2012 · 3 Comments



This is Lucy’s story. She is a 5 year old yellow Labrador who has always been vibrant, full of joy and never sick a day in her life, until recently, her journey took a fork in the road we certainly never expected… cancer. She is the love of our lives and constant companion to our 6 year old yellow Labrador, Maxx. Our world turned upside down.

Her name, Lucy, means light and indeed she is the brightest of lights. We have always said that her eyes are so bright that she only sees beauty and knows pure joy. Although she cannot speak to us in words, she most assuredly speaks to us loudly with her faithful devotion and her exuberant love of life. She wholeheartedly embraces life to its fullest.

The first sign was that she was drinking a lot of water. On Monday, February 20, 2012, we took her to the vet to find out what would cause her to be so thirsty. We had no clue that she was very sick and would soon be hospitalized (for ten days) fighting for her life.

That week turned into one nightmare after another as the doctor ran tests and gave us possible diagnoses. By Wednesday, she began to get sicker and was vomiting and would not eat. Her blood test that day revealed elevated calcium levels and kidney levels approaching the danger zone. That was the first day we heard the “C” word as the most likely cause of her sickness but an ultrasound was needed to verify that diagnosis. An ultrasound was scheduled for the next day.

Driving home from the vet that day, (crying my eyes out), I felt completely powerless to help Lucy. As if my car were in auto-pilot, I drove to my church, with Lucy in tow, and asked for prayers for her. People gathered around her and we all prayed. As the difficult days continued, we continued to pray (and cry). It has been the prayers and encouragement from others that has given us strength to face each day.

The ultrasound revealed enlarged lymph nodes near her kidneys and a biopsy was done and the waiting began for the biopsy report to confirm what we already suspected. Lucy continued to decline (her kidneys were failing) and on Saturday she was hospitalized so that she could receive IV fluids. We were told that she would likely not live more than a week or two. How could this be happening?

Finally, Monday, February 27, 2012, the biopsy report confirmed Lymphoma. Just 10 days before this, we had hiked 5 miles and Lucy and Maxx were running all over the trail happy as can be.

During her hospital stay, she almost died from kidney failure which was indirectly caused by the cancer. Lucy was fighting for her life, yet had such a great attitude. She quickly became everyone’s favorite patient. She seemed to take it in stride much better than we did. We were devastated and grief stricken – she somehow “knew” she needed to be there and still had light in her eyes. It was so hard to believe how very sick our precious girl was.

Once we had the official cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy began. At that time we learned that she had several strikes against her: Stage IV Lymphoma (an aggressive form), hypercalcemia and acute renal distress. She was in the hospital for ten days because of renal failure. We believe it was a miracle that she even made it home and certainly is a miracle that she is still with us. When she came home, we expected to have a very short time left with her but our brave girl has proved that she is a fighter.

She is currently still receiving chemotherapy treatments. The chemotherapy protocol that has been recommended for her type of cancer is the Madison-Wisconsin protocol with a total of 25 weeks of treatments. Her kidneys have not fully recovered so she is on a special diet to help her kidneys heal.

Remarkably, her cancer is in remission, however, in order to have a chance at a longer period of remission, she will need to finish the full 25 weeks.

Her quality of life is good although it is different than before she became sick. She is a little more subdued that she was when she was healthy but she is happy and wags her tail all the time. She has such a great attitude. She loves her walks on the trail and going to the park. She and Maxx are inseparable best buddies as they always have been. She has had some nausea and weakness from the chemo but overall responded very well.

We hope to be able to continue her treatments so she can have the best chance of continued remission with a good quality of life. The financial burden is huge and we have already incurred debt to our limit and wiped out our savings. We have had to consider that we might be forced stop treatments even though she is responding well because we will not be able to afford it.

Just last week, we reached our credit limit with the Care Card and have been praying for a way to continue her treatments. This week, we received notice that the Canine Cancer Awareness was awarding us $500 toward her treatments. This gave us hope! Thank you! We are so grateful for this generous gift and also to have the opportunity to tell you her story and be featured on the Sponsors Needed page. Prayers were answered!

Lucy’s light is still shining bright! We call her Lucy, brave and mighty Princess Warrior – fighting a ruthless foe, cancer. She will participate in her first Canine Cancer Walk event this upcoming weekend; Maxx walking by her side.

Thank you,
—Valerie and Howie

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $500 to help pay the costs of Lucy’s treatments. Please help Lucy receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Lucy will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Lucy’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Make a Donation – Get Randy Barr’s New CD

April 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Get Randy Barr’s New CD for a $10 Donation to Canine Cancer Awareness

Randy Barr

Randy Barr has generously agreed to donate proceeds from his new CD to benefit CCA!

Here’s a note from Randy:

I am so happy and proud to announce that my new CD 11:11 will be available for free with a $10 donation to Canine Cancer Awareness!

This is very awesome :) I have announced my new CD on Facebook and my website, and I know people will love to donate to a great cause, my music being secondary, but they know how much it means to me to help out!

Donate $10 to CCA by clicking on the PayPal button below.

More from Randy:

Here is my site:

and a full album preview clip from my youtube channel:

You can preview the album on itunes:

Spread the word and let’s help some friends beat Cancer!

:) Thanks and Peace, Randy

Thank you so much Randy, your generosity is amazing!

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Aki added to Sponsored Dogs

April 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments



Aki is a 4 year old Akita mix diagnosed with Stage IIIa Lymphosarcoma.

Aki’s story is one of triumph over tragedy.

After losing my father to Alzheimer’s several years back, I felt a void in my life. Being single and on my own, I was searching for something to fill that void.

One day shortly after my father’s passing, while I was out in the front yard, a young women strolled by my house with a beautiful brown puppy. She explained that she was a foster mother to rescued animals. She said that “Aki” (an Akita/Lab mix) was rescued from a shelter just days from being put down. She also told me that he had been hit by a car and that he had sustained a broken front leg but that it had healed and she was looking to place him with someone that could give him the TLC he deserved.

The foster mother asked me if I would like to “try Aki out” for a few days to see if I would be interested in adopting him. Since that day in 2007, we have been together constantly. We have brought amazing amounts of joy to each other. We run, swim, drive, camp and just plain pal around together. In short, Aki is truly my best friend.

About a month ago while I was wrestling with Aki, I noticed two asymmetrical lumps in his neck area. At only 4-years old, I figured it was a simple infection. I took him to the vet to see what kind of infection he had. That’s when I was told the devastating news that Aki had Lymphoma Cancer. I broke down in my vet’s office, disbelieving what I had just been told.

I immediately went to work on keeping Aki alive. I scoured the internet and spoke to countless professionals and friends in seeking help for Aki. I found a great oncologist here in San Diego, applied and received a Care Credit and immediately put him on the Madison Protocol chemotherapy.

I am ecstatic to report that after one-month, Aki is in full remission of his cancer! However, Aki still needs to complete all of his chemotherapy sessions for another few months and my Care Credit is almost up. That’s when I turned to CCA for help.

Because of CCA’s incredible donation toward Aki’s care, I can now continue his chemotherapy protocol and keep him alive! I cannot thank CCA and their incredible benefactors enough. You have made two souls here in San Diego forever grateful.

— Lance & Aki

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Aki’s treatments. Please help Aki receive the treatment that he needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Aki will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Aki’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Thank you Geralyn!

March 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Thank you Geralyn Colloton for becoming CCA’s most recent Associate Member.

It is the subscriptions of Associate Members that allows this 100% volunteer non-profit organization to continue the fight against canine cancer.

Your committed support means so much to the dogs and their families who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment.


Membership may be granted to any individual (over age 18) or corporation that supports the mission and purposes of this organization, and who pays minimum annual membership dues of $20.00. Although Associate Members have no voting rights, they play an integral role in the organization through their support. Choosing to become an Associate Member is truly a sign of your commitment to this cause and to our mission.

Please click the subscribe button below to become a CCA Associate Member.

Visit the About Page to see CCA’s Associate Membership.

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Koda added to Sponsored Dogs

March 28th, 2012 · No Comments



Koda is a 6 year old Shepherd/Rottweiler mix diagnosed with Multicentric Lymphoma.

Koda was abandoned at eight weeks in a desert in NM full of ticks, flees and anything else that would attach itself to her. I rescued her and brought her home as she laid on the floor on the passenger’s side of my SUV underneath the air conditioner; lying on her back, tongue hanging out on a hot August day in 2005. We have become the best of friends ever since. Koda is my first dog since my children all left home – all five of them! I was attached immediately and we hit the trail at 12 weeks. I carried her for the most part on her first hike….she never has liked the sun; our first thing in common!

Koda loved tearing up the trim around my yard but other than that, she was awesome; graduating from puppy school with honors. Everyone fell in love with her. One day I came home from work to find her hidden under the work bench in the garage and her temperament had totally changed. Something had happened but I had no idea what. Suddenly, she was afraid of everything but I didn’t know why until a neighbor informed me teenagers on their bikes came into my yard and threw rocks at her more than once while she was in her dog run. The police finally caught them in the act but the damage was done. Koda was only seven months old and now had become scared to death of men. We became even closer as she looked to me for protection. I take her everywhere with me but try to keep her away from environments that are too stressful.

The week Koda turned six, she was diagnosed with lymphoma; I was devastated. Thankfully, my veterinarian could think straight and contacted Colorado State University Veterinarian Teaching Hospital immediately to see if Koda would be eligible for any clinical trials. CSU contacted me and said she would be if she satisfied the criteria. We made an appointment the next week. This disease, unfortunately progressed rapidly in Koda and she didn’t make it to the appt. I ended up in critical care with her the weekend before when she stopped eating and drinking. CSU was awesome as they tried all weekend to squeeze her into an already overbooked schedule on the following Monday for surgery and chemo. Koda had to be admitted immediately which disqualified her for the clinical trial. She had become too sick.

I had to leave my position with the university of eleven years and had no idea what I was going to do. I immediately began to search the Internet for any help for Koda. She had her surgery and her chemo but became very ill. Her tumors were so large, the breakdown of them made her very sick on top of the fact that she fell into the 5% of dogs that did not handle the chemo well. I took her home only to bring her back after an exhausting couple of days with her. She was admitted the rest of the week. The veterinarian realized she was very sensitive to the drugs, but the good part was she went into remission immediately. She came out of that treatment acting like a two year old just as always and amazed everyone. She fought her way back and refused to give up. She also became less frightened. She was so sick, she had no choice but to let others take care of her and I think she realized there are some good people on this earth! Her fear has calmed down a bit. She even allowed a male nurse to take care of her!

Her lymphoma came back about a month ago and I contacted the Canine Cancer Awareness Organization praying they would help Koda. She had one chemo treatment only to once again find out she was too sensitive to the drug so it had to be cut down, but once again, she went into remission after the first treatment. She responds so well to the chemotherapy it’s unbelievable. She is such a fighter she has the whole hospital loving on her. They are amazing and I am so grateful to have them in my back yard! Koda hides under the seats while we wait for the Dr., thinking they won’t find her, but they always do. She wags her tail because she’s excited to see them and then quickly dives back under the chair. The people in the lobby get quite a kick out of her. She is so happy to know she gets to come home she practically drags her vet back to the lobby when she is done with her treatment.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for helping Koda. She is so full of life yet and that is what’s important to me. She plays more than the dogs her own age that aren’t sick! We’ve had a tough year, but our life together is not over. I told Koda’s vet she will live for another 10 years she has so much life in her. I don’t think we can get any closer. I rescued her and she rescued me.

Thank you so much.


— Dee Ann and Koda

The CCA Board of Directors has allocated $1000 to help pay the costs of Koda’s treatments. Please help Koda receive the treatment that she needs. Any sponsor donations made on behalf of Koda will be used to pay unpaid invoices and the checks will be sent directly to Koda’s vet.

To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:

Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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