Pet Cancer Awareness Walk Draws Hundreds of People and their Pooches

Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Raises more than $23,000 for Pet Cancer Research at the Sixth Annual Long Beach VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

Brea, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2012) – More than four hundred people and their furry, four-legged family members came out to Shoreline Village Lighthouse & Peninsula in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 11 to support and raise funds for pet cancer research at the sixth annual Long Beach VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, hosted the 3K (1.8 miles) walk to benefit the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people. Since 2007, VPI has raised more than $130,000 to benefit the ACF.

“Our partnership with VPI over the past six years has helped the Animal Cancer Foundation generate public awareness about the number one disease-related killer of dogs in the United States,” said Barbara Cohen, executive director, ACF. “We are honored to team up with VPI once again at the Long Beach K9K and further our joint commitment to raise funds that are used to develop and support comparative oncology research that advances the prevention and treatment of cancer for people and pets.”

Among the participants at the Long Beach VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk was E! News’ Correspondent, Ashlan Gorse. Gorse and her dog, Aurora, who was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago, joined VPI to create awareness and stress the importance of early cancer detection.

“VPI received nearly 50,000 claims last year for cancer diagnosis and treatment, and through events like the Long Beach VPI K9K, we are committed to raising awareness and funds to fight this deadly disease,” said Scott Liles, Chief Pet Insurance Officer for VPI. “Our partnership with the ACF allows us to educate pet owners about the signs and symptoms of pet cancer, as well as the importance of being financially prepared should their pet be stricken with the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats.”

In addition to the funds raised at the Long Beach VPI K9K, for each new Facebook “Like” in November, VPI will donate $1 to the Animal Cancer Foundation, up to $20,000.

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About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the oldest and largest pet health insurance company in the United States. Since 1982, VPI has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. CareGuard® coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, nearly 3,000 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2012); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2012). Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit

About Animal Cancer Foundation

Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people. ACF provides research grants to medical and veterinary oncology professionals studying comparative oncology models. ACF does not fund studies that would induce cancer in pets. Clinical trials are offered to pet owners in their local oncology practices. ACF serves as a preeminent resource in educating the public and scientific communities to the value of the comparative oncology model not only to discover valuable new ways to treat cancer in pets, but that these advances may lead to more effective, less toxic therapies for people.

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