Denver Dogs Have Their Day at Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

Participants Raise Nearly $17,000 for Pet Cancer Research at the Fourth Annual Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

Brea, Calif. (June 9, 2014) – More than two hundred people and their pooches came out to Washington Park in Denver, Colo. on June 8 to support and raise funds for pet cancer research at the fourth annual Denver VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, hosted the 3K (1.8 miles) walk, which raised nearly $17,000 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 nearly $200,000 to benefit the ACF.

“VPI has helped the Animal Cancer Foundation generate public awareness and advocacy for comparative oncology research,” said Barbara Cohen, executive director, ACF. “Now in its fourth year, the Denver VPI K9K Cancer Awareness Walk grows in popularity, allowing ACF to provide financial support of researchers studying animal cancer, bringing about happier futures for families and their animal companions, and inspiring hope for the future of cancer treatment.

Among the participants at the Denver VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk was television personality, Kevin Fitzgerald, DVM, PhD, and his Chihuahua, Yoda. Dr. Fitzgerald, ABVP Staff Veterinarian at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, served as Grand Marshal of the walk for the second straight year, and is helping to create awareness and stress the importance of early cancer detection. Dr. Fitzgerald is also on the Board of Directors of the Denver Zoo and the past president of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.

“VPI received more than 63,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013, and we’re committed to increasing awareness about the prevalence of this deadly disease among companion animals,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Through our partnership with the ACF, we are able to raise funds and 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 disease.”

To promote pet cancer awareness and research, VPI will host a second K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk this year on Sunday, Nov. 9 in Long Beach, Calif.

To learn more about pet cancer and tips for detecting pet cancer, go to For more information about the Animal Cancer Foundation, please visit

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With more than 500,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency (VPI) is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies and is the first 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, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers 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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