Raise Your Paw

Support Canine Comparative Oncology



Our pet dogs get cancer – lots of it. Great veterinary medical centers are teaming up with leading cancer centers to help dogs and humans declare Victory Over Cancer®. To explore similarities and differences between human and canine cancers, researchers study canine comparative oncology. Beneficiaries of this approach include human patients and canine patients (along with their owners).


Humans and dogs are 85% genetically similar. Canine tumors can share multiple characteristics with human cancers, including responses to specific therapies. Clinical trials in tumor-bearing pets can decrease time, cost and false leads by accelerating research development. Our goal is faster and less costly drug therapies, as well as better informed clinical trial designs for both species.


For further information, please call (919) 380-9505 or e-mail [email protected].

ESPN Bark in the Park at Dunkin Donuts Park

In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), ESPN will host a day of dog competitions for more than 90 dogs for a program to air on ESPN2.

“ESPN Bark in the Park” will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut. Dogs will take over the field and take part in spectator-friendly dog sports where the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team play their home games.

Tickets for “ESPN Bark in the Park” are $10 and can be purchased online. Proceeds will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research’s “Raise Your Paw” campaign, which funds collaborative research between veterinary medical centers and leading cancer centers. The goal is to help advance treatments for both human patients and pet dogs with cancer.

“ESPN Bark in the Park” will air on National Dog Day, (Thursday, Aug. 26), at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2, with highlights from the Meet the Breeds event streaming on the ESPN App beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN SportsCenter anchors Toni Collins and Gary Striewski will be onsite to call the events, along with the hosts of National Geographic’s Critter Fixers, Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrance Ferguson.

Meet Huck

Huck is a two-and-a-half-year-old beloved boxer who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, similar to a human gliobastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

Today, Huck is participating in a new clinical trial that is not only extending his life, but also giving valuable insight into a possible new treatment for human patients with glioblastomas, malignant tumors within the central nervous system.

The cancer treatment has been a total win. People get to know what an awesome dog Huck is, and through research, he is helping other dogs and people. Huck is a small part of a bigger picture that can hep save people’s lives.

Robyn Porter, Huck's owner

Read more about Huck’s story