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2 Million Dogs — Our Mission

Posted by Erich Trapp on March 13, 2013


Our Mission

2 Million Dogs Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and our ongoing commitment is discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. Our organization is accomplishing that mission in the following ways:

Education and Awareness
The field of comparative oncology is relatively new and 2 Million Dogs continues to educate people about its tremendous potential through a global campaign of strategic partnerships, seminars, speaking engagements, social media, events, broadcasts, and other forms of media.

Empowerment and Mobilization
Through our The Puppy Up! Walks, we are building the largest pet and people cancer community in the world; from business people to artists to scientists and humanitarians, we are forging partnerships with individuals and institutions with the singular purpose of ridding the world of one of its deadliest diseases.

Investment in Research
2 Million Dogs scientific objectives are: Broadening our understanding of the links between human and companion animal cancer, creating a cross institutional collaborative platform, developing new approaches to research, and funding translational cancer studies that benefit both pets and people.

About Cancer

Like people, companion animals develop cancer – they get brain, breast, bone and lung cancer; lymphoma, and melanoma just to name a few, and scientists have discovered that the malignant cells are biologically comparable between humans and our companion animals.

Furthermore, cats and dogs are exposed to the same environmental risks, so if we hope to eradicate cancer there is tremendous potential in forming a partnership between pets and people.

Benefits of Comparative Oncology

There is a large population of cats and dogs with pre-existing cases of cancer

Cancer occurs in pets within years compared to decades in humans

Veterinarian Oncologists believe there are between 4 and 8 million new cases of cancer in companion animals every year. Most of those never receive adequate care or treatment.

Increasing the number of comparative oncology studies means more and more dogs and cats will have access to the latest treatments.

It’s important to note – comparative oncology studies do NOT involve animal testing. The companion pets that participate have naturally occurring cancer  ̶  the cancer has already developed in the animal; it was not induced. This means that one of the potential long-term benefits of these studies could be reducing our reliance on animal testing.

pupperDo You Know The 10 Early Warning Signs?

Love your dog? Learn the 10 L’s


Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous in dogs. There are sebaceous cysts, lipomas, and warts, all of which are benign. But if you detect a growth on your dog it’s important to have it checked out by a veterinarian and, if warranted, aspirated and biopsied.


Scratches and abscesses are not uncommon for the normal, active dog but the sores that don’t heal can be of concern.


Bone cancer is typically found in larger breed dogs like Great Danes, Bernese Mountain dogs, Rottweilers, Boxers, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, and Great Pyrenees, and the primary early indication is prolonged limping or favoring a limb or side. Other types of cancers can also cause persistent lameness.

Loss of Appetite

If your dog shows no interest in eating or their daily consumption has declined for several days, take them to a vet.


Tiring out easily, unwillingness to exercise and loss of interest in normal daily activities can be an early sign of cancer.

Loss of Weight

Not to be confused with loss of appetite. Cachexia, or emaciation, is often associated with cancer and can occur even if your dog is still eating normally. So if your dog is inexplicably losing weight, consult a veterinarian.

Loud Odor

A very strong and offensive smell can sometimes be a byproduct of tumors in the mouth and nasal cavity.

Loss of Normal Body Functions

Dogs having difficulty voiding or defecation or unusual urine or feces should be looked at.

Loss of Blood, Bleeding or Bloody Discharge

Blood present in vomit, stool, and nasal discharge are cause for serious concern and although not always telltale signs of cancer, your dog should be examined as soon as possible.

Labored Breathing

Abnormal respiration or respiratory distress can be a symptom of cancers in dogs.


Come and get involved!   To find out more about the 2 Million Dogs Foundation, our nationwide Walks, our yearly calendar, our other fund-raising events, and the research our efforts support, please visit our web page

And please come join us on Facebook, follow the adventures of Hudson and Indy, and follow us on Twitter

For more information, please contact us by writing to our Executive Director, Ginger Morgan, at ginger@2milliondogs.org.

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