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We are a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Many charitable organizations exist to provide care for strays, abused pets, and relinquished or abandoned pets, but there are few alternatives for pets belonging to otherwise loving and responsible owners who simply are unable to pay for an unexpected illness.
The Veterinary Cancer Foundation was started by Dr. Shaw in 1996 with a mission to save pets with cancer. But the reach and mission of the foundation was broader -- to raise money and help pets who would otherwise suffer without proper care or be euthanized due to their families’ lack of financial resources.
In 2008, the foundation’s name was changed to Frankie’s Friends to honor Frankie, a beautiful greyhound, cherished by the Edward DeBartolo family of Tampa, Florida, who rescued her from the world of dog racing. Born in 1996, Frankie died in 2006. She had been treated at Florida Veterinary Specialists since 2000 for both heart disease and cancer.
The DeBartolo family has been among the foundation’s most generous supporters.