FETCH a Cure

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FETCH a Cure is a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for our pets. Helping People. Helping Pets.

Our vision is simple: A community where no one is denied a choice for their pet due to lack of options, education or funding.

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Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 01/08/2024

Meet Indigo, the first Companions in Crisis grant recipient of 2024.

Indigo was diagnosed with right medial retropharyngeal lymph node neoplasm and lung neoplasm. “Neoplasm" is another word for tumor. The recommended course of treatment for Indio is a lung lobectomy and followed by histopathology and chest imaging to determine further treatment plan.

Indigo's family wrote, "We would love for her to have more happy comfortable years with our little family."

We're honored to award Indigo $1,800 towards her treatment, and hope she has many many more good years with her family.


"It was so great to speak with others who had experienced the same depths of grief that I have and pretty identical reactions to things that happen in the process of letting your loved pet go."

The first in person Pet Loss Support Group of the year is scheduled for January 9th.

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/nFdVvikU8Jrg2JN4A

Thank you to sponsors Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic & Lovingkindness Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care.


Save these 2024 FETCH dates!

Every year, we strive to help more families, more pets. YOU can be a part of this - in fact, we're counting on you. The more people who know about FETCH, the better! We want to be a resource to people and pets who need us.

Mark our three signature events on your calendar, and keep an eye on our website and social media for community events and happenings throughout the year.

Have an idea of a community event that you think would be a good fit for FETCH? Email Kaicee at [email protected].

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 01/02/2024

We love our community partners! A huge thank you to Follow Me Dog Training LLC & Intermission Beer Company. We've just received final numbers from the Bingo Night and month-long fundraising and awareness campaign they hosted for National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. These incredible partners helped raise $2518.60. We're so thankful to everyone who was involved, and we cannot wait to see what community events 2024 brings.

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 01/01/2024

Kicking off 2024 is the inspiring story of Pixie's Pen Pals and the work the inmate handlers at Beaumont Correctional Facility have been doing. We're beyond grateful to everyone who has played a role in Pen Pals, and we cannot wait to add even more facilities and dogs to the program in 2024.

Watch the story here: https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/virginia-program-pairs-inmates-and-shelter-dogs-to-work-together-201084997691

A huge thank you to Kasey Herrera of 2SpeakDog for her continued time and effort in teaching the Handlers a comprehensive, tailored curriculum that covers everything from the bare b***d basics of pet care to complex canine and human psychology. Kasey has dedicated countless hours to Pen Pals for the last TEN years.

Thank you to Beaumont Correctional Facility for being so wonderful to work with, and for allowing Pen Pals into their facility.

And thank you to NBC for covering and sharing this story.

📸: Virginia Department of Corrections

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/31/2023

What a year 2023 has been! Because of our amazing FETCH Family, SIXTY FOUR Companions in Crisis grants have been awarded - that's more than ever before!

From community outreach events and Lumps & Bumps Clinics to Pet Cancer and Pet Loss Support Groups, the return of Pixie's Pen Pals and new steel dogs and cats, we're incredibly proud of and humbled by the work done this year.

You've made this all possible. We cannot wait to see what 2024 has to bring.


You give hope in the most difficult of times. We are continuously and forever grateful for you, because you all help FETCH grant cancer-battling, life-saving funds to pets and families when they need it the most.

"Not a cancer diagnosis. Shock and worries waved over me. How would I tell the kids? What should my next step be? With the guidance of my vet I contacted The Oncology Service Richmond. They further tested Sonic and deemed her a great candidate for chemotherapy. My heart sank when all the numbers came up as to affording such procedures."

These are the words Sonic's mom wrote in her Companions in Crisis application. These are words of stress and worry, heartache and sadness. But they don't end here. Because of your support, FETCH is able to provide support and funding to relieve some of the pressure.

Right now, you can double your donation thanks to a matching gift from Alex Glaser & The Glaser Group at Long & Foster Realtors. The next $1,500 in donations will be matched. Together, we can help fight companion animal cancer and make sure that even more lives are saved in 2024. Donate now: https://support.fetchacure.org/campaign/annual-fund/c476361

64 times this year FETCH has written to families, "On behalf of FETCH a Cure, we are pleased to be able to offer Sonic assistance with her cancer treatment." These exact words were also shared with Ace, Baby, Bentley, Brody, Chance, Chesney, Chewie, Chloie, Cooper, Denali, Domino, Doyle, Ellie, Fiaba, Griffin, Gunner, Izzy, Jack, Jada, Jake, Kalli, KBeaux, Kenseth, Ladybird, Leo, Loki, Lola, Lotti, Lucian, Max, Mella, Missy, Murphy, Nimbus, Nino, Peanut, Pete, Riddick, Rio, Rocco, Rockee, Roxanne, Roxy, Ruby, Rugby, Rusty, Sadie, Sheba, Sirius, Stella, Sonic, Tonka, Tonto, Trisket, Trudy, and Willow as they all bravely began their cancer journeys because they were granted funding assistance from FETCH.

In 2024, we have a goal to grant $200,000 in life-saving funds. Your gift today will ensure that.


"Knowing I am not alone and there are others who understand what I am going through and that it is okay to seek help and share," wrote a Pet Loss Support Group attendee.

The first Pet Loss Support Group of the year is scheduled for January 2nd. This meeting will be virtual.

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/nFdVvikU8Jrg2JN4A

Thank you to sponsors Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic & Lovingkindness Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care


Earlier this month, FETCH a Cure gave NBC correspondents a closer look at our rescue program, Pixie’s Pen Pals!

Stream the segment LIVE TONIGHT at 7:50pm and 9:50pm to meet the handlers and their rescue pups living and training together at Beaumont Correctional Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE2OzfQVJgw


Earlier this month, FETCH a Cure gave NBC correspondents a closer look at our rescue program, Pixie’s Pen Pals!

Stream the segment live TONIGHT at nbcnews.com/now and meet the handlers and their rescue pups living and training together at Beaumont Correctional Center.

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/28/2023

It's often said that you never get more time - it's a finite and very precious resource. But what if you could give someone more time?

Sugarfoot was given more time.

Sugarfoot first became part of the FETCH Family in 2019 when she entered the Pixie's Pen Pals Program. This soulful eyed two-year-old was placed with handlers at Buckingham Correctional Facility.

In December, Sugarfoot started limping on her back left foot. A tumor was found between her toes, and an excisional biopsy was recommended. While under anesthesia, it was determined that Sugarfoot had a much more aggressive type of cancer, liposarcoma, that had already spread to her lymph nodes. To prevent further spread of this rare type of cancer, Sugarfoot's entire left leg needed to be amputated.

With your help, FETCH supported Sugarfoot through her diagnosis and treatment. She became a favorite in the office, and often spent afternoons curled up next to a chair or under a desk.

Because the cancer was aggressive and had metastasized, Sugarfoot was originally supposed to be a hospice foster and was given six months to live. An amazingly kind hospice foster stepped up. Danielle and her family had a history of taking in pets who needed more, and Sugarfoot fit right into their hearts and home.

That was almost four years ago.

Incredibly, the surgical team got clean margins. And Sugarfoot is still with us. Now a permanent member of her former foster family, Sugarfoot lives on a beautiful farm with cats, goats, chickens, other dogs, and her humans.

Sugarfoot is safe, loved, and alive because of you. By making a year end gift right now, you ensure that all the Sugarfoot's to come get the chance and time they deserve. Give hope, give time: https://support.fetchacure.org/campaign/annual-fund/c476361

We received an update about Sugarfoot and wanted to share with you, "Sugar is a sweet as her name. She seeks attention from whomever enters the house and is equally kind to the myriad of cat and dogs that share her house. Sugar loves a short pack walk or a trip to Williamsburg.

We are so grateful she is doing so well and that we have gotten to love her all this time."


Companions in Crisis pup Baby (right) and her sisters Bella and Bernadette have been busy little elves! These sweet girls, with the help of their pawrents, have bene collecting toys and treats for Pixie's Pen Pals and Companions in Crisis care packages. They just dropped all their goodies off today!

Thank you to their parents who hosted donation drives at their Luck Stone and Colesville Nursery offices 💙

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/26/2023

When COVID hit and prison restrictions came into effect, the Pixie's Pen Pals Program was put on hold. In October of this year, after much anticipation and planning, the Pen Pals resumed! Gigi, Dallas, Zara, and Phoenix were ecstatically welcomed into Beaumont Correctional Facility.

Soon we'll add a second correctional facility in Fluvanna. We're incredibly excited for this partnership and cannot wait to see which new dogs will be joining as Pen Pals Pups!

Keep a close eye on our social media for updates on when the current Pen Pals Pups will be available for adoption, and for the welcoming of new arrivals.


Wishing you a day filled with love, family, and all the pet snuggles ❤️

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/24/2023

Sending you lots of warm and fluffy holiday vibes! What are your nice-list fur babies getting under the tree tomorrow? Give us a hint - we promise we won't tell them!

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/22/2023

On Monday, Jake became a Companions in Crisis. On Tuesday, he started his first cancer treatment.

Jake's mom wrote, "Jake has given our entire family love during difficult times. Now it's our turn to give all of our love and support back to our little guy."

Jake was diagnosed with high grade lymphoma. His family noticed swollen knots in his neck, and took him to the vet. His prognosis is good and we're optimistic he'll be feeling better soon.

Your donation right now means that when time is of the essence, FETCH can say, "Yes we can help right now. Take care of your little one." Help right now: https://support.fetchacure.org/campaign/annual-fund/c476361


You've probably seen Audrey and Tonto on FETCH's social media. Tonto became a Companions in Crisis a few months ago when he was diagnosed with two different kinds of cancer. His mom Audrey reached out to FETCH, and because of your support, we're so honored to have been able to grant Tonto funds towards his treatment.

Now Tonto and his mom are giving back to FETCH so that other dogs and cats can receive help when they need it the most. Audrey has become a great volunteer, helping spread the word about FETCH in Northern Virginia. She also started a Facebook fundraiser and raised $1,174 in funds!

Facebook and Instagram fundraisers are great ways to help FETCH reach more friends - you can help spread the word about FETCH and the support offered to families and pets in need, and you can help raise life-saving funds. There's still time to create a holiday or year-end social media fundraiser for FETCH. Every donation goes towards saving lives, and together we can fight companion animal cancer.

Thank you Audrey and Tonto!

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/20/2023

Meet Ellie. She just became a Companions in Crisis. Ellie was diagnosed with Stage 1 Insulinoma, which is a tumor in her pancreas. Ellie's best chance of beating cancer is to have the tumor surgically removed plus chemotherapy. Because of generous supporters and an amazing FETCH Family, we were able to grant Ellie $3,500 towards her surgery and chemo.

Our goal for 2024 is to grant over $200,000 in life-saving funds to pets in need. Your donation right now will help us start 2024 off strong. Please consider making a tax deductible, year-end donation now.

Ellie's dad said, "Since bringing Ellie home that first day, Ellie has been a pure joy and such good company to me since I live alone. She's always there for me, sleeping at end of my bed, waking me up with her tail wagging, and of course wanting her food, Ellie loves being outside, sitting in sun, chasing squirrels up trees and riding in my truck. Could not have asked for a better dog than Ellie.

The past nine years with Ellie have been a joy. She's a wonderful companion to me and I am so fortunate to have Ellie in my life. The news of her having cancer really hurts . The love I have for Ellie is so much that I'm determined to save her life, so she can live for years to come."


Join us for the final Pet Cancer Support Group meeting of 2023. If you or someone you know has a pet who has been diagnosed with cancer, we welcome you to the FETCH Family and would love to offer hope and support.

In addition to providing education and funding assistance for pet owners, we are here to offer support and hope. Our monthly virtual meetings give participants the opportunity to share their experience with others who are pursuing treatment for their pet or have been through the pet cancer journey in the past. This event is not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of information you receive from your pet’s veterinarian.

Please register here: https://forms.gle/89ZVMp9DDJ6XjnWFA

Please check our calendar of events for 2024 Pet Cancer Support Group and Pet Loss Support Group dates.

Thank you to sponsors The Oncology Service & James River Veterinary Surgery

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/18/2023

Meet Ace, a new Companions in Crisis. Ace was diagnosed with stage 3A high grade multicentric lymphoma. Ace is starting the CHOP therapy and we're honored to award him a $4,800 grant towards his treatment.

Lymphoma accounts for up to 24% of all canine neoplasias in the United States. Lymphoma usually arises in lymphoid tissues, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow, but can be found anywhere in the body. Multicentric lymphoma, which involves multiple lymph nodes and may also affect the spleen, liver, and/or bone marrow, accounts for approximately 80% of canine lymphoma cases.

We're sending Ace and his family all our good thoughts and love!

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/17/2023

Meet Phoenix, Pixie's Pen Pals newest addition! Phoenix just moved into Beaumont Correctional Facility, where he'll receive training and lots of attention before becoming available for adoption.

Stay tuned for more updates on Phoenix and the other Pen Pals dogs.

A huge thank you to our friends at Goochland Animal Shelter & Goochland Pet Lovers for being so amazing to work with and helping Phoenix!

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/16/2023

We had THE BEST staff and board holiday gathering! Thank you to Brambly Park for hosting us in an amazing yurt (so cute and cozy!). We'll definitely be back...

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/15/2023

Every year, FETCH launches a campaign near and dear to our hearts: Holiday Bone Treats.

This campaign goes back to the very beginning roots of FETCH and the dog who started it all, Hannah Holland. In July 2006, Hannah was diagnosed with nasal osteosarcoma of the skull. At the time, little information about her condition was available, and what information there was was hard to understand.

So Hannah's owner, Mike, teamed up with soon to be FETCH a Cure co-founders Ryan and Tonie. And thus, FETCH was started as a non-profit designed to raise awareness, to educate and provide pet owners greater access to information about pet cancer, senior care and treatment options.

Sarah and her dogs Bella and Gia have been a special part of this campaign for 6+ years. Sarah's lost two of her labs to cancer, and is passionate about FETCH's mission. Every holiday season, Sarah, Bella, & Gia order Holiday Bone Treats from FETCH and give them out to all the dogs in their neighborhood.

If you see a Rein-Dog and Bone Treats when you're out and about, please grab a bag of treats for your dog or for a friend's dog, and help spread hope and awareness.

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/14/2023

Thank you RedRidge Pet Market for hosting the last Lumps & Bumps Clinic of 2023! Dr. Waite of The Oncology Service performed 21 lumps & bumps checks. We loved meeting so many sweet pups and chatting with their parents. Keep an eye on our social media and newsletters for 2024 Lumps & Bumps Clinics and events.


Hurry hurry! Don't miss out on the limited number of FETCH holiday ornaments! Ornaments are $10 a piece or 4 for $30, with pickup at our Richmond office.

Ornaments were donated by the amazing Created By Catherine, which means 100% comes back to helping FETCH programs like Companions in Crisis. The holiday decor that saves lives 💙💚

Order below:
One ornament: https://fetch-a-cure.square.site/product/ornament-1-/62?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

Four ornaments: https://fetch-a-cure.square.site/product/ornament-4-/63?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/12/2023

When Brody's mom sent in his Companions in Crisis application, she wrote words that every single one of us who have ever loved an animal feels in our bones. With permission, we're sharing her note with you.

"I had never planned to get another black lab. Sammy, my first dog, was the perfect childhood dog, after all. And then Brody entered my life as my soul dog.

The years I’ve shared with Brody have been some of the most challenging of my life. Through it all, he’s been there to share a cuddle and give a kiss. He means the world to me. Brody is the reason I started my grooming business, thedoggielama.rva; I wanted people to receive the same care that I always sought for him.

His diagnosis was the rude reminder that our soul dogs can’t live forever, but we need to cherish the time we have with them. With the chemo, meds, and recommendations from our vet, we will manage his soft tissue sarcoma, and keep him pain-free to receive all the extra love he can.

My hope is that he will see my October wedding day—so he knows I’ll be taken care of and will have a family after he’s gone. Thank you for helping me fight for my best friend."

Make a gift now and ensure that no pet is denied life-saving cancer treatment due to lack of funds and give the priceless gift of more time.

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/12/2023

Mosaic Restaurant - Richmond is a longtime partner and friend of FETCH a Cure, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for our pets. Working with pet owners and the veterinary community, FETCH is furthering pet cancer awareness, education, and treatment.

In December, as part of their Festival of Cheer campaign in the River Road Shopping Center, Mosaic Restaurant hosted a Puppy Pancake event to raise awareness and funds for FETCH a Cure. The event boasted bone-shaped pancakes for dogs, two caricature artists, photos with Santa Paws taken by Wendy Humble Photography, hot cider, cookies, and special treats for all who attended. Over 50 pet owners met the FETCH team and were introduced to FETCH's mission in the community - a huge success!


Join us tomorrow at 5:30 for the last Pet Loss Support Group of 2023. Meetings are led by Dr. Leslie Greenberg, an experienced psychologist and member of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Families are invited to attend our group sessions to help work through the pain of losing a pet.

Please pre-register here: https://forms.gle/nFdVvikU8Jrg2JN4A

Thank you to our sponsors Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic & Lovingkindness Veterinary Hospice and Palliative Care

Photos from FETCH a Cure's post 12/11/2023

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Puppy Pancake Brunch at Mosaic Restaurant - Richmond! We loved meeting all the cute pups and talking to so many new friends about FETCH! An extra special thank you to Mosaic Catering & Events for putting so much work into such a fun filled event - Santa Paws, two caricature artists, puppy pancakes, popcorn, and music!

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