Veterinarians help fight cancer

Published 9:00 pm Saturday, September 29, 2012

Staff members at the North Suffolk Animal Clinic and Churchland Animal Clinic will participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Bark for Life” fundraiser Sept. 30 in Virginia Beach.

The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the society’s office, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach.

The event includes a one-mile walk with dogs, a pet costume contest, working dog demonstrations and more.

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The annual event brings together animal lovers to improve cancer research.

“As veterinarians and pet owners, we see every day the difference that pets can make in the lives of patients who are sick with cancer or other illnesses,” said the veterinary staff at North Suffolk Animal Clinic. “A dog is truly man’s best friend. Dogs are incredibly loyal and never judge an owner if his appearance changes or abilities change because he has cancer. The ‘Bark for Life’ walk is a celebration of the special bond that our dogs share with their human families.”

The clinic staff says that supporting the cause is truly a rewarding experience, according to a press release. They also stressed the importance of the animal clinics being active in the community.

The two veterinary hospitals have raised nearly $1,000 in support of Bark for Life. Pet owners may join the veterinary hospitals at the event or contribute by calling the clinics at 292-4108 for the North Suffolk Animal Clinic or 292-4107 for the Churchland Animal Clinic.