Tripawds members from around the world will meet in Virginia with their amputee dogs.
At least one in four pets will die from cancer, and a great percentage of those dogs and cats will
have a limb amputated because of the disease. May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and
campaign efforts of the Tripawds Foundation will culminate Memorial Day weekend in
Richmond, Virginia with a gathering of pet parents from around the globe who have personally
cared for three legged pets that lost a leg to cancer or for other reasons.
More than two dozen members of the Tripawds support community have confirmed attendance
at the meet-up taking place on:
- Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28
- 3:00 - 8:00 PM
- Rockwood Dog Park. 3401 Courthouse Rd, Richmond Virginia.
Attendees are traveling from as far away as Colorado, California, Germany, and England. Many will be bringing their three legged dogs with them.
WHAT IS TRIPAWDS?
Tripawds.com is the largest online support community for amputee animals and their people,
founded by Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano in 2006. The Tripawds network hosts helpful pet
amputation resources, popular discussion forums, a live chat room and 1,000+ free three
legged dog and cat blogs, with more than 13,000 registered members.
The couple created the website when their dog Jerry lost a limb to osteosarcoma. They were
featured in the PBS documentary Nature: Why We Love Cats and Dogs in 2009. Nelson and
Agredano will be present at the Virginia "Tripawds Party" with current Tripawds spokesdog
Wyatt Ray, a three legged German Shepherd Dog who lost his leg to neglect as a puppy.
What is the Tripawds Foundation?
The Tripawds Foundation is a 501c3 public charity formed in 2014 with the mission to help
three legged pets and their people everywhere. The foundation hosts a free toll-free Helpline for
anyone facing a limb cancer diagnosis or amputation for their pets, and provides free outreach
materials to vet clinics. Current assistance programs include veterinary financial aid, free
assistive devices for families in need, reimbursement for vet rehabilitation services and more.
"It is both uplifting and disturbing to see how large Tripawds has grown over the years," says
Nelson. "No animal should suffer when losing a limb," he adds, "and we are honored to now
have a global support community for their people, since they tend to need more help during
recovery than the dogs and cats do."
For more details or request interviews please contact:
Jim Nelson or Rene Agredano
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