Can Social Online Networks Cure Canine Cancer?











Woburn, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2007 –

As an initiative aimed to fight canine cancer, PawSpot (http://www.pawspot.com), an online networking site for pet lovers, has joined forces with the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF) in their quest to eliminate cancer as a major health concern in dogs.

“Cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs. One out of every three dogs will get cancer and 50% of those will die,” according to Gary Nice, President of NCCF. “All breeds of dog are at risk – mine, yours, everyones. We have never been closer to finding a cure for cancer in dogs, but we need everyone’s help to accomplish that goal.”

At PawSpot.com, a dog photo contest called Paws For the Cure has been launched in an effort to incorporate the cutting edge concepts of community voting and social networking in an innovative way to raise money for the NCCF.

Paws For the Cure allows any person to enter a photo of their dog into the contest free of charge and then asks the community to vote for the photo that they like best. Votes cost $ 2 each with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity. Throughout the past month, members of the PawSpot community have entered over 600 photos into the contest and have worked hard to raise an impressive $ 3000.

“In the past decade, great advances have been made in human cancer research; however, canine cancer has not received the type of exposure that it deserves. PawSpot is aiming to use a futuristic community approach in a fun and creative way to help a good cause and lend a hand in solving this deadly disease,” says Mark Roberge, CEO of PawSpot.

Incentive for participation in this contest is high due to the spectacular prizes available to the 10 entrants whose photos have attracted the largest number of donations by 12AM (EST) on June 1, 2007. The prizes, which have been estimated to value over $ 5,000, range in size from free dog food for a year donated by Blue Buffalo Dog Food, Dave’s Pet Food, Evo Pet Food, and Nutro Pet Food, to a free year of Embrace Pet Insurance, a Fauna Sauna Pet Sauna, Dogswell Treats, Pet 1 Patio Door, dog clothing from Sweet Pea, Biscuit and Jam, dog grooming supplies by Isle of Dogs, gift baskets of pet products by Westport, and pet toys by Tuffies.

Knowing these alarming statistics for canine cancer; PawSpot has made it their priority to help the NCCF find cures, better treatments and better diagnostics when dealing with canine cancer. Paws For the Cure is an easy and fun way to support a wonderful cause while competing for great prizes. Guidelines for the Paws For the Cure contest are available online at http://www.pawspot.com/gallery/contest/nccf/.

About PawSpot:

Pawspot (http://www.pawspot.com) is a virtual pet park where pet lovers can find a friend to care for their pet while they are away, organize a pet play-date with a neighbor, exchange advice on local service providers such as vets or pet shops, and learn about pet-friendly events and organizations in the area.

PawSpot’s focus is on local communities and is using the internet to bring together pet owners in these areas.

Contact:

Mark Roberge

PawSpot CEO

mark @ pawspot.com

(781) 933-0074

http://www.pawspot.com

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