The DCCFund was created by Zuke’s founder, Patrick Meiering, and his brother Chris Meiering, director of marketing, in 2007, after their childhood dog and, more recently, Zuke, the namesake of Zuke’s dog and cat treats, died of canine cancer.
“Zuke’s donates a portion of all product sales to the Dog and Cat Cancer fund,” Chris Meiering said. “We invest in this organization because we passionately believe that the ability to pay one’s vet bills shouldn’t be a factor in giving pets a fighting chance against this terrible disease.”
With Zuke’s support, the DCCFund has been able to increase the annual grant amount per pet from $700 in 2007, to $1,200 in 2011 and most recently to $1,500 in 2013.
The DCCFund estimates they will be able to help a record 100 pets this year alone, up from 42 in 2011 and 69 in 2012.
Since its inception, the DCCFund has helped a total of 250 dogs and cats nationwide.