Blue Buffalo raises $2.4 million

Wilton-based pet food company Blue Buffalo and the national chain Petco announced this week they had raised $2.4 million for pet cancer research during their fifth annual fund-raising drive.

This represents the highest amount raised by the company in the past five years, and well exceeded their goal of $2 million raised.

“We are overwhelmed by this response,” said Bill Bishop, founder of Blue Buffalo. “I want to thank all of Blue Buffalo’s pet parents and everyone else who made this our most successful Pet Cancer Awareness month ever. This issue is very personal to us at Blue Buffalo. Our family dog Blue had three bouts with cancer, which is why we wanted to do something meaningful to help find a cure for this devastating disease.”

During the month of May, for each bag of BLUE dog or cat food purchased at Petco stores across the country, Blue Buffalo donated one dollar to the fund. Money raised will fund efforts like the Morris Animal Foundation’s 5-5-5 Initiative, which will conduct five annual clinical trials on osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer in dogs, and a form of cancer that also affects children.

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