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Foundation helps dogs with cancer

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Tina Hatin is the founder of Emma's Foundation, an organization that benefits sick dogs.

 "We started our foundation about three and a half years ago after we lost our yellow lab Emma to bone cancer. And we realized then how difficult it was to treat them in regards to cost," said Hatin.  

Emma's Foundation helps pet owners in New England pay the bill for canine cancer treatments and operations, which can cost tens of thousands.

"It's very prevalent. We get at least two applications a week unfortunately," says Hatin.  

Hatin says dogs get cancer just like humans can. All the money raised will go to helping dogs with cancer.

"Particularly in those cases where it's treatable and the dog might have a very high likelihood of a good outcome and surviving and having a high quality of life afterwards. It's important to be able to treat those animals," says Ryan Norton from Play Dog Play. 

 According to Emma's Foundation, cancer affects one in three dogs. Some of the early warning signs for canine cancer are difficulty breathing, weight loss, and sores that don't heal. Tina Hatin urges pet owners to check their four-legged friends often.

 "Check your pet for lumps and bumps and make sure you check inside their mouth. It's all important. People just forget, life gets in the way, but it's so important," says Hatin. 

Emma's Foundation officials say the organization has helped save more than 150 pooches so far. Eventually Hatin hopes to help cats with cancer, too.

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