The Next Generation of Cancer Research

Join us in the Shine On Challenge until we have the answers that will change the lives of dogs diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma forever.

The genesis of this unique opportunity started with long-time Golden Retriever fancier Catherine Meddaugh, who offered the Golden Retriever Foundation as a donor challenge to address hemangiosarcoma. Cathy’s precious Golden Retriever, Shine, had been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma.

Your donation to the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation is appreciated. Use your Visa or MasterCard credit card to make your donation.


Our 3 Year Goal is $118,000.00
Dr. Jaime Modiano will serve as Principal Investigator, building upon his 2005 research to develop a diagnostic test to detect hemangiosarcoma cell in canine blood samples, and introducing a novel drug which attacks the hemangiosarcoma cancer stem cells.

The Foundation is extremely proud to have played a vital role in the early development of the diagnostic test enabling the detection of hemangiosarcoma cells circulating in the blood. This patented test is perfectly poised to be an integral part in this exciting new research project into detection and treatment of hemangiosarcoma.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the Foundation along with the Golden Retriever Foundation and American Boxer Charitable Foundation are funding this joint research project. Together, we have promised a support level of $472,000. The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports the funding of this effort and will oversee the administration of funds and scientific progress reporting. This exciting new research project starts January 1, 2016.

The goal is to develop two technologies that will allow researchers to diagnose hemangiosarcoma in the early stages and to treat the disease before it reaches the crisis point.

Like so many of our beloved Portuguese Water Dogs, Shine lost his battle with hemangiosarcoma. Our joint commitment to him, and to PWDs like Perry, Jazz, Chessie, Sam, and far too many others, is to build on the foundational research that you have generously helped fund in the past and to ensure researchers have the continued support they need to take us into a future where we can both diagnose and treat this deadly disease.

Join with us today to Shine On!