Medical Detection Dog Training

Why Medical Detection Dogs?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death. One in three people will get cancer. Finding cancer early significantly increases survival and is the best available “cure” we can have today. There is no medical test that catches cancer early, and most cancers have no screening test at all. In addition, the tests we currently have often give a high number of false positives, or subject people to radiation, unnecessary biopsies and stress. 


There remains a great need for a low-cost, non-invasive, highly accurate screening test for cancer.  

What's the Answer?

We have an answer right in many of our own homes- dogs. Dogs have demonstrated amazing ability and accuracy to detect cancer and other diseases at earlier stages than any current diagnostic medical tests we have to date. Dogs have been proven in over 500 studies to date to be more sensitive and more specific than any current diagnostic machine. The potential for dogs to contribute to a medical diagnostic system is indisputable. The time to begin using our oldest and most trusted collaborators, the dog, is now. 

The In Situ Foundation (www.dogsdetectcancer.org) is at the forefront of this science, pioneering the way to a better diagnostic test for cancer. They have developed the scientific protocols needed to train medical scent detection dogs and their handlers. They have created a certification program for dog trainers to gain this crucial skill using these protocols.

“The dogs are doing something that our most advanced machines and tests can’t do.”

          —Dr. Peter Belafsky, UC Davis

               department of Otolaryngology. 

“We stand on the precipice of a major paradigm shift adding olfaction to our diagnostic approach.” 

           —Dr. Hilary Brodie, UC Davis

In November of 2016, I traveled to California where the In Situ Foundation is based and I participated in this intensive 6-day course. Along with becoming certified to train medical detection dogs, this program prepared me to approach, engage and collaborate with local medical establishments and present potential research initiatives to medical professionals and universities to be able to conduct clinical trials in this budding yet vital field that can help save lives.

Cancer has always been in my life in one way or anther- not only from losing two dear cats and two wonderful dogs to this disease, but my mother passed away from cancer when I was 10 years old. Seeing her go in and out of the hospital, losing her hair from the chemotherapy and getting weaker and weaker over the course of six months was very hard on my family, but I could not imagine what she went through.

Cancer treatments have come a long way since then, but being able to help at least one person not have to go through that would be worth it.

Our goal is to be able to save thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of lives, by creating a form of screening for cancer that is indisputable. Finding cancer at an early stage is the best cure we have to date. And by training shelter dogs in need of homes to detect cancer, we will be saving their lives as well. 

You can make a difference now by supporting this mission. I am raising funds to help with the funding of my training center and research clinic. Please consider donating to this incredible mission.

I have formed a non-profit corporation called "A Sniff Away Foundation". I am in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. Contributions made before approval are generally tax deductible retroactively once approval has been granted.

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