Humane Society throws party to celebrate dog being one year ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ-free

The San Diego Humane Society’s medical team celebrated the one-year ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ-free anniversary Friday of a former sᴛʀᴀʏ dog named Phoenix with a “pawty.”

Held at the Pilar & Chuck Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine, the festive event included “a peanut butter cake, hats, cheers and, of course, lots of hugs and kisses for the star patient,” Humane Society officials said in a news release.

A 4-year-old St. Bernard/shepherd mix, Phoenix is considered “near and dear to the hearts of many staff at San Diego Humane Society.” San Diego Humane Society said that Phoenix arrived to them on Nov. 5, 2020 as a stray.

“The sweet dog was ᴍᴀʟɴᴏᴜʀɪsʜᴇᴅ, flea-infested and had ᴍɪssɪɴɢ fur. The veterinary team at San Diego Humane Society diagnosed Phoenix with TVT (Transmissible Venereal Tumor), a malignant ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴛᴜᴍᴏʀ,” said in a press release from SD Humane Society.

Under the care of the SDHS’ medical team, Phoenix received chemotherapy treatments at the Bahde Center for Shelter Medicine. After 13 treatments, nearly all his tumors ᴡᴇʀᴇ ɢᴏɴᴇ, but two remained. He then received a cutting-edge electrochemotherapy treatment thanks to Dr. Colleen Tansey of the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.

“Sometimes it truly takes a village to help the animals and that’s exactly what happened in Phoenix’s case,” said Danielle Clem, DVM, hospital director at SDHM’s San Diego Campus. “Not only did we have an expert come from Los Angeles to help us, we had an incredible foster family who made sure Phoenix was comfortable in between treatments and the entire medical team at San Diego Humane Society involved in his care.”

Thanks to the amazing care he received, Phoenix is now ᴄᴀɴᴄᴇʀ-free: April 1 marked the official one-year anniversary. So his old friends at the SDHS medical team knew they had to do something special to celebrate. They threw a lavish “pawty” for their beloved former patient, complete with a peanut butter cake and lots of gifts for the man of the hour.

“Phoenix is a big dog with an even bigger personality,” said Colette Troughton, a veterinary assistant at San Diego Humane Society, who helped put on the pooch’s anniversary party. “He inspires me to see the good in everyone, and I feel so lucky to get to spend my days with him. I am forever grateful for all the caretakers that showered him with love and made his recovery possible.”

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