‘Smile for a Cure’ to Fight Canine Cancer


TailSnaps Pet Portraits (by NikRaye Photography) is pleased to announce participation in this year’s  Smile For A Cure, a nationwide fundraiser for canine cancer research.  During the months of August and September, photographers across the country are donating their session fees to the National Canine Cancer Foundation in an effort to find a cure for this devastating illness.

One in three dogs is afflicted with some form of cancer, and of those, 50% do not survive.  Anyone who’s ever lost a beloved dog to cancer knows just how cruel and heartbreaking this disease is.  Ananda and I have lost three of our own senior rescue dogs to cancer — G’Kar, Jesse and Maggie — and two of our dearest client dogs, Roxy and Nene.  Another dear client dog, Ted, is a fortunate survivor, cured of his intestinal fibrosarcoma through surgery and holistic medicine.  He has been cancer free now for over a year.

Smile for a Cure sessions will be scheduled during each weekend throughout August and September and appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sessions will be on-site, either at your home or at an alternative location.  I am also working on setting up full-day sessions at a local retailer.  Stay tuned for more details on the dates, times and location.

The $125 session fee is fully tax-deductible — 100% of the fee will donated directly to the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.  To reserve a session date, please use the contact form on this blog to schedule an appointment.  All photographic prints, albums, CDs and image files will be available for separate purchase.

If you do not live in the San Francisco South Bay or Peninsula areas, you can find participating photographers in your city or state on the Smile For A Cure website.

The ‘Smile for a Cure’ campaign was founded by dog lover and photographer, Nunthany Johnson, in memory of her dog Max who passed away from cancer in 2009. She has already raised over $3,000 for the NCCF. Check out her fundraising page on the NCCF website:

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