Woman raises £25,000 after dog beats cancer

PUBLISHED: 08:50 05 July 2015

Jayne May holds Zoe's birthday cake alongside Steve Tasker.

Jayne May holds Zoe's birthday cake alongside Steve Tasker.

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A Nailsea dog-lover raised £25,000 in just five months for an animal charity to thank professionals for saving her golden retriever’s life when her pet was diagnosed with cancer.

Jayne May told the Times that 14-year-old Zoe’s survival was a ‘one in a million’ shot and chose to support the Animal Health Trust as a result.

Jayne said: “I just happened to notice her glands were swollen. She was 12 years old (at the time) so I was used to feeling a few lumps and bumps on her and I always had them checked. But this was different.”

She took Zoe to Watkins & Tasker veterinary practice in Portishead.

Jayne said: “I was devastated when Steve Tasker told me Zoe had stage three lymphoma.

“I had a split second decision to make. I knew the odds of recovery weren’t great but I trust Steve and the team 100 per cent.

“I knew we could not be in better hands so I agreed to start the treatment straightaway. I owe everything to Steve. ”

Two years on and Zoe is free of cancer after a successful chemotherapy programme.

Jayne appealed to other pet owners to donate money and prizes for an auction and raised £25,000.

She said: “Thanks to Steve and the amazing veterinary team at Watkins & Tasker we are one of the lucky ones. But for every Zoe there are thousands which don’t make it.

“It’s heartbreaking and I was determined to do something about it.

“Our aim was to raise £5,000, but word spread, helped by the support of high-profile personalities such as Paul O’Grady who talked about the campaign on his BBC Radio 2 show.”

The money was presented at the charity’s base in Cambridge and will fund research into canine cancer.


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