Memorializing Your Pets and Supporting Research
The Story of Miki
The Miki Society for Companion Animal Research offers an opportunity to memorialize pets while contributing to research that helps all companion animals. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences created the Miki Society in 1988, shortly after the death of its namesake. Miki was the first cat in the world to received a bone marrow transplant for a rare and fatal disease found in both cats and children. The disease, mucoploysaccaridosis (MIPS) VI, is a devastating illness that takes hope and life from the very young. Miki's transplant was the first ray of sunshine to many seeking to shed light on this insidious disease. Miki died three years after his transplant, becoming the longest surviving cat with MIPS. His spirit, and the pioneering medical research in which he participated, left behind a legacy which seeks to improve animal and human health through on-going research.
Miki Means Hope
Hope is what the Miki Society is all about. Hope that one day research will lead to new answers for vaccinations and prevention. Hope that one day our companion animals will live longer and healthier lives free of many of the devastating illnesses that affect not only them, but often their human companions was well.
The Miki Society is about hope, but it is hope based on action. Through the Miki Society, research that is funded at Colorado State University makes a difference in the lives of our pets.
Sammy was a very special Shar-pei. His owner Michael Crump has established a special fund at the college to make an effort to help cure many canine diseases.
"Almost scary smart. He could actually understand whole sentences. He would go to work with me every day and sit there in the front passenger seat like he knew that was where he was supposed to be. Sam loved to drive around looking for cows and horses. Can't tell you how many stampedes he caused. Oh, did I mention tennis balls? He was a collector. More than 300 and I still pick them up for him. On Saturday, October 23, 2004 Sammy started to experience seizures. With medication, they were gone and I began to think we now had many years ahead of us. But in April 2006 the problems recurred and the lumps appeared. Sammy passed away on July 12, 2006" - Michael Crump, Sammy's owner. Please make your donation online.