DURHAM, Calif., April 5, 2017 – "Enloe," a yellow Labrador puppy who will begin training as a cancer-detection dog, is now with his new family, the Hunts of Durham, Calif.
The puppy arrived Monday night and is now settling into his new home. Once he does, "Enloe" will begin training with the Chico-based In Situ Foundation, a pioneer in the study of a dog's ability to detect cancer.
The 10-week-old puppy will live with the Hunts, Jeff and Traci and their two sons, and "Enloe" will be theirs to keep. Both Jeff and Traci have personal experiences with cancer.
Enloe Medical Center sponsored the puppy and offered its employees the ability to apply to adopt him as their own. Traci works at Enloe, and the Hunts met all the criteria.
The family will be responsible for taking "Enloe" to his training at the In Situ Foundation, which will last one year to 18 months. Readers can follow "Enloe's" training at www.enloe.org/enloethedog.
Enloe Medical Center has partnered with the In Situ Foundation since 2015 to support its research in the study of dogs detecting cancer. For many years, In Situ Founder and CEO Dina Zaphiris has developed medical protocols for the selection, handling and training of canines for early cancer detection.
Enloe Medical Center's involvement is focused on helping Zaphiris increase the number of trainers who teach dogs how to sniff cancer, resulting in more studies around the world to further her research in the medical community.
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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call (530) 332-7300 or visit us online at www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.