Tiger Giving Day


By Mike Jernigan

Thank you for your support!

With your help, we not only met, but exceeded our goals for all three 2020 Tiger Giving Day projects supporting Vet Med programs. Through funding The Gene Machine’s breast cancer research, helping feed our fine feathered friends at the Southeastern Raptor Center and supporting Sister Sally’s newly born litter of heroes-in-training in the Canine Performance Sciences program, your gifts make a difference. It is alumni, donors and friends like you that make what we do possible. Thank you for your support this Tiger Giving Day and every day.

The Results

Canine Performance Sciences

$36,745

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
298 Donors

In Canine Performance Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, we raise and train puppies to save lives. We are advancing canine detection technology to produce the most superior and capable detection dogs in the world.

It’s expensive to raise a hero. While they are in our program, our puppies eat more than 23,000 pounds of food. The cost to raise one puppy is more than $17,000.

We have a new litter of Auburn puppies and your support will be used to raise and train them—and help fund innovation in canine detection technology.

The Auburn DogTM can detect dangerous devices and substances in public spaces like airports and stadiums. These canine heroes
are so sensitive, they have been effective in locating underground microscopic tree root fungi and detecting Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades.

The Gene Machine

$17,075

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
214 Donors

The Gene Machine travels all over Alabama, reaching out to individuals and family members whose loved ones have been affected by breast cancer. Tiger Giving Day support helps us reach parts of the state

that we haven’t visited so we can continue to provide genetic screening and counseling to Alabamians.

The idea behind The Gene Machine is simple—when it comes to breast cancer, genetic testing saves lives.

The Gene Machine is part of a research project that seeks to find which genes may be linked to breast cancer risk. This information can save lives and is sadly lacking for women who are not of European descent.

Your gift keeps our pink bus rolling toward more knowledge and a better understanding of what puts people at risk. Your gift is a step in the fight to help sisters, daughters, wives, moms and friends from falling victim to breast cancer. You might even save a life.

Southeastern Raptor Center

$27,800

Raised toward our $20,000 Goal
222 Donors

Auburn University’s Southeastern Raptor Center is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and provides care for more than 300 raptors annually. Our mission is to provide the highest quality medical care and rehabilitation for wild raptors, support raptor conservation efforts, expand the public’s knowledge about raptors, inspire their passion for raptor ecosystems and embody the Auburn spirit.

One of our critical needs is a walk-in freezer to provide a centralized location for raptor food storage.

Each year, we order more than 12,000 pounds of food at a cost of over $70,000. Because we do not have one large freezer, we store this food in four different freezers in two different buildings. A walk-in freezer will free up much-needed space

in our buildings and reduce the frequency of food orders.

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