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On Friday, October 18, pet lovers across the greater-Detroit area will come together to raise funds for the Cliome Collins Cancer Fund.

Hosted by Oakland Veterinary Referral Services’ TEAR Foundation, at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, this elegant evening will offer guests the opportunity to support local pets in need of cancer treatment whose owners cannot afford it.

Tickets are just $75 and can be purchased here.

TEAR Foundation Event: An Exciting Evening for an Important Cause

This year’s Cliome Collins Cancer Fundraiser promises to be a night to remember. The evening will include:

  • Silent and live auctions, including a delightful Grand Hotel getaway, signed Miguel Cabrera memorabilia, and VIP Tigers Box Seats
  • Amazing table raffles
  • Bugaboo Whitt Memorial Raffle (available online)
  • Lucky Charms PAWfect Friends Raffle (available at the event)
  • Buffet dinner and cash bar

All proceeds from the evening will benefit TEAR Foundation’s Cliome Collins Caner Fund. This fund provides grant money for families in need of financial assistance in paying for their pet’s cancer treatment.

The Cliome Collins Cancer Fund

The Cliome Collins Cancer Fund is named in honor of the spirit and vitality of a special Maine Coon cat named Cliome, who was lost to intestinal adenocarcinoma in 2008.

After Cliome’s passing, her owner Sandra Collins and the oncology team at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services came together to found the Cliome Collins Cancer Fund as a part of TEAR Foundation, to help provide financial assistance to our oncology patients.

The Cliome Collins Cancer Fund is designated monies within TEAR Foundation. This provides support to qualified clients in need of financial assistance by providing grants to help supplement the cost of cancer treatment for their pet.

As this fund continues to grow, its future goals include:

  • Develop and support research that advances the prevention and treatment of cancer for pets

  • Sponsor the purchase of new cancer treatments or equipment to provide better treatment options for our animal cancer patients

What is TEAR?

Every year, hundreds, if not thousands, of families in the Detroit area have to make the choice between providing life-saving emergency treatment for their beloved pet or saying goodbye before they’re ready.

More often than not, the balance of that decision hinges on the financial considerations of the treatment needed versus the realities of the family’s pocketbook.

Luckily, the pets and pet owners of Southeastern Michigan have a resource to assist them when tragedy strikes. TEAR (The Emergency Animal Relief) Foundation is a community-supported assistance program founded by the veterinarians of OVRS to help pets and their families when they need it the most.

TEAR’s main objectives are:

  • To provide charitable funding for emergency medical care for sick and injured animals brought in by “Good Samaritans”

  • To provide support to qualified clients in need of financial assistance by providing emergency grants to help supplement the cost of care

  • To sponsor clinic research for the advancement of veterinary medicine

  • To enhance community education of veterinary medicine

To learn more about TEAR Foundation, please follow the link, email or call (248) 334-6877 Extension 279.

To volunteer for the Cliome Collins Cancer Fund fundraiser, or to donate auction items or become a sponsor, please contact Maria Wing or Dr. Michele Sauerbrey at or (248) 334-6877.