Mission Statement

Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a feline or canine companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment. As of 2022, Magic Bullet Fund has helped 830 pets and their owners.

Magic Bullet Fund provides assistance when a family is unable to pay for treatment and the pet would not be able to have treatment without our assistance; and when we can reasonably believe that the treatment may add a year of quality life for the pet. This is determined by the treating veterinarian, and our Review Panel of vets, vet techs and clinic managers. 

Laurie, founder and administrator of the fund, says:

“During my dog Bullet’s chemotherapy treatments, I met many people who had a pet with cancer, loved their pet, but could not afford to pay for cancer treatments. This was heartbreaking.

I founded the Magic Bullet Fund to help these people and give their pets a chance to survive cancer. We have helped 800+ pets and their families so far!

Without the truly amazing volunteers below, Magic Bullet Fund would not be able to remain open!”

Founder, Laurie Kaplan

Masters of Science (Counseling), MSC

Member, Dog Writers Association of America

Member, Cat Writers Association of America

Former Editor, Catnip Newsmagazine, Tufts Vet School

Co-founder, Volunteer program SPCA Westchester NY

Author: Help Your Dog Fight Cancer: Empowerment for dog owners

Author: So Easy to Love, So Hard to Lose: A Bridge to healing before and after the loss of a pet

Ask Laurie consultations for pets with cancer and for Pet Loss

Laurie grew up in NY. She graduated from Ripon College, WI, and received a BS in English literature and minor in medicine. She then took a one-year Animal Pathobiology program at University CT, hoping to attend vet school. She worked as a veterinary assistant for a year, then abandoned that course and pursued a career in writing and publishing. 

Laurie was a cat lover until she met Bullet. With Bullet, she awoke to the joys of owning a dog! He was the love of her life, the dog of her dreams. They especially enjoyed weekends in northern NY for dogsledding.

Laurie lives in New York with husband Mike, Siberian husky Stone and Pitbull-Shepherd mix Puck. 

When not running the fund or writing books, Laurie enjoys tennis, Bridge, hiking and gardening.

The Original Magic Bullet

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In 1992, I adopted an 18-month-old Siberian husky named Bullet at the SPCA. True to the breed, he was willful and ornery, smart and demanding. His objective in life was to escape and run free. I fell completely in love!

In 2000, at 9 years old, Bullet was diagnosed with lymphoma. He survived 4+ years past his diagnosis. On November 20, 2004,  at almost 14 years old, my Magic Bullet went to the Rainbow Bridge. I lost him to old age; the cancer did not return. 

I wrote the book “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer” to help others who have a dog with cancer and to share the story of Bullet’s odyssey.

After such a long remission from lymphoma and a 2-year survival with dilated cardiomyopathy,  Bullet’s veterinarians called him “the Magic Bullet.” When I opened the fund, I named it the Magic Bullet Fund, in honor of my little boy.

Bullet was one shining moment that graced my life for 12 years, 2 months and a day. Bullet’s legacy is the Magic Bullet Fund, providing financial assistance to people who have a dog or cat with cancer but can’t afford treatment costs. 


Debbie Lemone

Case Manager

Tezra Stovall


Mari Whitaker

Subscriber liaison

Nicole Murray

Board Chair, Review Panelist

Susan Neal


Nancy Hill

Case Manager

Dr. Bruce Silverman

Medical Director, Review Panel

Dawn Gerard

Campaign Programmer

Nicole Jerner

Media Manager

Elizabeth Roberts


Mike Bornstein

Database Manager

Mindy Faulkner

Review Panelist

Sabrina West


Emily Mills

Volunteer Coordinator

Liz Hood

Donation Box Manager

Megan Padget

Pharmacy Manager

Kim Van Doren

Review Panelist

Dani DeCormier

Review Panelist

Ashley Payne


General Fund Donations

Donate to the General Fund
* Text MBF to 91999

Express your sympathies.
Text MEMORY to 41444

Honor someone – your vet? A friend who loves pets?
* Text INHONOR to 41444