Grieving pet owners are forking out thousands of pounds to clone their beloved pets in a bid to keep their memories alive.

Cloning gives owners the chance to extend the loving bond they shared with their pet – but with an identical twin animal.

ViaGen Pets and Equine is able to clone cats, dogs and horses by taking tissue cells from an animal which are then frozen and stored.

Once the pet owner is ready to begin cloning, the company uses a small portion of cells to form an embryo which is then transferred into a surrogate dog.

ViaGen offers Genetic Preservation for a cool $1600 (£1200) with cloning services ranging anywhere from $50,000 (£38,000) to $85,000 (£65,000) depending on the animal.

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Posted by on Monday, December 9th, 2019 in

A Texas family in Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo is in the business of cloning horses.

“She’s my heart horse, she’s my best friend,” Lexie Russell said about Crash. “I was there when she was born.”

Crash is the child of a cloned stallion.

“We’ve cloned now thousands of livestock — cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, deer,” Blake Russell said.

Russell is the president of ViaGen Pets & Equine. The company has cloned more than 500 horses.

“All of the horses that I ride or train are by a cloned stallion or have cloning somewhere in the process of making that possible,” Lexie said.

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This winter, the crème de la crème of the equestrian world will return to their seasonal home in Wellington, Fla., for three months of hunter/ jumper and dressage competition. The equine athletes will include some with price tags in the seven figures; top international mounts jetted in from Mexico, the UK and Belgium; and, flying discreetly under the radar, a handful of equine clones.

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Posted by on Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 in

The loss of a pet can be extremely tough to handle. If only our furry friends could live as long as we do. While science hasn’t gotten quite that far yet, there is an alternative to get the carbon copy of the pet you love so much.

A Valley family is one of the latest in the country to turn to cloning to get another chance to be with their beloved Golden Doodle, Sally. They love her so much, they decided to clone Sally, so they could have her identical twin, 12 years apart, to raise all over again.

“She is really the perfect dog,” said Sally’s owner Craig Stull. “We thought if we’re ever going to clone a dog, it would be Sally,” Stull added.

The family turned to ViaGen Pets, who calls themselves “America’s pet cloning experts” for help.

 

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Posted by on Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 in

The clone of Sámur, the former First Dog of Iceland, is born, mbl.is reports. Sámur belonged to former President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his wife Dorrit Moussaieff. The birth of the puppy was announced by Ólafur Ragnar on Twitter last night.

Dorrit posted a picture of the puppy’s birth certificate on Twitter. It has been given the name Samson. The name appears very appropriate, for Sámsson means the son of Sámur in Icelandic. Samson was born October 25, weighing 684 g, and measuring 28 cm (11 in). The birth certificate shows Samson’s paw prints.

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