Cali the Fire Dog works for Humboldt Bay Fire, teaching people about fire safety and prevention. She underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a cancerous tumor. (Humboldt Bay Fire — Submitted)

Cali the Fire Dog, who works for Humboldt Bay Fire teaching people about fire safety and prevention, was recently diagnosed with insulinoma, a fast-growing pancreatic cancer.

Doctors at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in Medford, Oregon, performed a two-hour surgery on Cali Wednesday — with good results.

“Surgery went well and they removed an insulin-producing tumor from her pancreas and an unknown mass from her liver,” said Amy Conlin, community risk reduction specialist with Humboldt Bay Fire, in an email interview with the Times-Standard. There is a “very positive future outlook,” she said, “as the remaining pancreas should function normally again and some of her liver tissue should regenerate new cells.”

The community has stepped up to help the beloved fire dog, and a GoFundMe page has been organized by Megan James and Yolla Montalbin, Cali’s “firefighter dad.”

“The GoFundMe campaign is still up and running and actually just surpassed its goal,” Conlin said. “We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support from the community from Cali. The money will pay for her surgery and will continue to support her ongoing care, transport to and from the specialty center in Oregon and medication.”

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