Why Morris Animal Foundation and Animals Love Betty White
Betty White is everybody’s Golden Girl—and at Morris Animal Foundation we can’t thank her enough for all she’s done to create a healthier tomorrow for animals. Not only has Betty served as a trustee—since 1971—and president emeritus for Morris Animal Foundation, but she has also personally sponsored more than 30 animal health studies to improve the health of cats, dogs, horses and multiple species of wildlife, including one of her favorites—California sea otters!
Below are just a few of the reasons why we love Betty.
- She served as the mistress of ceremonies at one of Morris Animal Foundation’s canine seminars in 1971 and then became a trustee (she still is!). She served as our canine division’s vice president for the next eight years.
- From 1982 to 1985, Betty was president of our board of trustees, and she remains a president emeritus.
- During her board tenure, Betty has attended most of the Foundation’s trustee meetings, reading proposals and playing an active role in ensuring that the Foundation continues to move forward. She calls our scientific advisory boards the engine that drives the Foundation.
- In a partnership with Joy To The World Collectibles, Betty endorses a line of collectible pet ornaments whose sales benefit Morris Animal Foundation.
Betty White’s Role in Major Animal Health Breakthroughs
Betty’s personal sponsorship of more than 30 animal health studies through Morris Animal Foundation has improved health for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife. One of her passions is saving the sea otters, and studies Betty sponsored led to increased legal protection for sea otters in California and established a research program focused on reducing sea otter mortality. Additional research highlights include
- Major breakthroughs in pain management for dogs, cats and horses
- New information into the genetic mutations that cause bone cancer in dogs
- Validation of ultrasound as a way to manage canine congestive heart failure
- Funding of an equine genetic consortium that has identified genetic mutations and helped developed genetic tests for common diseases affecting horses
- Help in launching a major canine cancer campaign that is working to prevent and treat this disease in dogs
Thank you, Betty, for your dedication to helping animals enjoy longer, healthier lives!