“Paxton had so much energy and was so happy,” Paula chuckles as she remembers her handsome Standard Poodle. “He would run around the yard in circles, making figure eights, around the trees and bushes, barking and biting up grass tossing it up in the air. He made us laugh so hard.” Sometimes something comes into our life and it is just meant to be. For Jeff and Paula Barker of San Diego, that special something was Paxton.
There are about 36 different species of wild cats around the world. Although larger wild cats, such as lions, attract most of the attention, more than 80 percent of wild cat species are actually small wild cats, some weighing in at less than 3 pounds.
When most people open their homes and hearts to new pets, they expect years of friendship. But for Jan and Jim Hitchborn, long-term companionship isn’t always guaranteed. In fact, these longtime animal rescue volunteers are often the first people called when an animal that isn’t adoptable because of health issues needs a place to call home. When others might shy away from the situation, the Hitchborns face it head on.
To dog-lovers, dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. So when canine cancer claims a victim, a whole family suffers. One in four dogs will battle this disease in their lifetime, with half of them dying long before their time. In response, The Orvis Company announced today that Orvis customers have raised over a million dollars for canine cancer research through the Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest. All funds raised have benefited Morris Animal Foundation’s efforts to prevent, treat and cure the disease.
Nearly 100 million pet cats live in the United States, and many households have more than one furry feline. February celebrates those cats with National Cat Health Month. Of course, at Morris Animal Foundation, it’s always cat health month.
Sitting from my office desk and peering at my colleagues busily working away, I smile thinking about the meaningful work we each contribute to every day. Staff members at Morris Animal Foundation come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we have something very special in common: We are all striving to create a better and brighter future for the animals we love.
Cancer poses a very serious threat to all of our pets. Six million new pet cancer diagnoses are made every year, and countless families have experienced the devastating effects of this deadly disease, including Adin Perl, team captain of Cancer Bites! (Friends of V.S.H.).
With only 28 days, February marks the shortest month on the calendar. It also marks the observance of National Cat Health Month, a month-long celebration of feline wellness and health— two things Morris Animal Foundation values dearly.
Known as the jackass penguin because of its donkey-like bray, the African penguin once flourished. Unfortunately, this penguin species—the only one to breed in Africa—has suffered severe population declines in recent years and is currently classified as endangered. Current numbers are estimated at only 10 percent of the more than 1.45 million adult penguins that existed at the start of the 20th century.
By the early to mid-1980s, fewer than 300 mountain gorillas were known to still exist in the world. Zoologist and primatologist Dr. Dian Fossey, who studied mountain gorillas exclusively in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, wanted to change those numbers.
Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce that our board of trustees has a new chairman and three new trustees, all of whom bring a wealth of expertise from their related fields to benefit the Foundation and help advance our mission.
Morris Animal Foundation’s K9 Cancer Walk Program has taken us many miles around the country and has introduced us to many canine friends. We’ve traveled through the Smokey Mountains of east Tennessee where we met Emmitt, cruised down the Pacific Coast Highway in California where we were greeted by Abby, and danced our way down into South Florida where we heard a story about Miles, an adorable Golden Retriever.
At a time when most veterinarians were working with farmers and agricultural animals, Dr. Mark Morris, Sr, catered to companion animals and their owners. In 1929, he established one of the very first exclusively companion animal veterinary clinics in the country, Raritan Animal Hospital in Edison, New Jersey. In addition to being at the forefront of providing companion animals with outstanding veterinary care, Dr. Morris also felt that nutrition could be used to manage various health conditions that affected animals.
Julie Jarrett and her stunning Golden Retriever, Grace, recently became a milestone dog by doing something that may help the future of animal health. Sound monumental? Well, it is. Grace became the 2500th Golden Retriever to become fully enrolled in Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates there are nearly 50 million “feral” cats in the United States, although numbers vary widely. Some of these free-roaming cats have owners, yet spend most of their time outside. Others are what the Humane Society defines as community cats, those that have been abandoned and are homeless, but were socialized. Still others are truly feral, meaning they’ve never been socialized.
The Memphis Zoo has been offering citizens in western Tennessee and eastern Arkansas a glimpse at wildlife of the natural world since it opened in 1906. Located near Rhodes College and just 10 miles from Graceland, the Memphis Zoo offers 19 exhibits situated on 55 developed acres.