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Protecting Pooches from the Flu

November 21, 2014

Flu season is upon us—and canine companions need protection, too, especially if they are living in a shelter. Canine flu, also known as canine influenza virus (CIV), first emerged a decade ago, and since then it’s affected thousands of dogs.

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It’s all about the “Science”

November 19, 2014

First published in 1880 with financial support from Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, Science magazine remains one of the world’s most recognized and respected scientific publications. Science publishes peer-reviewed groundbreaking scientific research and research reviews. A recent issues features work conducted by Morris Animal Foundation–researchers at the Zoological Society of London.

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Season of Hope: Meet Emmett

November 17, 2014

As we head into our second week of our Season of Hope Campaign, we would like to introduce you to one of our canine friends, Emmett, and his pet parents, Maggie and John.

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Everyone Loves Turtles, Especially Students!

November 14, 2014

Leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridley, Hawksbill, Eastern Box, Green Sea and Blanding’s are just a few of the many species of turtles Morris Animal Foundation has helped since 2000.

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Remember Our True Heroes on Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2014

When John, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, enters a room people take notice. His confidence, genuine candor, shy smile and constant companion, Budd, his service dog, immediately inspire those around him.

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‘Tis the Season, the Season of Hope

November 10, 2014

With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time for our staff to celebrate our many successes with you, our loyal supporters. Your passion to improve animal health drives our commitment to funding only the best science for the animal we all love.

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Research Helps Birds Continue to Soar High

November 7, 2014

It’s not easy being a wild bird. Oftentimes, they must contend with disease outbreaks and with maneuvering a landscape filled with must-be-avoided, manmade objects, such as windows, buildings, power lines and cars.

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Partnership with Wildlife Conservation Advances Research to Protect Tigers

November 6, 2014

Along with the pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion of prey species, a new threat to tiger populations in the wild has surfaced in the form of disease, specifically, canine distemper virus (CDV). According to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, CDV has the potential to be a significant driver in pushing the animals toward extinction.

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Koalas Under Pressure?

November 5, 2014

Koalas are unique animals, and thoroughly Australian. Recently, however, the Australian government had to place this iconic animal on the threatened species list because koala populations are under pressure from disease and habitat loss.

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Precious Blood, Deadly Clots

November 3, 2014

Although most of us don’t think about it, blood does more than just circulate oxygen and nutrients around the body. It also contains particles that instantly form lifesaving clots that stop us from bleeding when we are injured or cut. However, if these clots migrate to critical locations in the body, such as the brain or lungs, these lifesavers can become deadly.

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Memory of a Dog Fuels Fight against a Deadly Blood Disease

October 29, 2014

When Meisha was diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) at the age of 3, her owner Joanne Dickson, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, had never heard of the disease. More than two decades later, Joanne is an expert on IMHA, having put massive efforts into raising awareness and research funds.

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Arthritis and Our Pets, How We Are Offering Hope

October 28, 2014

For many of us, the leaves are beginning to fall from our trees, days are becoming shorter and the air is becoming a little crisper. But the one thing that remains the same year-round is that our pets provide us unconditional companionship and loyalty.

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What’s in Your Dog’s Blood? Let Us Explain.

October 27, 2014

Although diseases and medical conditions can’t always be diagnosed with blood tests alone, they do provide veterinarians with telltale signs that help them identify minor and major health issues.

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Foundation Announces Four New Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study

October 22, 2014

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study are four-year grants designed to financially support veterinarians while they return to school for training to gain a PhD in a field of animal health research. The Foundation recently granted four new Veterinary Fellowships for Advanced Study (learn more about them below), which brings the total number of current fellowships to 12.

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Every day was the happiest day of her life

October 20, 2014

To Tracy and Andy Dauterman, Cami was no ordinary dog. As most Golden Retriever owners can attest, Cami was an adorable and rambunctious puppy who loved nothing more than to chase lizards and play splash in the pool, but wherever she went, Cami always seemed to attract the attention of perfect strangers that would admire her pretty and happy face.

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University Spotlight: Tufts University

October 20, 2014

Located in North Grafton, Massachusetts, a short drive from Boston, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University began offering its doctor of veterinary medicine curriculum in 1978. Just five years later, Morris Animal Foundation funded its very first animal health study at Tufts University, a project that examined treatment for feline leukemia.

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Elk Grove Leading the Way to Fight Cancer

October 17, 2014

One woman started with a vision of raising awareness and funds for canine cancer research. She was tired of experiencing the heartache and loss…now ten years later...she has helped thousands of dog lovers around the country raise more than $1 million to support Morris Animal Foundations dream of one day finding a cure for canine cancer.

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Are Bats Scary?

October 15, 2014

As Halloween approaches, bats appear everywhere—from cheerful paper cutouts adorning windows to giant lawn decorations.

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Every Year Is the Year of the Horse at Our Foundation

October 13, 2014

When I think of freedom, one of the images that instantly comes to mind is that of a horse running free. Anyone who’s spent time around these beautiful animals knows that it isn’t that they merely like to run, they live to run.

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A Hero with a Winning Smile

October 10, 2014

Puzzle (aka the Wuz, Puz Wuz or the Wuzzle) first came into the lives of Kari and her family in April 2013, after Kari changed careers from exotic animal trainer to dog trainer and behavior therapist for children with developmental disabilities.

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