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Carol Borchert

For nearly 70 years, Morris Animal Foundation has been a global leader in funding studies to advance animal health. With the help of generous donors like you, we are improving the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife worldwide. Read more.


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February is American Heart Month (for pets, too!)

February 15, 2018

It’s February and colorful hearts are everywhere. Although most people think of love and Valentine’s Day when they spy these decorations, at Morris Animal Foundation we think of heart health because February also is American Heart Month.

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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Understanding Heart Disease in Cats and Dogs

February 8, 2018 Carol Borchert

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s hard not to think about hearts. Heart disease is a major health concern in human health care, but many people don’t know that heart disease can be a problem for our pets, too.

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Is the Humble Groundhog Good at Predicting Winter Weather?

February 1, 2018 Sean Andersen-Vie

It’s February 1 and that means at least one thing. Tomorrow morning, people around the country will wake up and look for news from Pennsylvania to learn how much longer winter will last, as foretold by Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, on Groundhog Day.

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Why Does My Dog Eat Socks and Hate Thunderstorms?

January 25, 2018 Carol Borchert

Dr. James Serpell, Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania, has long been interested in finding methods to objectively measure canine behavior. The result of his labors was the development of the C-BARQ© (Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire), a tool for dog owners, behaviorists and veterinarians to evaluate a dog’s behavior and temperament.

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Lumps and Bumps on Our Dogs – Normal or Worrisome?

January 11, 2018 Carol Borchert

It’s normal for our dogs to get a little lumpy and bumpy as they age, with skin growths being one of the major reasons pet owners seek veterinary care for their pups. Although the majority of these lumps are benign, owners still need to be concerned about the possibility of skin cancer, particularly the most common malignant skin cancer of dogs – mast cell tumors.

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Thank you for helping us help animals

January 4, 2018 Sean Andersen-Vie

What an incredible year! We are proud to announce that because of our valued donors, we at Morris Animal Foundation surpassed our 2017 end-of-year fundraising campaign goals. Thank you to everyone who made a donation during this time, and throughout the year, to help animals have longer, healthier lives.

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Making the future healthier for animals

December 28, 2017 Carol Borchert

For Andrea and Vincent Conti it’s not only love for their golden retriever, Gemma, that connects them to Morris Animal Foundation; it’s a love of science. Andrea has her master’s degree in nursing, and Vincent is a cardiac surgeon on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch. That scientific background is what drew them to Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

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Saving the Saiga – Morris Animal Foundation in a Race Against Time

December 19, 2017 Carol Borchert

Saiga antelope were once prolific in Asia, with a range extending from the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. But these Dr. Seuss-like animals, with their comically elephant-like snouts, are now dangerously close to extinction because of an outbreak of a deadly virus.

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Solving Mysteries

December 18, 2017 Carol Borchert

Accurate and consistent evaluation of the tissue samples collected from study dogs is crucial to the study’s success; without the same people evaluating each sample, diagnoses can vary enough to impact study findings.

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The Contributions of Many Make a World of Difference to Animals Across the Globe

December 15, 2017 Carol Borchert

We are fortunate at Morris Animal Foundation in that we have many incredible people who remind us about the importance of the work we accomplish together through their emails, their calls, their visits and their notes of support.

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Meow, that hurts! — Osteoarthritis pain in cats

December 6, 2017 Carol Borchert

A sudden slip on the floor. A missed countertop. An angry hiss and swat while getting groomed. Pain in cats can be subtle and hard to detect but, left undiagnosed, can cause considerable discomfort in our feline friends.

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Providing Training Opportunities for the Next Generation of Researchers

November 30, 2017

Dr. Molly McCue, researcher and associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota credits Morris Animal Foundation funding for propelling her distinguished career in equine genetics.

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Morris Animal Foundation Scholarship Encourages Student’s Shelter Medicine Aspirations

November 21, 2017 Carol Borchert

From the moment Amanda Payne walked through the door of her local shelter as an eager high school student, she knew she had found her calling – a shelter medicine veterinarian. It was at the shelter that Amanda met Keena, “a quiet blue pit bull with the softest gaze, an ear with a strange little fold at the tip, and a wiggly, happy greeting for everyone she met.”

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Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald – A Tireless Advocate for Animals and Science

November 16, 2017

While rattlesnakes might not be most people’s choice for a study subject, for Dr. Fitzgerald it’s a living being worthy of our understanding. It’s his passion for animals that also draws him to Morris Animal Foundation, and inspires his support for an organization whose mission is to advance the health of animals.

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Prions – Zombies of the Infectious Disease World

November 14, 2017 Carol Borchert

In the closing days of 1984, when veterinarian David Bee was called out to look at a sick cow on a farm in Sussex, England, little did he realize that he was about to examine the first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) – mad cow disease – in the United Kingdom.

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Love Cats? So Does Morris Animal Foundation! Check Out All the Ways How

October 29, 2017

October 29 is National Cat Day and Morris Animal Foundation understands the special place cats hold in our hearts. After all, we’ve been funding feline health studies to improve the quality of cats’ lives (all nine of them!) since 1950.

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From Wolves to Pugs and Great Danes – the Evolution of Man’s Best Friend

October 5, 2017 Carol Borchert

Spend a day watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and it’s hard to believe that a shih tzu shares a common ancestor with an Irish wolfhound. With over 400 recognized breeds, the variety of dogs is mind-boggling. But genetic studies tell us that all dogs trace back to a common ancestor – the gray wolf, Canis lupus.

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Rabies Remains a Threat in Impoverished Regions of the World, Despite Effective Vaccine

September 28, 2017 Carol Borchert

September 28 is World Rabies Day, an important awareness day targeting a lethal disease. Despite awareness days and continued research, many misperceptions about rabies exist, fueled by images from popular culture and widespread misinformation.

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Travels With Barley

September 14, 2017 Carol Borchert

Motorcycling has been a part of Peter Burke’s life since his days as a young adult. Long trips on winding roads across the country offered a freedom hard to capture with any other mode of transportation. There was only one problem. Peter missed his dogs. And there were a lot of dogs to miss.

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