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Your Gifts in Action

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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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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‘Tis the season to help all creatures, big and small

November 1, 2017 Jean Vore

As we approach this giving season, it’s time to remember all the precious animals in our lives and help provide them with the best gift ever – the gift of health.

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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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Your Gifts in Action

September 7, 2017 Carol Borchert

For the past 69 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.

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In Celebration of National Dog Day – The World is a Better Place, Thanks to Dogs

August 17, 2017 Carol Borchert

We celebrate National Dog Day on August 26, a chance to remember all the reasons we love dogs, but also a chance to help make the world a better place for dogs. Read on to discover some fun facts about dogs, then learn what you can do right now to help all dogs have longer, healthier lives.

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Solving the Plague Puzzle Important to Preserving Western Prairie Wildlife Ecosystems

August 10, 2017 Carol Borchert

When a prairie dog colony is decimated by plague, the effects reverberate throughout the entire local ecosystem, from animals to plants and even the soil.

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In Memory of Tag – Owner Determined to Help in the Fight Against Canine Cancer

August 3, 2017 Carol Borchert

When Tag, a beloved golden retriever, lost his life to cancer, his devastated owner decided to channel her grief into action. Determined to help change health outcomes for all dogs, she is matching all gifts to the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, now through National Dog Day on August 26.

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Cuddly Koalas Under Threat From Dual Diseases

July 20, 2017 Carol Borchert

Morris Animal Foundation funded-researchers in Australia are racing to understand the debilitating and sometimes deadly interaction between koala retrovirus (KoRV) and chlamydia infection as koalas continue to be pushed toward extinction.

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign Meets Fundraising Goal

July 6, 2017

Our annual campaign to raise funds for cancer research that will lead to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose earlier, and treat the cancers that take the lives of our pets too soon. The campaign exceeded its fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of our donors and a dollar-for-dollar matching gift (up to $50,000) from the Blue Buffalo Foundation.

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Unite to Fight Pet Cancer: Your Gift Makes the Difference

June 29, 2017

Thank you to all our donors for your generosity during our Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Campaign, which ends on June 30. Your gifts will support pet cancer studies at leading institutions around the world, helping veterinary researchers push for more answers and find more solutions to the broad range of diseases we call cancer.

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A Chance to Change Cancer Treatment

June 15, 2017

Finding out your dog has cancer is a devastating experience for many pet owners. If you also happen to be a veterinarian, emotions collide as you find yourself in the position of both owner and doctor, like Dr. Joe Schmidt and his wife, Sue.

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Catching Cancer in Cats

June 8, 2017

Although we tend to think of viruses causing diseases like the flu or common cold, it’s becoming increasingly clear that viruses have strong links to certain cancers, both in people and animals. Nowhere is this more obvious than in cats, where cancer-causing viruses have been recognized for decades.

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