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Fighting for America’s National Bird

July 4, 2012 MAF

In a past Morris Animal Foundation-funded study at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, researchers showed that sevoflurane is safer and more effective than isoflurane in anesthetizing bald eagles.

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Researchers Study Impact of Environment and Stress on Cheetah Health

July 3, 2012 MAF

Captive cheetah populations worldwide are plagued by debilitating diseases and infertility, conditions that are rare in wild cheetahs. Although these condtions were originally thought to be associated with the lack of genetic diversity in captive animals, mounting evidence indicates that chronic stress in response to aspects of the captive environment alters the cheetah’s immune system.

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Morris Animal Foundation Gets Surprise at BlogPaws 2012

June 28, 2012 MAF

Once a year, the nation’s leading online voices in pet health, advocacy, welfare and lifestyle come together at the BlogPaws annual conference, and Morris Animal Foundation staff was delighted to join this year’s event.

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Research Makes Asthma Treatments Safer for Cats

June 19, 2012 MAF

Asthma caused by an inappropriate immune response to inhaled allergens affects an estimated 1 to 5 percent of pet cats. Allergy shots show promise as a potential cure, according to previous Morris Animal Foundation–funded studies; however, they can take months to work, and most cats require concurrent treatment with steroids to control serious symptoms.

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New wildlife studies help a multitude of species worldwide

June 4, 2012 MAF

Part of Morris Animal Foundation’s unique contribution to animal health is that our mission includes helping wildlife. And not only do we fund wildlife health research, but the Foundation is often the only source of funding for wildlife scientists.

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Meisha’s Legacy Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Hope

May 21, 2012 MAF

The Meisha’s Hope Fund, established to advance research into autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on May 25, 2012.

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Unique characteristics make horses prone to pain

May 18, 2012 MAF

While the options for alleviating pain in cats and dogs have improved significantly over the past decade or so, there is much to be learned about which drugs will work best for horses’ unique physiology and anatomy.

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On a cold-blooded crusade

May 18, 2012 MAF

For centuries philosophers and scientists have debated the question, “Can animals feel pain?” Until about three decades ago, the answer to that question was thought to be “no.”

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Chance encounter leads to lifelong puppy love

May 18, 2012 MAF

Diane Tanner can trace her commitment to Morris Animal Foundation back to a youthful joy ride and a serendipitous encounter with a Doberman who changed her life.

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A postoperative pop of pain relief

May 18, 2012 MAf

Research shows that novel drug formulation works in just one shot

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Snuff out the ouch

May 18, 2012 MAF

Humans have been controlling their own pain for thousands of years—not so for animals.

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Cancer campaign funds nearly $5 million in research in five years

May 18, 2012 MAF


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No squawking when it comes to pain

May 18, 2012 MAF

Researcher finds ways to evaluate and treat pain in birds

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New tools get to the heart of feline aches

May 18, 2012 MAF

Have you ever watched a cat jump off a high countertop and the first thought that pops into your mind is, “Wow, that’s gotta hurt!”

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Morris Animal Foundation receives $170k from Paul Mitchell Schools!

May 16, 2012 MAF

Glittering with gorgeous gowns and glamorous hairdos, the legendary Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globe Awards, rolled out the red carpet for the Paul Mitchell Schools’ 9th annual FUNraising Gala.

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Celebrate National Pet Week with Morris Animal Foundation

May 8, 2012 MAF

Every year, the first full week of May is celebrated as National Pet Week. The observance isn’t limited to any specific cause, disease awareness or type of pet—it’s simply dedicated to celebrating the wonderful animals with whom we share our lives.

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Evaluating E. coli Transmission Between Humans and Mongoose

May 4, 2012 MAF

Emerging infectious diseases are on the rise, and they threaten both human and wildlife populations. In this pilot study, Morris Animal Foundation–funded researchers from Virginia Tech evaluated Escherichia coli transmission between humans and banded mongoose in Chobe National Park and surrounding villages in Botswana.

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Become a Loyal Friend to help advance animal health

May 2, 2012 MAF

By becoming a Loyal Friend and enrolling in automatic monthly giving, you provide ongoing, sustainable support for the programs that create a healthier tomorrow for animals.

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Fighting back during Pet Cancer Awareness Month

May 1, 2012 MAF

PETCO and the Blue Buffalo Co. Pledge to Raise $1 Million for Morris Animal Foundation.

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Heat-related illness in working dogs

April 27, 2012 MAF

A number of recent events have elevated the status of working dogs and highlighted the need to keep these dogs healthy. Although these dogs—such as K-9 officers, military dogs, or rescue dogs—often find themselves exposed to more palpable dangers, heat-related illnesses such as dehydration and heat exhaustion actually tend to be the leading causes of death in these dogs.

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