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Happy National Bird Day: We Celebrate 25 Years of Helping Birds

January 4, 2015

Owning a companion bird is no small task. One of the many pets that “owned” me was an adorable cockatiel named Frosty. She was 3 years old when I adopted her. Unfortunately, inbreeding for her unusual white and black coloring contributed to her many health problems. When I met her, she was housed in a cage designed for a much smaller bird, leaving her inadequate room to move around. She was obese, could not fly and could barely walk.

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It’s Not Too Late to Send the Perfect Gift!

December 24, 2014

Looking for the perfect last-minute gift for the animal lovers in your life? Honor your friends and family members by sending Morris Animal Foundation holiday eCards.

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Season of Hope: Parker Puts His Talents to Work Against Cancer

December 22, 2014

At only 7 years of age, he’s already accomplished so much. Parker’s a professional animal model and actor, a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners and he competes in agility in his spare time. He can skateboard, surf and even play a very bad rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on the keyboard—if you listen very carefully and have a lot of imagination.

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Hairy Situation for Polar Bears

December 3, 2014

Imagine the stress of your entire neighborhood rapidly changing—the main roads moving or switching direction and your food source, the grocery store, closing or moving further away. For polar bears, their vast Arctic home ranges are literally melting away.

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A Family Affair

November 26, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches, families gather to celebrate and rejoice with one other. For many people, this includes giving thanks for the many blessings we receive from our pets.

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Chronic Wasting Disease: A Serious Concern in North American Wildlife

November 26, 2014

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease that poses a significant threat to wild populations of deer, elk and moose. It causes lesions in the brains of infected animals and leads to a drastic decrease in body condition, visible behavioral abnormalities and ultimately death. CWD has been identified in 20 states and two Canadian provinces.

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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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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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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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Osteoarthritis in Cats

October 2, 2014

As we mentioned last month, cats are masters at hiding their illnesses, so as pet owners we need to keep close watch on their behavior. As Morris Animal Foundation continues to fund impactful science to help our feline friends lead longer, healthier lives, we would like to share an update with you about one of our studies.

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Ask the Expert: Dr. Lisa Belden

October 1, 2014

Frogs, toads, newts. Did you know these amphibians fill an important ecological niche—and that their populations are declining rapidly worldwide?

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Wildlife Can Get Cancer, Too

September 18, 2014

The Tasmanian devil is more than a cartoon character. This carnivorous scavenger plays an important role in the ecosystem of the island of Tasmania, but the species is now in trouble.

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Studies Benefit Health of Critically Endangered Whale Species

September 3, 2014

The critically endangered North Atlantic right whale is a coastal-dwelling species that holds an important place in the history of our country. It was reduced to near extinction through commercial whaling because it was the “right” whale to harvest for its abundant oil. Fewer than 500 remain and they continue to be threatened by encounters with humans, exposure to disease outbreaks and environmental toxins. Boat strikes and entanglements in fishing gear also put these massive creatures at risk when they migrate between calving grounds in the southern Atlantic to northern feeding grounds that range from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to the Bay...

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A picture tells more than a thousand words

August 25, 2014

The day began just like any other when Chris and Karen Codington turned on their television to watch the morning news. A local shelter happened to be airing an adopt-a-pet news segment, and the Codingtons quickly found themselves drawn to the screen and to the adorable, caramel-colored puppy that desperately needed a home. Before they knew it, their family grew to three, with the new addition of Kasey, an 11-week-old Canaan dog.

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Lymphoma and Your Pet: Attend our Webinar

August 4, 2014

Lymphoma is a common and well-known type of human cancer. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common cancers diagnosed in dogs and cats. Do you know enough to recognize this disease in your pet?

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Being in the Study Has Made Me a Better Dog Owner

August 1, 2014

Susan Marie runs a small Golden Retriever rescue and says she’s been rescuing all kinds of animals pretty much since she could walk. Other than one recent 6-month period over the past 40 years, she says, “I have never been without a Golden since my first.”

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Chance to Help Improve the Lives of Dogs

July 24, 2014

In May 2013, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, Lily, had been diagnosed with oral cancer. As the family struggled to come to terms with Lily’s diagnosis, their 10-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, died suddenly six weeks later from hemangiosarcoma. Lily spiraled into a deep depression and succumbed to her disease on September 11, less than three months after Max’s passing.

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Study Offers Hope for Horses with Melanoma

July 18, 2014

The tumor starts like so many skin cancers do: a small black bump on the skin. It is easy to overlook, since it isn’t irritating, oozing or interfering with movement. Slowly, the tumor grows, but much of the growth occurs below the skin. Over time the tumor is noted but doesn't seem a cause for concern; if it is growing so slowly, how could it be a problem? Then one day, doctors discover the tumor is much bigger than previously thought and has spread throughout the body.

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Remembering Helps Heal the Heart

July 14, 2014

Do you remember the first time you lost a beloved pet? I bet you do. It doesn't matter how old you are or how many losses you’ve suffered, dealing with a faithful companion’s death is never easy.

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Cancer: a Real Threat to Pets

July 9, 2014

Cancer poses a very serious threat to all of our pets. Six million new pet cancer diagnoses are made every year, and countless families experience the devastating effects of this deadly disease...

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