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Thank you for helping us help animals

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. That is all the more we will be able to invest in science that helps cats, dogs, horses and wildlife around the world. 

We made great strides last year with plenty of studies to tout. 

  • Our researchers made the first critical steps toward developing a vaccine for elephant herpesvirus, a lethal disease in young Asian and African elephants.
  • We learned that shelter cats’ stress can be reduced by providing more enrichment and places to hide in their enclosures. Stress is a major risk factor for upper respiratory disease, which is a top reason shelter cats are euthanized. 
  • Investigators identified a safe, effective way to treat equine asthma, a common respiratory disease. By using magnesium sulfate solution, which is used to treat acute asthma attacks in people, researchers could rescue horses struggling from sudden asthma attacks due to their airways narrowing.
  • We discovered that dogs vaccinated with the rabies vaccine were less likely to die from all other causes, compared to unvaccinated dogs in a rabies-endemic area of South Africa. This could likely be because the rabies vaccine may help boost the immune system against other diseases and infections.

Looking ahead, we look forward to announcing the results of many other studies, such as one identifying horse breeds most susceptible to Salmonella and determining which antibiotics would provide the greatest benefit to animals stricken with the disease.

  • Our researchers are evaluating the effects of additive solutions to improve blood platelet efficacy and storage for life-saving transfusions in dogs.
  • To help cats, scientists will evaluate the effectiveness of a commonly prescribed gastric acid suppressant used to treat gastrointestinal symptoms in cats with chronic kidney disease.
  • And we hope to identify ways to stop the spread of the emerging disease peste des petits ruminants, or goat plague, which is ravaging the population of the Mongolian saiga antelope.

Your generous gifts make all this and more possible, helping us make a critical difference in the lives of animals. From everyone at Morris Animal Foundation, thank you! We wish you the best in 2018. 

January 4, 2018