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

As we enjoy this season of sharing and giving, we know one thing for sure. The lives of animals around the world are better today for what we are able to accomplish together.

But, as we go through our day-to-day tasks; our planning and meetings and calls and holiday busy-ness, it can be easy to rush past these accomplishments. 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.

Advances in Cat Health

Dayle and Dan Marsh have been involved with the Foundation since the mid-1970s, both as volunteers and donors. Dayle loves cats and will tell you that, if you look at feline medicine today, Morris Animal Foundation is there, everywhere. 

Feline medicine has advanced because we made a commitment to improving the lives of cats. These beloved companions bring so much delight to their owners - even though those of you with cats have a pretty good idea of who really owns whom – and Dayle wants us to know what we do matters a great deal.

Canine Cancer Motivates New Donor

Paul Lisnek, a radio and TV legal expert out of Chicago, is a new donor. He learned about the Foundation through his dog sitter and wanted to support the work we do as a thank you to his dogs. Paul’s dogs, he’ll tell you, have brought unconditional love and joy to his life. Cancer has taken the lives of two of his dogs. His greatest hope is that Morris Animal Foundation can find some answers that will help end suffering and spare other dog owners the pain he had to endure when he lost his dogs too soon.

Saving the Wild Things

Without Morris Animal Foundation, researchers in Mongolia who are trying to save the saiga antelope tell us their work would not have as much hope as it does today.

Dr. Amanda Fine, who works with the Wildlife Conservation Society, let us know that our support has funded critical “boots on the ground” conservation and veterinary work. Funding from our Betty White Wildlife Emergency Fund means that they have a chance to save this unique species.

Better Understanding of Equine Genetics

One of our equine researchers, Dr. Jamie Macleod from the University of Kentucky, came to visit the Foundation in May 2017 and give a presentation about his research. He shared that his research team received part of a multi-million dollar grant for genetics work from the National Institutes of Health. This was made possible, Dr. MacLeod said, by early and continuing funding in his important equine genetics work from Morris Animal Foundation.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the investment of resources – people and time and dollars. This year has seen advances on all fronts. The Foundation began as a very big idea – to improve animal lives by creating veterinary research from whole cloth. 

We have come a long way. But, we have a long way to go as we consider new and emerging diseases that threaten the animals in our world. As we have new opportunities for positive change through technological advances. As we break down barriers between professions and learn from each other.

If you would like to support our work, please consider making a gift today. And now through the end of December, your gift will be matched up to $217,000. For the animals, thank you.


Categories: Animal studies, Animal welfare, Animal health
December 15, 2017