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Denver/June 15, 2023 – Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed June 15 as Morris Animal Foundation Day – a significant declaration as the Colorado-based Foundation today celebrates its 75th anniversary. 

The proclamation underscores Colorado’s commitment to the health and well-being of animals both within the state and globally, aligning with Morris Animal Foundation’s mission of bridging science and resources to advance the health of animals.

Morris Animal Foundation has funded nearly 3,000 studies to date. It currently has about 200 active studies aimed at addressing significant health challenges in dogs, cats, horses and wildlife. Notable among these studies include the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest cancer-focused study of its kind in dogs, improved and novel vaccines for infectious diseases in cats, as well as critical research to safeguard endangered species worldwide.

Headquartered in Denver, Morris Animal Foundation is committed to improving and protecting the health of animals through scientific innovation, education and inspiration. The Foundation was established in 1948 by Colorado-born Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., a passionate veterinarian who recognized the need for more research to improve the lives of animals. Today, Morris Animal Foundation is one of the leading funders of animal health research in the world.

About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $149 million in nearly 3,000 critical studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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