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DENVER/April 25, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting proposals for studies focused on the development of nonsurgical sterilization approaches to humanely control populations of free-roaming community cats. 

“We are excited to announce a funding opportunity that has such potential to contribute to thoughtful feline population management,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer. “This funding opportunity will attempt to tackle a problem that contributes to shelter intakes and leaves far too many cats and kittens exposed and vulnerable.” 

Research approaches for this proposal call may include medication, vaccines and other interventions for population control of cats only. The Foundation will not accept studies targeting other species or projects proposing use of laboratory animals. The maximum project duration is 36 months, with a project budget limit of $75,000. Grant applications are due by July 1, 2022, at 4:59 p.m. ET. 

Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a scientific advisory board, made up of subject matter experts. Interested researchers can learn more and apply for grant funding at Morris Animal Foundation. 

This request is supported by the Foundation’s Donor-Inspired Study program that allows donors to directly support a research topic for which there is a pressing need to improve the health and well-being of animals.

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Júlia Pásztor, DVM, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
  • Stephanie Boyles Griffin, Botstiber Institute
  • Jenny Stavisky, MRCVS, BVM&S, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA, VetPartners Limited
  • Aime Johnson, DVM, DACT, Auburn University
  • Jodi Lytle Buckman, CAWA, Denver Dumb Friends League
  • Nathalie Dowgray, BVSc, MRCVS, MANZCVS (feline), PGDip IAWEL, PhD, International Cat Care
  • Jimena Yapura, PhD, MSc, DVM, FHEA, Massey University

About Morris Animal Foundation

Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $142 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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