January 9, 2020 – Thank you to all our amazing supporters who helped us go above and beyond our $200,000 year-end match from our Board of Trustees. Your generosity will go a long way in supporting life-changing and life-saving research to improve the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife everywhere.
We couldn’t do our work without you!
At any given time, the Foundation is funding more than 150 animal health studies with researchers around the world. Here’s just a few ways your gifts are making a difference toward creating happier, healthier lives for the animals we love:
Researchers are studying a novel drug they hope will help treat rapidly fatal canine cancers, including high-grade mass cell tumors, acute leukemias and histiocytic sarcomas.
Very little funding is available for researchers studying animal diseases that only occur in a specific species. The Foundation is one of the few sources that researchers can count on to tackle these problems, including feline infectious peritonitis, a cat-specific disease with no preventives or cures.
Sometimes simple biomedical devices can dramatically change the quality of life of pets with severe health challenges. Researchers are investigating the feasibility of a novel device – a wearable, wireless collar – designed to help reduce epileptic seizures in dogs.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and that’s especially true for heartworm, a preventable disease by vaccination. However, with multiple strains and the growing threat of drug resistance to medications, researchers are working on a promising new vaccine to better protect your pets from heartworms.
We are losing hundreds of amphibian species to an emerging fungal disease that is spreading rapidly around the world. Researchers have developed a probiotic treatment that shows promise to help save wild Rocky Mountain boreal toads. If successful, findings will help inform the development of species-specific probiotic treatments for other amphibians.
Veterinarians can always use more tools to help save more lives. Researchers are working on a new strategy to help save foals with sepsis, a severe bacterial infection and leading cause of death in foals in their first weeks of life. A novel rescue therapy will be a welcome addition to the veterinarian’s toolbox to help save these young lives.
Thank you again for supporting our mission to advance the health of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife through science. Your gift has the power to improve veterinary care and find solutions for diseases, including diagnostics, treatments, preventives and maybe even cures, for the animals in our homes, in our pastures and in the wild.