January 9, 2019 – We can’t shut the door on 2018, before we thank all of you who donated so generously to our end-of-year campaign and helped us meet and even exceed our dollar-for-dollar match of $100,000 (given by several generous, anonymous donors). You are helping animals everywhere have more – more moments, more years and more good health; all because of the life-saving animal health studies you support through Morris Animal Foundation.
Health and a good quality of life is the best gift we can give to the animals in our lives, and your gifts are making that possible.
Over the past year, we have put your donations to good work and made great strides in solving animal health challenges around the world. For cats, our funded researchers made the first real progress in decades toward finding a treatment for feline infectious peritonitis, an insidious disease that kills young cats, and discovered a new virus in cats, one that may hold clues to feline liver diseases and even cancer.
For dogs, our funded researchers pioneered a new surgery that essentially cures a life-threatening heart condition, discovered an established vaccine that also could be used as a treatment, and are wrapping up one of our largest cutting-edge cancer trials on a new immunotherapy for osteosarcoma, the most common bone cancer in dogs that is eerily similar to bone cancer in children.
We also completed the sixth year of our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest veterinary study of its kind in the United States. By study end, we will have collected more than 5 million health data points and half a million biological samples from 3,000+ golden retrievers throughout their lifetime. We currently are working on ways to share data and samples with the wider veterinary research community, so we can learn more about the nutritional, lifestyle, environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and other diseases in dogs.
For wildlife in the last year, we’ve helped researchers find novel ways to fight against tuberculosis, save endangered species and investigate emerging disease threats.
But we still have so much more to do – more health challenges to solve and many more animals to help. From cancer in dogs to reemerging diseases in shelter cats, from understanding risk factors for laminitis in horses to tackling another contagious cancer in Tasmanian devils, we are here to help. And we couldn’t do it without you!
Thank you for helping us improve the health of animals around the world for more than 70 years!