Yes, Morris Animal Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USA. Since our founding in 1948, we’ve invested over $118 million toward more than 2,600 studies that advance the health and well-being of animals around the world.
Morris Animal Foundation funds the best animal health research taking place around the globe to benefit and improve veterinary care for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife and save animal lives. Our scientific advisory boards review grant proposals received from scientists worldwide. At any given time, we are funding 200 to 250 projects.
We have internal and external research projects. Our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which began in 2012, is the largest study ever conducted in veterinary medicine and is the first study established and run by the Foundation itself (and currently our largest internal research project).
The majority of our funded studies are conducted at accredited veterinary schools around the world by researchers who are experts in their field. Other funded research also is conducted by zoological parks, aquariums and established animal health-focused organizations, including conservation groups.
Legally, we cannot diagnose or recommend treatments for your pets. However, we do share breakthroughs resulting from our funding with veterinarians and the general public. You can sign up to receive these updates via email.
For veterinary advice about a specific animal health problem your pet may be experiencing, contact your veterinarian, a local veterinary organization or the nearest veterinary teaching hospital.
The resources below can help you find a veterinarian in your area:
- Board-Certified Veterinary Specialists (http://vetspecialists.com/)
- American Animal Hospital Association (https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/default.aspx)
- American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (https://abvp.com/animal-owners/)
- American Veterinary Medical Association (https://www.avma.org/public/YourVet/Pages/default.aspx)
Unfortunately, no. The money the Foundation raises through donations solely funds veterinary health studies at accredited institutions around the world. However, there are many other organizations that can help cover the costs of veterinary bills.The Humane Society of the United States lists national and state resources for pet owners in need.
For international resources, please contact your local shelter, veterinary organization or veterinary college to find a reputable charitable group near you.
If you need immediate support dealing with the loss of a pet, call the ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline at (877) GRIEF-10 within the United States.
For international resources, contact your local shelter, veterinary college or veterinary organizations for a list of pet grief counseling groups in your area.
A good place to start for pet health information is your family veterinarian.
And the following resources also provide up-to-date information on diseases and how to care for your pet.
Betty White cannot be contacted through our Foundation. But you can write Betty at the address below. Note that due to the overwhelming amount of requests (up to 1,000 letters a day), not all letters will be answered:
P.O Box 491965
Los Angeles, CA 90049
If you would like to honor Betty, please follow in her footsteps and make a donation to Morris Animal Foundation so together we can help even more animals in more places have longer, healthier lives. Every animal is Betty’s favorite!
Morris Animal Foundation is funded by public support – from individuals, corporations, breed clubs and foundations – as well as earnings on our endowed funds.
The budget for funding studies for FY17 is $8.7 million, which includes funding for traditional studies, pilot research and educational opportunities in veterinary research.
The endowment is about $76 million. Our endowment is used to support Morris Animal Foundation’s mission to advance animal health and well-being. The Foundation’s staff and Board of Trustees identify the greatest areas of need on an annual basis. Maintaining an endowment is also critical to ensuring the Foundation’s financial stability and ability to continue its work into perpetuity.
Morris Animal Foundation is committed to using contributions wisely and responsibly. To ensure that we accurately portray how donations are spent, the percentage of donations is reported each year based on our annual IRS Form 990 filing.
Looking specifically at donor dollars outside of our endowment, 95% of all donations go toward scientific programs. Every gift advances the health and well-being of the animals we all love.
Our goal is to put your donation to work immediately to help animals in the best way possible. Unrestricted gifts allow us to put your dollars to work – and limit our administrative costs – thus allowing your donation to do the most good.
We do allow restricted gifts in the following limited ways:
- Study co-sponsor or sponsor, beginning at $10,000
- Fully fund a proactive study (full cost plus administrative fees)
- Make an estate gift that designates how your donation should be used
Yes. When Morris Animal Foundation commits to funding a study, the commitment is for the full length and cost of the study. Money from sponsorships and unrestricted funds will be used to ensure that the study continues in its entirety, as long as the study continues to meet the Foundation’s requirements (e.g. budget responsibility, impact, required research updates).
Donations are distributed based on the advice and input of Morris Animal Foundation’s scientific advisory boards and the Vice President of Scientific Programs. Their goal is to review all submitted grant proposals and recommend funding for those that have the greatest impact on improving the health and well-being of companion animals, horses and wildlife.
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