Donor Challenge to Help Shelter Cats

Morris Animal Foundation funding feline studies to improve health of shelter cats.

Posted: June 17, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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An anonymous donor has pledged to match every dollar given to Helping Shelters Help Cats up to $500,000.
Morris Animal Foundation’s Helping Shelters Help Cats program is funding three feline health studies that aim to help shelter cats stay healthy and stress-free until they are adopted.

These grants are made possible through an anonymous challenge gift in which the donor will match every dollar given to this program up to $500,000, for a potential total of $1 million. The Denver-based nonprofit will continue to take matching funds until it reaches its goal.

The studies include:

  • “Effect of Cage Enrichment and Predictability on Healthy Outcomes of Shelter Cats,” by Linda Lord, DVM, Ph.D., at Ohio State University
  •  “Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions to Increase Mucosal Immune Response in Shelter Cats,” by Clive Phillips, BSc, Ph.D., at University of Queensland
  •  “Comparison of Two Cage Types: Effect on Shelter Cat Stress, Upper Respiratory Disease and Adoption,” by Kate Hurley, DVM, at University of California, Davis

This shelter-health initiative is part of MAF’s Happy Healthy Cat Campaign, a global effort to increase funding for feline health research and training of new scientists.

In addition, everyone who makes a donation to Helping Shelters Help Cats between now and Friday, June 19, will be entered into a daily drawing for a “Treats & Toys” gift basket.

News of the three grants and the shelter program coincides with the promotion of Adopt a Cat Month in June.

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Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

6/17/2009 9:34:10 PM

$500,000.00 - wow! Let's all get our checkbooks out - we don't want any of that $500,000 to go unclaimed!

mm    nh, GA

6/17/2009 8:26:48 PM


Anon    City, CA

6/17/2009 6:17:18 PM


Danielle    Bartlesville, OK

6/17/2009 5:58:14 PM

Yay! :D

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