Fund Established to Research Animal Behavior Problems

Morris Animal Foundation seeks to raise $5 million to prevent behavior-related pet deaths.

Posted: August 17, 2007 5 a.m. EDT

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The R.K. Anderson Animal Behavior Research Endowment Fund was set up to help target pet behavior
In an effort to prevent pets from being relinquished to shelters for behavior problems, Morris Animal Foundation will fund research targeting prevention and improvement of pet behavior problems.
To help advance the science and knowledge of behavior in companion animals, Morris Animal Foundation has established the R.K. Anderson Animal Behavior Research Endowment Fund.

Each year millions of pets are relinquished to shelters because of preventable, behavior-related problems, according to MAF.

“Unwanted behavior is the number one reason for fracture of the human animal bond and our relationships with our pets, resulting in millions of dogs and cats losing their homes each year,” said Robert K. Anderson, DVM, Dipl. ACVB, after whom the fund is named. “Sadly, many are euthanized. We can’t fix it without data. And we need to do the research to supply the data.”

MAF said that the endowment will fund research targeting prevention and improvement of pet behavior problems, improving safety and the quality of life for humans as well.

Anderson, who was a colleague of MAF’s founder, Mark Morris Sr., DVM, and a professor and mentor of MAF’s current president and chief executive officer Patricia Olson, DVM, contributed the initial $100,000 to the endowment. The goal is to reach $5 million.

Anderson recently established the Animal Behavior Resources Institute Inc., a nonprofit educational resource for animal behavior professionals and their clients based in Falcon Heights, Minn.

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Coral    Greendale, WI

8/17/2007 11:19:13 PM


Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

8/17/2007 4:45:30 PM

It's a hard problem to tackle, but it's necessary. I have always believed that once you adopt a cat, it's yours for life, but too many people don't think that way. If you have to give it up, it's your responsibility to find it a good home, not just abandon it.

Brianna    buffalo, NY

8/17/2007 7:54:58 AM

Well it is sad i will still save cat of the streets and other animals of the street. I love and care about animals ill try my best to save cats of streets and dogs. I love animals so much I would hate to see them get sick or worse.

Sharon    Hammond, IN

8/17/2007 5:02:43 AM

That is very good to hear.

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