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A cat-centric nonprofit with more than 50 years of history redesigned its name to better embody a global vision for the health and welfare of cats.
The Winn Feline Foundation is now referred to as the EveryCat Health Foundation. The group was founded in 1968 by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) and has provided more than $ 7.6 million in grants to fund research to improve the lives of cats.
“Promoting cat health through research and education is the mission we live every day, and we thank longtime CFA advisor Robert H. Winn for his wisdom and vision in creating our foundation,” said the President of the organization, Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP. “After more than 50 years, our commitment and determination to capture every cat every day has grown. It is appropriate to take this opportunity to honor one’s memory by becoming EveryCat, not just in name but in scope. Our new name allows us to reach out to more researchers and donors than ever before to help improve our impact on the health and wellbeing of cats and their owners around the world. “
Studies funded by the EveryCat Health Foundation impact cats, cat lovers, veterinarians and researchers every day, the group said. Indeed, the funding supports a wide range of research topics from the identification and diagnosis of diseases to nutrition and behavior.
Additionally, the organization’s educational efforts help community members stay updated on research, implications, and progress.
“I dare say there is no cat on the planet that has not been touched by the knowledge gained through Winn’s funding,” said Steve Dale, certified animal behaviorist and longtime board member. “Especially while I was on the board, we saw a major breakthrough in previously fatal feline infectious peritonitis, the potential of using stem cells to support cats with stomatitis, and a far better understanding of the most common heart conditions in cats (feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). “
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The EveryCat Health Foundation and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are currently seeking applicants for a scholarship program. For more click here.