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CATalyst Council Forms to Address Feline Health Care
Date:7/19/2008

- Organization Seeks Broad Industry & Allied Support -

NEW ORLEANS, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- AVMA Annual Convention -- Building on the momentum of the CATalyst Summit in early February of this year, the CATalyst Council, Inc. announces its formation to address alarming statistics about feline health care and welfare in the United States. Dan Kramer, senior marketing manager, Pfizer Animal Health will serve as chair.

"At the CATalyst Summit, the entire feline industry came together and in one voice declared the current situation as unacceptable while painting a very optimistic path to making a positive difference. The CATalyst Council is simply the next step in putting these plans into action. I am very proud of the many companies, organizations and individuals who have been so proactive in their desire to make a difference, and we welcome everyone who has an interest in the outcome to join us in a broad-based initiative to raise the standard of care for all cats," said Kramer.

The full board of directors of the CATalyst Council includes: Dan Kramer, senior marketing manager, Pfizer Animal Health as chair, Robert Rohde, president of Dumb Friends League as vice chair; Dr. Jane Brunt, CATalyst Summit chair and past-president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners as corporate secretary and Cal Morgan, president, Society of Animal Welfare Administrators as treasurer. Other board members include: Dr. John Albers, American Animal Hospital Association; Dr. Christine Jenkins, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.; Dr. Jack Stephens, Pets Best Insurance; Dr. Alexis Nahama, VCA Animal Hospitals; Dr. Patricia N. Olson, Morris Animal Foundation; and Steve Dale, nationally syndicated pet columnist and radio show host. The American Veterinary Medical Association is in the process of naming the AVMA representative to the CATalyst Council board.

"I am pleased to continue forward with this initiative that is so important to the lives of cat
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