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Morris Animal Foundation Receives $1 Million Donation From Hill's for Cat Health Research - Cat Lovers Have Reason to Celebrate
Date:8/12/2008

Donation Also Includes Genetic Research Data to Identify New Tools for

Veterinarians, Enhancing Cat Health

DENVER, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has received a donation of $1 million from Hill's Pet Nutrition, accompanied by a donation of ground-breaking genetic research data developed by Hill's researchers. These donations will assist MAF in the continuation of its 60-year history of funding research to help cats live happier, healthier lives. Since its founding, MAF has been at the forefront of efforts to advance cat health, and in November 2008, MAF will launch a global research effort on behalf of cats.

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Dr. Patricia Olson, MAF president and CEO, comments on cats being slighted in health research funding and veterinary care. "It is a sad irony that cats are the most popular pet in our country, yet far too little research funding and veterinary care is being provided to meet cats' unique health needs," Dr. Olson says. "Thanks to Hill's extraordinary donation to MAF, cats will be given a dramatically better opportunity for a long, healthy life."

Research emanating from these genetic tools should provide veterinarians with increased knowledge and capabilities to prevent and treat a wide range of cat diseases. Cat lovers everywhere can celebrate this milestone in feline health. It is hoped this increased focus on feline health and public awareness of the effort, will motivate cat owners to take their pets to the veterinarian more often. Presently, as documented by industry information, a large number of cats living in the United States do not receive regular health checkups and preventive veterinary care.

Part of this donation will establish an international coalition for feline genomic research. This coalition will advise MAF on the pot
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