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New Health Research Will Improve Life and Health for Cats Waiting to be Adopted - June is Adopt-a-Cat Month
Date:5/14/2009

Anonymous Cat Lover Will Match Donations to Morris Animal Foundation's Helping Shelters Help Cats Initiative Dollar for Dollar up to $500,000

DENVER, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of homeless cats lose their lives in shelters each year -- often due to common yet treatable illnesses. In a survey conducted by Morris Animal Foundation (MAF), experts identified upper respiratory disease, diarrhea and ringworm as the top health issues for shelter cats. To address these issues, MAF's new Helping Shelters Help Cats program is funding three feline health research studies aimed at reducing stress and increasing adoption rates. News of the three grants and the shelter program coincides with the promotion of Adopt-a-Cat Month in June. Learn more about upper respiratory disease and support MAF's shelter cat research at www.research4cats.org.

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Helping Shelters Help Cats is part of MAF's Happy Healthy Cat Campaign, an unprecedented effort to raise pet-owner awareness of feline health issues and increase funding for feline health research and scientist training. The following research studies are the first to receive campaign support. This funding is 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.

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