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  Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn-funded Research
August 2015
Winnie's Corner

Meow.... Many thanks to all my reader friends who replied to my human's request last month and suggested new deeds and fun activities for me. 

While I'm not yet sold on my human's first response to the many ideas, I suppose I will have to make do. A new resting place above the keyboard finger exerciser seems like a conspiracy to keep me away while my human pretends to work. 

While it looks soft and warm and gives me a good view of both the computer and the room. I know the purpose is simply to thwart my need to interrupt her work and be the center of attention. If she thinks I'll fall for this new resting place, Meow! I can still reach out and remind her who is queen of the house!

Just because  the new bed is soft and warm doesn't mean...well maybe it won't hurt to give it a try as I am feeling the need for a catnap... oh my it really is as nice and warm as it looks, purr, purr, zzzzzzzzzz.

Memo to Cat Owners: 

August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation Day and August 22nd is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day.

Join Winnie in celebrating both! Our readers who are owned by black cats know the loving and friendly nature of these often misunderstood and unique felines.  If you visit your local shelter in a quest for a new friend, don't dismiss the charcoal kitties simply because of their fur color.

The annual visit to your veterinarian for your feline friend is like an annual visit to your medical professional and just as important. Establishing a baseline record during a wellness visit makes it easier to tell when a future visit might turn into an early diagnosis and treatment of an illness.

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Every life should have nine cats.




Cats are only human, they have their faults.


-Kingsley Amis,

English author and  poet

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George Eigenhauser, Dr. Urs Giger


Excellence in Feline Research Award

What do feline blood types, neonatal isoerythrolysis, and pyruvate kinase deficiency all have in common? Dr. Urs Giger

Winn is pleased to announce that Dr. Giger recently received the Winn/AVMF (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) Excellence in Feline Research Award. His research on feline transfusion medicine, hematology, and hereditary diseases has been transformative for the health of cats.

Winn Board Director, George Eigenhauser, presented the crystal cat award and a $2500 check to Dr. Giger at the NIH/Merial Young Scholars' Symposium held on the campus of the University of California-Davis.

Read more about Dr. Giger's outstanding career in the world of feline medicine.

~ Honor Your Veterinarian ~
Winn offers supporters a special way to recognize veterinarians who have provided outstanding care to their feline patients. The Veterinary Honor Roll presents a unique opportunity to honor your veterinarian - and give a memorable gift that will resonate with them for years to come.

For a donation of $100 or more, your respected and honored veterinarian will receive a letter of notification and a beautiful framed certificate (above) suitable for proud display in the veterinary hospital. In addition, they will receive recognition on the Winn Feline Foundation website.

In recent months, the following veterinarians have been recognized by their clients for their outstanding care of cats.

Renee RucinskySteve CloutmanWendy Simpson (2)
Teresa Cornwell (2)Christopher CarskaddenPaul Sedlacek
Karen HoffmanMeredith WellerMelanie Ellis (2)
Daniel WatsonTracy McFarlandGeri Wegner
Anne SinclairJordan KocenMarilyn Khoury
Terry StangleinLoren GasslerJack Sexton
Kristin HittChristine Ratti CzernieckiCindy Taylor
Elizabeth PerkinsRebecca NortonBarbara Kirch
Timothy HungCarlos HodgesRonald Hodges
Amanda HurleyKaterina TremlovaGeri Wegner (staff)

Honor Your Veterinarian Today


2015 Bria Fund "Raise the Roof" Raffle 
for FIP Research

Please join Winn and Bria Fund Supporters in raising money for the Bria Fund's 2016 FIP research, and have some fun, too. It is a great way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Bria Fund. 

Read more about the plans for "Raising the Roof" for 2016. 
Chronic Kidney Disease Survey

The feline chronic kidney research team at Colorado State University, headed by Dr. Jessica Quimby, is conducting a research study in collaboration with Vet Professionals. Interested owners of cats with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are encouraged to access an online questionnaire as part of the team's research.

They are especially interested in hearing from owners of cats that have used subcutaneous (SQ) fluids. If you have not given SQ fluids and/or, if your cat with CKD has died, you can still take the questionnaire. As a thank you for your time, you can claim 50% discount on their new edition of our book 'Caring for a cat with chronic kidney disease' by Dr. Sarah Caney, available in print or PDF format. Thank you in advance! 
~ Take Your Cat to the Vet Day~
and Winn on the Road

August 22nd is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day - The American Assn. of Feline Practioners (AAFP) reminds everyone  of the importance of an annual health check up for your feline friend.

Top 5 Benefits of Routine Exams You May Not Know About  ~ An infographic and article for your use.

Top 5 Tips for Taking the Stress Out of Vet Visits  ~
An infographic and article for your use.

Winn Feline Foundation will be on the road with our booth at the AAFP World Feline Veterinary Conference in San Diego from October 1 - 4. Please stop by and say Hello!

Coming Up On The Calendar

Sept. 11th & 12th: The 7th Tufts' Canine & Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference 
Registration is limited to 85 people though there will be Livestreaming of the Conference. Registration information and conference details can be found here.

August 17th: National Black Cat Appreciation Day

August 22nd: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 30th: National Holistic Pet Day

September 13th: National Pet Memorial Day
~ Planned Giving Tip for August~

Don't forget, if you receive anything of value in exchange for your charitable contribution it may reduce the amount you may deduct on your taxes.  If you are given "swag" in exchange for your donation, such as a T-shirt, tote bag or other goods and services, then your deduction is limited to the amount your donation exceeds the value of the merchandise or services you received. Keep track as you go to maximize your deduction later. 

More information is available on our Planned Giving page or by contacting Winn.
*Honored Donors for July 2015*

AIG Matching Grants Program
Tania Antenucci
Jan Beardsley-Blanco
Big Y Foods, Inc.
CFA Foundation
Nicola Chand
Dr. Kathryn Christensen
Mary Condon
Barbara Contrera
Dr. Bruce Elsey
Dr. Edward Gilsleider
Bruce Gonzalez
Richard Hazel
James Hill
Wes/Lyn Hoffmaster
Honeywell Corp.
Elizabeth Hoos
Kathleen/William Hoos
Deborah Jesson
Dr. Heather Lorimerd
Catherine Mallery
Susan McIlvain
Dr. Brian Holub
Joan/Peter Miller-Keys
Sheila Windom, Treas./Norwegian Forest Cat Fanciers' Assn.
Dr. Arnold Plotnick
Lewis Pratt
Carole Pulkowski
Sue Robbins
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Linda Sellaro
Valerie Smith
Starbucks Coffee Company
Bob/Dr. Vicki Thayer
Karen/Tonkinese Breed Assn.
Lila Jean Wagner
Dr. Daniel Watson
Claus/Susanne Wehnert

Special Acknowledgement for Honored Donors: 

Claus and Susanne Wehnert are new Diamond Level Donors ($100,000 or more in total donations). They have been outstanding supporters of the Bria Fund for FIP Research. Winn cannot thank them enough for their continued support of the critical research needed to help make cats' lives better. 
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Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors