Kitty Kollar is proud to be a sponsor of Winn Feline Foundation’s work to enhance the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education. (See article written by Lisa Salvaggio, Donor Care Specialist, after the break.)
Taurine in cat food, high protein diets for diabetes, identifying the FIP and FIV viruses, testing for feline leukemia virus, genetic tests for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Maine Coon and Ragdoll cats–Winn helped make it happen.
There is a donor tree at CFA headquarters in Alliance, Ohio with leaves, rocks and boulders recognizing individuals and companies who have supported Winn’s work. Kitty Kollar is proud to have two leaves on the tree, and we would love to have some of our customers join us to help fill up the tree and make more life-saving research possible.
Continue reading for more information on Winn, and click here to see the Donor Tree.
Winn Feline Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1968 that supports studies to improve cat health. Since 1968, Winn Feline Foundation has funded over $5.6 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. This funding is made possible through the support of dedicated donors and partners. Research supported by Winn Feline Foundation helps veterinarians by providing educational resources that improve treatment of common feline health problems and prevent many diseases. Grants are awarded at least twice yearly with the help of the foundation’s expert review panel. For further information, go to Winn Feline Foundation.
Winn Feline Foundation Announces Grant Award Evaluating Gastrointestinal Disease in Cats
Winn Feline Foundation has announced the awarding of a research grant to evaluate differences in cats diagnosed with chronic gastrointestinal disease caused by chronic inflammation (IBD) or cancer (lymphoma). The grant award was made possible through the generous gift by anonymous donors in memory of their cat, Speckles, a companion lost due to abdominal cancer.
Winn Board President, Glenn Olah, DVM, PhD, DABVP (Feline) stated that:
“This project plans to look at the fecal bacterial and metabolite composition in healthy cats and cats with inflammatory bowel disease and low-grade alimentary lymphoma, and possibly identify fecal biomarkers which may provide a better non-invasive diagnostic tool as well as possibly provide therapeutic targets.”
Currently, these two diseases can only be diagnosed by biopsy. This is an expensive procedure and is not 100% accurate. While biopsies are generally safe, the procedure does require general anesthesia and there can be slight bleeding, neither of which is ideal for sick or debilitated kitties. As with other diseases, the key to ultimately finding a cure for IBD and lymphoma must start with the ability to properly diagnose, so we are very excited to hear of this study.
For more information about the grant or to make a donation, contact the Winn Feline Foundation.
Kitty Kollar Donation Supports Winn Feline Foundation
The overarching goal at Kitty Kollar has always been to help cats and dogs that are undergoing medical challenges. Since our inception we have asked every pet parent to share what his or her pet is being treated for, helping us to determine where future research efforts should be concentrated.
This year we created a Way-To-Give in conjunction with Winn Feline Foundation (http://www.winnfelinefoundation.org/) to sponsor at least one 2017 research study around lymphoma, IBD, kidney disease, diabetes, FHL, and/or pancreatitis.
We have been thanked by so many of you for what we provide for your pets and asked by many of you for various ways to help more cats.
You now have the opportunity to add to this research opportunity, through “Kitty Kollar Customers Care” in honor or in memory of your pet, or a special veterinarian or licensed technician.
To donate, you may use this link: https://winnfelinefoundation.salsalabs.org/kittykollarcustomerscare or go directly to Winn’s secure donation page at https://support.winnfelinefoundation.org.
You also have the opportunity to sign up for Winn’s monthly newsletter when you give.
Each gift will receive a personal acknowledgement from Winn and of course your donation is tax-deductible.
If you wish to make a more substantial donation or to include Winn in your trust and estate planning, you may contact:
Donor Care Specialist
888-963-6946, Ext 701
We invite you to join with us to help in the search for answers and cures to these chronic and too common diseases.