The Winn Feline Foundation: Crusaders for Feline Health

| November 10, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Winn Feline Foundation: Crusaders for Feline HealthCat lovers everywhere will appreciate the mission of the Winn Feline Foundation: to enhance “the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education.” Below is some more information about this foundation, which has been working for over 50 years to improve the health of cats.

What is the Winn Feline Foundation?

The Winn Feline Foundation was started by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1968. It was created for the purpose of improving the health and welfare of cats by raising funds for research and education.

Today, the Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has worked with over 30 partner institutions globally to support more than $5 million worth of cats health research. The foundation has helped improve care for cats around the world, and through their work, the veterinary world has come to see cat healthcare as more than just an extension of dog health care, which means that cat owners have been able to receive more specialized and better treatment for their cats.

Winn Feline Foundation Grants and Education

When you donate to the Winn Felines Foundation, your money is going towards funding grants that the foundation awards twice a year. These grants support researchers conducting feline health studies. The proposals for these studies are reviewed by experts according to rigorous standards, and the Board of Directors considers the scientific merit of a study, its potential to contribute to cat health problems, the design, the budget, and of course the humane treatment of animal participants. All of the grant money goes directly towards the research, not any overhead costs.

In addition to funding new research for cat health issues, the Winn Feline Foundation also raises awareness about cat health issues both in the veterinary community and amongst cat owners. They do this by publishing educational articles about feline health, hosting an annual symposium on cat health issues that is open to both veterinarians and cat lovers alike, co-sponsoring international veterinary conferences, and sharing information through channels like videos and podcasts.

How can I support the Winn Feline Foundation?

If this sounds like an organization that you would like to support, there are three kinds of donations you can make to the Winn Feline Foundation:

  • General – This funds studies that will benefit all cats. For these major issues, the Foundation tries to stay away from breed specific programs and focus on research that will benefit all kinds of cats, such as genome sequencing, kidney disease, or oral cancer.
  • Endowment – Your donation will be invested, and the dividends will be used to fund future studies, conferences, symposiums, education, and other operations.
  • Special – These funds go towards critical health issues that could be specific to a certain cat breed. A lot of the special funds were established by donors in memory of a beloved pet who suffered from a particular disease.

To learn more about the Winn Feline Foundation and they ways they support and educate cat lovers, vets, and researchers, check out their website!

What do you know about the Winn Feline Foundation?

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Great post, Jenny! What an awesome organization! I had never heard of them before…just learned something new (again) by being a Floppycatter! I think it’s really wonderful that there is an organization like The Winn Feline Foundation out there!

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  2. Teresa Reid says:

    Great foundation. Am familiar with their Bria Fund that researches the horrible FIP virus. A very wonderful organization that has done a lot of good research in many feline diseases.♥♥♥♥

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