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Viva Las Vegas!!!

My human went on the road to a conference in Las Vegas last week and I got to tag along. Wrapped up in a comfortable yet secure kitty holder and firmly attached to my leash, I hung on tight as we rode the elevator up to our room and back down again as we headed off to the meeting.

After the elevator ride, we walked through a giant room filled with noisy machines with lots of blinking lights and sounds of ringing bells and dropping coins. It must be fascinating for humans as I peeked out of my kitty carrier and saw many people sitting and staring motionless at the machines like I sit at the window waiting for a bird to fly by.

Next, we visited the feline friendly booth and met several celebrity cats showing off their stuff. Not only did I get to meet two wonderful Kurilian Bobtails and two Persians, but I also met the star of the show, the acknowledged marquee attraction, a beautiful Bengal kitten appropriately named "Marquee Attraction".  I initially thought his name was "Oh My Gosh" as that is what almost all the human visitors to the TICA booth would say when they first saw his lovely spotted coat.
LOOK - OH MY GOSH!


Memo to cat owners:
More and more cats are travelling with their owners. Hotels with pet friendly policies and new, innovative carrier designs ensuring safe and secure transport are making it easier and safer for our cat companions to accompany us on our trips. 

To ensure your feline friend is ready to travel, condition your cat by carrying them around the house, preferably in a cloth wrap carrier close to your body. Start with small trips and observe how your companion reacts to loud noises and unexpected actions.

Happy Travels!

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I saw the most beautiful cat today. It was sitting by the side of the road, its two front feet neatly and graciously together. Then it gravely swished around its tail to completely and ugly encircle itself. It was so fit and beautifully neat, that gesture, and so self-satisfied--so complacent.

- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn-Funded Research ~ March, 2017
What Happens in Vegas...Is the Winn Grant Review



The 2017 Winn Grant Review:

Winn Feline Foundation just completed our 2017 grant review in Las Vegas. Ten grant awards for a total funding of $216,017 will be announced shortly.

What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas. Thanks to our wonderful donors Winn will be sharing better health news for cats around the world.

The Winn Symposium~Hold This Date and Register Early

Our speaker is one of the foremost experts on FIP, Dr. Niels Pedersen. The 2-hour symposium on June 29th at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago will be dedicated to current information about FIP. 
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A special guest, Mr. Peter Cohen of Zen by Cat, will give a short video presentation about Miss Bean and Smokey, two cats that have been participants in the clinical trial using a protease inhibitor drug for wet FIP. We expect a large crowd so register early



Cat clubs that have donated $500 or more since July 1, 2016 and through June 25, 2017 will receive one free registration for a member to the Symposium.




A Behavior Q & A on May 24th

Early bird registration is now open for this free, feline focused Behavior Q&A - Ask The Experts webinar.  Registrants will be invited to submit a question, photo, or video for our behavior experts to analyze and comment on!  Read more and register: 

Register Here



The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is holding another Poster Session at their 2017 annual conference.

The AAFP invites practitioners, academicians, and researchers passionate about advancing feline medicine, to  submit an abstract to the AAFP by May 23rd, 11:59 p.m. ET. 
Abstracts should contain original research or case reports/series, and original information that has not been previously published.
Coming Soon ~ Feline Health Bytes


Watch for a free webinar series on feline health topics featuring experts in veterinary medicine for cat enthusiasts everywhere. The Feline Health Bytes will be presented by VetVine and brought to you by The International Cat Association and Winn Feline Foundation with sponsorship by Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat.

Details can be found soon at www.tica.orgwww.winnfelinefoundation.org with 
VetVine's page  on the Coming Attractions on cat health. 

Surveys about the webinars have been sent out and the results are in. Thank you to all who participated in the survey which will guide us in delivering a top-notch series about cat health.

BRIA FUNDraisers and news


Do you love Chocolate? Who doesn't? Rachael Benion is raising money for the Bria Fund for FIP Research for the month of March. You can order wonderful chocolate items (Dove Chocolate) through the Cocoa Exchange and support finding a cure for FIP. If you search for a hostess, please put in first name: Bria, last name: Fund.

ParadisMaison has a "Rainbow Bridge" double-sided kitten black and white cushion cover available to order. All profits go to the Bria Fund for FIP research.
Details to order can be found on ParadisMaison's website

Exciting news! Winn will be holding a special grant review on FIP research this coming Fall. A separate Call for Proposals will be going out to researchers next month.

Double Your Impact for Cats With Your Gift this Year

Your donation can have double the impact for FIP, heart disease, or other types of Winn-funded research. You can check your eligibility on our  Matching Gifts page. Or you will have the option to check your eligibility and apply at the end of the donation process.

Did you know your volunteer efforts may be eligible for a grant to your charity of choice. It is called "Dollars for Doers" in many instances. Verizon, State Farm and Microsoft are just a few companies who offer these  volunteer grant programs
 
Have your gift go farther!

Do you use AmazonSmile or IGive? Please consider Winn when you order for the holidays!

Winn Feline Foundation is a participant in the   Amazon Smile program when you shop Amazon.com. 

Winn is also a participant in the  IGive program  for charities.
Every new member who shops to help Winn Feline Foundation earns an extra $5 donation when they make a purchase at any iGive store within 45 days of joining.
Spread the cheer about Winn Feline Foundation. Invite your friends to help at the same time.
 
Please select Winn Feline Foundation as your charitable organization of choice when you use Amazon Smile and/or IGive when you do your personal online shopping. 


Planned Giving Tip for March
You must be able to document any charitable donations you deduct on your tax return.  Cash donations should have a bank record such as a canceled check or credit card receipt (with the name of the charity) or a written record from the organization. The writing must include the date, the amount and the organization that received the donation.
 
For charitable contributions greater than $250 you must have an acknowledgment from the qualified organization.  For payroll deductions you can keep a copy of your W-2, pay stub, or other employer furnished document.  For federal workers your Combined Federal Campaign pledge card should be retained.  Additional rules apply for donations of property.  You don't submit these records or receipts with your tax return but they should be available in case of an audit.

For any questions, please contact info@winnfelinefoundation.org  about a planned gift to Winn or prior monthly Planned Giving tips.

Honored Donors for February 2017





Holly Aglialoro Benevity Inc. Dr. Anna-Lena Berg
Patrick Bowers Dr. Marcus Brown Diane Castor
Estate of Mary A. Rash Dr. Kathryn Christensen Catherine Fijalkovic
Dr. Josephine Fike Stefania Maione Kimberly Meesters
Pamela Metts Boyer Lena Gubarev Rose Molner
Dr. Arnold Plotnick Mark Ross MaryAnne Schafer
Lorraine Shelton Dr. Raj Singh B. Allison Suggs
Dr. Larissa Taylor Robert/Dr. Vicki Thayer The New Culture Club, TICA
TICA Siamese Breed Group Twin City Cat Fanciers United Way/Philadelphia and S. New Jersey
Nancy Vehrs Judy Wobleski Janet/Otto Wolf
Cat Hospital of Tucson/Dr. Minta Keyes Dr. Renee Rucinsky Dr. Wendy Simpson

Special recognition to a recurring monthly donor:
ForestWind Siberian Cats

Thank You for your generosity!

On the Calendar 


March 28: Respect Your Cat Day

March 30-April 2: Visit the Winn booth at the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Conference in Nashville
Thank you for your continued support.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors

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