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Nothing like a new Christmas Toy to get a crazy cat chasing into the New Year!

Infused with fresh aroma of virgin catnip, the object of my attention has a pulsating red light and buzzer built into a shapely mouse like figure and is attached to a string at the end of a small, flexible, plastic tube. It is the ultimate feline fantasy. I must have it. Now!

I'm nearly breathless in anticipation before attacking my nemesis with an ardor unseen since kitten hood (or at least since my last early morning scurry). Now my human has the audacity to hold it so the new toy is just out of my reach. I'll get even with her just as soon as I stop jumping and twisting...

Special note to cat owners:

While Winnie is off chasing her new toy (cat attention spans only last for food), she asked me to tell her friends how sad she is to learn about the passing of one of Winn's and Winnie's dearest friends, Fred Jacobberger. Fred was the first to recommend Winn Feline Foundation adopt a mascot and wholeheartedly endorsed the selection of Winnie. His leadership, friendship and compassion for cats will be missed.

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It is with the approach of winter that cats...wear their richest fur and assume an air of sumptuous and delightful opulence.

- Pierre Loti

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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn-Funded Research~January 2017
Bria and Ricky Fund Specific 
Donation Pages Now Available

Winn has created specific donation pages for those donors who wish to donate directly to the Bria Fund for FIP research and to the Ricky Fund for HCM research.

The pages are available for donors who live in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. And for those donors who wish to donate through PayPal.

For the Bria Fund Donation Page:

For the Ricky Fund Donation Page:

Winn's main online donation page is still available for donations for ALL funds and donors at:

Thank you again for your support!

In Remembrance

Dr. Glenn Olah, Winn President (left),
Fred Jacobberger (right)
A long time former board member and Winn's attorney, Fred Jacobberger
passed away on January 12 in Las Vegas, NV.

Fred was a dedicated supporter of Winn Feline Foundation and The Cat Fanciers' Association.
He served as a director of Winn from June, 1998 through June, 2015. Fred continued to serve as the attorney for Winn after leaving the Board of Directors. He was an important resource for Winn on legal and business matters and was a key figure in Winn's development and growth over the past nearly 20 years. In addition to his professional role as Winn's legal advisor, Fred was the idea person behind Winn's mascot, Winnie.

Fred will be deeply missed by all. His family has designated any memorial gifts to be sent to Winn Feline Foundation, online at this link or mail to 637 Wyckoff Ave, Ste 336, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.

Here are the 2016 Holiday Photo Winners
Thank you to all the holiday photo contestants! Winn had 31 entries and all the cats were winners in their willingness to be photographed in holiday attire or setting.

The selections for each category are:

Best Holiday Attire:   
Meowy Christmas from Leo

Most Humorous:

Runner Up: Most beautiful, dressed for a Winter Ball

View all the lovely 2016 holiday cat photos.

The winners in the two main categories receive a $50 Amazon gift card and the runner up receives a $25 Amazon gift card.
A 2017 Veterinary Scholarship Opportunity

Winn Feline Foundation (Winn) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) are pleased to announce they will offer in 2017 two joint scholarships for third or fourth year (Class of 2017 and Class of 2018) veterinary students enrolled in an accredited veterinary college or school in the United States or Canada. 

The two $2,500 awards will be based upon academic achievement, financial need, leadership, and dedication to and excellence in the study of feline medicine, health and welfare.

These two joint scholarships, one $2,500 scholarship for a veterinary student with a feline practice interest and the second $2,500 scholarship for a veterinary student with a clinical scientific research interest, are now open for the submission of applications.

A focus on the big cats this month:

The illegal hunt and killing of "Cecil" - an African Lion - received international attention and outcry. 

Learn more about the challenges and current status of wildlife conservation and care in South Africa.

A final progress report summary for grant W15-037

There was a lot of recent interest on Winn's Facebook page for our blog post about research using stem cells to create organic liver tissue to study liver disease and the effect of drugs on the liver.

You can read about these exciting research findings 
here on our blog. See what Winn is doing for cat health and also s ign up to get the blog delivered to your email box twice a week.

Important Planned Giving Tip for January

When making donations some taxpayers may transfer funds from their IRA to an eligible charitable organization.  These transferred amounts are counted in determining whether the donor has met the required minimum distribution from their IRA.  

To do so the donor must be 70 ½ years of age or older.  Up to $100,000 a year may be transferred tax-free directly to an eligible organization.  More information about qualified charitable distributions may be found in Publication 590 B, Distributions from Individual Retirement Arrangements.

For any questions, please contact

Honored Donors for December 2016

Winn had many honored donors of $100 or more for December. The list was so long that putting all the names in our usual table would make the newsletter too long to read. 

The table of our December Honored Donors is linked here.

Winn sends a giant THANK YOU to all our generous donors for December and all of 2016. You make a difference in the lives of cats.
Thank You!

On the Calendar 

January 26-29: The New Culture Club Cat Show in Portland, OR :     Stop by and visit the Winn booth!

February 11: Meet the Breeds in New York City: Stop by and visit at the Winn booth. Ask the Cat Behavior Specialist, 
Beth Adelman, will be there to answer your cat behavior questions.

Thank you for your continued support.

Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors


Phone: 201.275.0624, ext 701

637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336
Wyckoff, NJ 07481