The Latest News from Winn Feline Foundation
November 2019
The Winn Feline Foundation advances feline health
by supporting research and education.
Every cat, every day benefits from Winn funded research.
The 2019 Cures4Cats Campaign kicked off on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 and runs through Tuesday, December 31st, 2019.

The 2019 Cures4Cats campaign focus will be an extension of last year's campaign focus, chronic kidney disease (CKD). This year we will continue our focus on CKD, but with an emphasis on feline hypertension.
Winn Feline Foundation will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

For more information about the 2019 Cures4Cats Campaign, and to find out how you can participate, click here .
Honored Donors - October 2019
Honored Donors are donations over $100. We are thrilled with all of our donations Winn receives. We have so many generous supporters and appreciate your willingness to help every cat, every day benefit with Winn funded research.
Holly Aglialoro
Ameriprise Financial
Marcus Brown
William Castillo
Colleen Currigan
Bruce Elsey
Christine Englund
Lisa Ericson
ChristinaFama-Keane
Lauren Gordon
Norman Grey
Lena Gubarev
Marjorie Hoskison
Nancy Jensen
KC Cat Clinic
John Kennedy
Nick Kledzik
Yayoi Kuzmin
Katarina Luther
Rosalinda Magalona
Lyndsey Manley
John Marino
Teri Matzkin
Merck Foundation
Pamela Moran
Julie and Tom Moylan
Floortje Nieuwenstein
Odyssey Group Foundation
Stephen Okino
Karen & John Patton
Melissa Rushford
Maryanne Schafer
Ann Segrest
Sue Seminew
Wendy Simpson
Larissa Taylor
The San Francisco Foundation TICA
Claus & Susanne Wehnert
International Association for Animal Hospice & Palliative Care
On November 16th and 17th, 2019, Winn Feline Foundation brought together researchers from around the world for a symposium on feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), at the University of California-Davis. Winn Feline Foundation, the world’s premiere non-profit funder of cat health studies, has been supporting studies on FIP since the disease was first discovered decades ago.
Bria Fund founder Susan Gingrich with Aly Miller, actress and co-writer of the short film "Aeris" which is about a kitten with FIP.
T he two-day Symposium, PURRsuing FIP and WINNing , included round-table discussions and short presentations with the latest information about FIP. On-site and virtual attendees represented all parts of the globe, with questions for the panelists coming from the US, Europe, Thailand, and Australia just to name a few.

Attendees included a diverse group of veterinary professionals, researchers, shelter and rescue professionals, students, cat fanciers, and cat lovers, all with an interest in the current research data regarding prevention, treatment, and a potential cure for feline infectious peritonitis.

 Stay tuned to Winn for additional information from the 2019 PURRsuing FIP and WINNing Symposium.
2020 Call for Grant Proposals
Submission deadline for grant proposals is December 9th, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed mid-March, 2020. For more information about submitting a proposal, click here.
Planned Giving Tips
By George Eigenhauser
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is unofficially known as “Giving Tuesday”. Following “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” the day was created to remind people of the value of philanthropy and encourage charitable giving during the holiday season. Although Giving Tuesday is not an official federal holiday in the United States, it has been growing in popularity since it was introduced in 2012. It is a holiday with no special rules and anyone can participate from their home or office.

The Winn Feline Foundation is an IRC section 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your donations to Winn are tax deductible. Founded in 1968, Winn is a public charity devoted to the welfare of all cats by developing or participating in projects for their betterment, including the funding of research and education. Over the years Winn has funded almost $7 million in health research for cats. Your donations to Winn can be made  here.
Stress Free Holiday Season Tips for You and Your Cat
With the holiday season just around the corner, all the hustle and bustle of the season can create stress for your cats. Whether your cats are comfortable around strangers or prefer to remain aloof, here are just a couple of tips to help decrease their stress as you celebrate with family and friends:

  • Provide a “guest-free” area for your cats. Set up an area or room as far away from the action possible, where your cat can escape the activity and noise. Include comfy beds, elevated surfaces like cat trees or window shelves, lots of favorite toys, and utilize pheromone products also. Make sure they have access to water and a litterbox without having to venture out of this “safe zone” and make sure that your guests know this area is a cats only zone. Set this area up over a few days, prior to any festivities, to give the cats time to become familiar with the space. Use treats or other rewards to make the space “pawsitive” for them.

  • Spend a little extra time with your cats each day. A few minutes a day of playing, petting, grooming, or other bonding activities you and your cats enjoy will go a long way towards increasing their confidence and reducing their stress. And as a bonus, it can help reduce your stress also!
 
For more information about keeping your cats safe and stress free during the holidays, contact your veterinary care provider or visit www.catvets.com .

Special thanks to Tabitha Kucera, RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP for her help with this article. Learn more about her at www.chirrupsandchatter.com
Shopping Amazon for the holidays? Log in using smile.amazon.com , select Winn Feline Foundation as your charity and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Winn.
Look for Winn Feline Foundation representatives at the following upcoming events:
FETCH Veterinary Conference December 12-15, 2019
San Diego, California
January 25-26, 2020
San Diego, California
January 25-26, 2020
Portland, Oregon
2018 Photo Contest Winner- Teddy
Get into the holiday spirit early and participate in Winn's  Best Holiday Cat Photo Contest! 
Send a photo of your cat in a holiday setting and/or holiday attire to us. Your photo will reside on Winn's gallery page for viewing.
For complete contest details and how to submit your photo, click here