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In my favorite resting place watching the red and yellow leaves float by in the wind and soaking in the last few rays of sunshine for the season, I start to slowly close my eyes when a fluffy tailed gray squirrel runs from the oak to the maple. How peaceful...Squirrel!? Time to move! Off my lawn, now!

Catching my breath after making sure the squirrel was back in the tree and out of sight, I'm ready for a snack. Of course, I'm always ready for a snack.

Oh no! My human is talking to our neighbor on her funny little black thing and I hear her mention one of my dear feline friends who lives in the next house over. We often share meows and tail messages across the hedge. My friend has been to the veterinarian and has a scary diagnosis. A growth in her tummy has been discovered and now must start an aggressive treatment program.

Some days I just don't know how lucky I am.

Memo to cat owners:

Diagnosis and treatment for cancer in cats have made amazing strides in recent years. Early diagnosis and new regimens discovered and tested by feline centered medical science have helped lengthen cat lives and improve survival. 

If you notice a change in behavior, weight loss, or discover a lump, contact your cat's veterinarian as soon as possible to schedule an examination. 

Remember it is National Pet Cancer Month.

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Unlike us, cats never outgrow their delight in cat capacities, nor do they settle finally for limitations. Cats, I think, live out their lives fulfilling their expectations.

- Irving Townsend

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Every Cat, Every Day Benefits from Winn-Funded Research~ November, 2016
A Special Research Grant Award by Winn

One year ago, in memory of Speckles, an anonymous donor gave Winn an extraordinary gift for abdominal cancer research.

In recognition of Speckles, Winn established the 
Speckles Abdominal Cancer Campaign. Numerous donors have contributed to this special effort to find answers for abdominal cancer in cats (lymphoma, carcinoma, or mast cell disease).

Winn is excited to announce the award for the first Speckles research grant. Winn hopes to award more future grants in this critical area of cat health.

In memory of Speckles:

Characterization of the fecal microbiome and  metabolome in cats with IBD and low-grade lymphoma. (MTW16-018)

Principal Investigator: Jan Suchodolski, DVM, PhD, AGAF, DACVIM, Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Laboratory; $23,450.

Be Part of November Catsgiving

You can receive this delightful Winn car magnet if you donate $25 or more during the month of November. Please put the word Magnet in the promo box.

You are our partner in improving the health and welfare of cats. We need your support to be able to award more grants like the Speckles Award. In addition, many other diseases need your support - FIP (Bria Fund), heart disease (Ricky Fund), amyloidosis, other cancers along with a number of other health concerns of cats.

Join us during this Catsgiving Time, receive your magnet, and "Show Your Winn Pride" by donating at our Give Now page.

Remember November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a day of sharing and giving back to those causes that are important to you. 

Winn's Annual Holiday Photo Contest Is Here
Send a photo of your cat in a holiday setting and/or holiday attire to us by December 24th. 
Is your cat   "Best of Show in Holiday Attire" or 
"Most Humorous Holiday Spirit"

One way to know is by sending us a photo and joining in our holiday celebration of cats and their humans.

Enjoy viewing your photo along with all the others in our photo gallery during the Holidays! Send along a story about what the holidays mean to you and your cat for additional mention.

Our panel of judges will select the winners for a $50 Amazon Gift Card in each category. 

Get in the cat spirit this holiday season! Send your photo and/or story to

Winn at the 2016 AAFP Conference

Thank you to all the wonderful people who visited the Winn Feline Foundation booth at the recent American Assn. of Feline Practitioner's (AAFP) conference in Washington DC. To learn more about this very successful and informative meeting about cats, visit

A special Thank You to the  Art for Cat's Sake Foundation, represented in the photo by Dr. Karen Becnel and Tim Becnel.  The Foundation raises money to support research funded in part by Winn Feline Foundation. The Becnels presented Winn with a check for $2500 to sponsor MTW16-018, the Speckles Grant Award, while at the conference.

Everyone's love of cats and interest in Winn's efforts on behalf of cats is inspiring. Our booth and informational materials will travel next year to Western Veterinary Conference (WVC), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) meeting, and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Annual Conference. 
See you there!

Double Your Impact for Cats This Holiday Season

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
Make 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 

Winn is also a participant in the  IGive program  for charities. For this holiday season...
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 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 November

Many people today have online assets, accounts, bill payment, auto-deposit, document storage, social media and information which only they can access.  

Until recently most states did NOT have laws to allow your fiduciaries (i.e. Executors, Trustees, Attorneys-In-Fact) to manage your online presence.  The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (UFADAA) allows fiduciaries access to digital assets.  You may also restrict your fiduciary's access to email, text messages, and social media accounts if you do not consent.  

The UFADAA was amended in 2015 and since then it has been adopted by many states.  You should consult with your attorney from time to time to assure your estate plan is up to date under current law and still reflects your wishes.    

For any questions, please contact

One Method to Manage Anxiety in Cats

In the continuum of whole pet health care there is a great demand by pet guardians to include products derived from natural sources.  

In this VetVine Specialty Update, we review the evidence to support the use of lavender as part of the management of anxiety in animals. 

Winn's Honor Roll Program recognizes Veterinary Technicians too

How can you recognize and say thank you to an extraordinary licensed technician?

Just ask Ellen Carozza, LVT, of the NOVA Cat Clinic in Arlington, VA. We met Ellen at the annual AAFP conference in Washington DC earlier this month. She spoke of the thrill of receiving recognition and her unique certificate through the Winn Technician Honor Roll.

Read more about our Honor Roll for veterinarians or technicians.
Make their day by honoring a special person today!
Honored Donors for October 2016

Holly Aglialoro Dr. Anna-Lena Berg David Blackman
Jennifer Bromberg Dr. Marcus Brown Dr. Ann Brownlee
Dr. Steve Callahan Dr. Cindy Carlton Matt Chin
George/Sharon Demuth Nicole Dey Carmen Dumas
Lorraine Fluharty Lena Gubarev Alicia Holmgren
Dawn Jung-Bakker Jeffrey Long John Marino
Heather Martin Kelly McAvoy Suzanne Meissner
Louise Minnick Eileen Moyer Camilla Owen
Dr. Arnold Plotnick Scott/Jacqui Polakoff Mary Prickette
Jennifer Pardon Janet Rockwell Dr. Carol Roshkind
Deborah Russell Aaron Safronoff MaryAnne Schafer
Lorraine Shelton Dr. Raj Singh Marsha Stanton
Dr. Larissa Taylor Robert/Dr. Vicki Thayer Tonkinese Breed Association
In special memory of Mr. Stephen Claeys
for his Estate bequest to Winn.

Thank You!

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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