Winn Feline Foundation News June 2020
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Winn Feline Foundation advances feline health by supporting research and education.
Every cat, every day benefits from Winn funded research.
Doc Bales'
Top Five Things Your Cat Wants You to Know
this 4th of July
Here are the top 5 things you need to know to keep your cat safe and calm during the fireworks this 4th of July. -By Dr. Liz Bales

1 -  Prepare, then relax and stay calm. When you are calm, your cat is more likely to stay calm.
2 -  In the shelter community, July 5 is one of the busiest days of the year. Frightened cats can bolt through open windows and from familiar places and become disoriented and lost. Bring your cats indoors long before the fireworks begin. Secure doors/windows, so your frightened cat doesn’t escape. In the event your cat does get out, make sure microchip info is up to date and have a current photo.

3 -  Cats hide when they are afraid. This makes them feel safe and secure. Provide your cat with plenty of cozy places to hide, like covered beds and cat tunnels. Make sure they have easy access to a litter box, food, and water from the hiding spots.

4 -  Play white noise, classical music, or music designed specifically for cats to soothe your cat and help to buffer the noise.

5 -  Talk to your vet. They can help you decide if medication is warranted to help your cat through the fireworks.

Liz Bales, VMD is a 2000 graduate of The University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine who has gained a special interest in the unique behavioral and wellness needs of pets. She is the founder of Doc and Phoebe’s Cat Company and the inventor of The Indoor Hunting Feeder for cats. Learn more at

Winn Feline Foundation
FIP Symposium: PURRsuing FIP and WINNing
Summary Document
is available now!
Click the picture to download your copy!  

Honored Donors
May 2020
 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
Leslie Baron
Benevity Inc.
Julie Benzer
Jenny Birmingham-Baron
Patrick Bowers
Marcus Brown
Burmese Club of Southern California
Barbara Carrig
Davida Cramer
Joanne Egerton
Lisa Ericson
Garden State Cat Club of NJ Inc
David & Sue Grubb
Lena Gubarev
Bonnie Hartland
Marjorie Hoskinson
Leigh Hourihane
Idexx Laboratories, Inc.
Leigh Anne Jimenez
KC Cat Clinic
Maria Kovas
Jennifer Kramer
Oleg Kuzmin
Shareen Lee
Jessica Mace
Carol Magenau
Ryan Malane
Mars Incorporated
Diana Place
Franciscan Silver & Golden Fanciers
Jewel Reese
Nadine Rund
Wendy Simpson
J. Stefko
Daniele Thomas
Karen Thomas
Abe Uharriet
United Way of Lake County
Daniel Watson
Richard Weavil
Cindy & George Webster
Drew Weigner
Janet & Otto Wolf
Catherine Wray
Yue Zhang
Martha Zuck

Planned Giving Tips
By George Eigenhauser
Not all income tax breaks require you itemize your deductions. Some are also available to people taking the standard deduction. Many are “above-the-line” and work by reducing your adjusted gross income before calculating taxes. They are available to you whether you itemize or take the standard deduction.
This year there is a charitable deduction available for people taking the standard deduction. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new $300 “above-the-line” charitable deduction for donations made during 2020 and claimed on your 2020 return next year. 
If you own a business or work for yourself (including contractors and “gig” workers) you may still deduct your ordinary business expenses. These expenses are used to determine the “net profit” on your business, which is then added to your other sources of income to determine your adjusted gross income.   

If you work for yourself you may be able to write off up to half of what you pay in social security tax. Self-employed taxpayers may deduct costs of health insurance for themselves or their families. (You generally can’t claim this adjustment if you or your spouse are eligible for health insurance through an employer.) 

If you own a rental property, expenses associated with the property are deductible against rental income, regardless of whether you itemize or take the standard deduction. 
Contributions to a traditional individual retirement account (IRA) reduce your taxable income. Money used to fund a health savings account may reduce your income if you made contributions with after-tax money. For the self-employed, contributions to certain retirement plans reduce your taxable income. 
Educator expenses of up to $250 each year for supplies purchased for your classroom may be claimed as an adjustment to income.

Interest on student loans up to $4,000 per year may be claimed to reduce your taxable income. This is subject to certain restrictions, including income limitations, and has been extended through 2020.
Penalties for early withdrawal from CDs or other deposit accounts may be an adjustment to income.
These tax breaks are available to taxpayers who itemize as well as those who take the standard deduction, although some may be subject to restrictions. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

- George J. Eigenhauser Jr. is an attorney at law, licensed in the state of California since 1979. He has served on the Winn Board of Directors and as CFA liaison to Winn for more than 10 years. His expertise in the area of wills, trusts and estate planning allows him to assist donors with planned giving decisions. He is also the legislative coordinator for the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. and has served on the CFA board for 15 years.
Winn Feline Foundation
2020 Miller Trust Grants Call for Proposals
In 2002, the George Sydney and Phyllis Redman Miller Trust designated Winn Feline Foundation as one of its advisor organizations. Winn has subsequently been provided an unprecedented opportunity to make annual recommendations for grant awards to the San Francisco Foundation, trustees of the Miller Trust. The total grant funding....
Read more here... .
Winn Announces Monthly Webinar Series
In response to great feedback from participants who attended "PURRsuing FIP and WINNing: What We Know Today" in April and more recently " From Health and Morphology to Complex Genetic Traits, the Path of Progress in Feline Genetics" on June 11th, the Winn Feline Foundation Education Committee has voted to continue offering at least monthly webinars thru March 2021. These webinars will feature feline experts in various fields on various topics intended to educate and inform cat owners, cat fanicers and veterinary professionals. Where applicable, the webinars will be submitted for RACE approval for CE credits. Come and learn with Winn Feline Foundation! The next webinar, " Unique DNA Pages in the Cat’s Book presented by Dr. Hasan Al-haddad of Kuwait University, is scheduled for July 15, 2020. Watch for more information and announcements on our website, and in future newsletters and emails!

Winn would like to thank TICA and CFA for their continued support of this venture.
Research Updates
Read all of the latest news, updates and final reports on Winn-funded feline health studies HERE or click the links below to read each update.
W17-033 - Foraging behavior under threat and enrichment in confined cats.
(A Winn-funded study interim research progress report)  
Principal Investigators: Dr. Mikel Delgado, Dr. Melissa Bain, Dr. Tony Buffington; University of California-Davis
MT18-004 - Comparative analysis of the effect of orally administered acid suppressants on gastric pH in cats.
(A Winn- funded final research grant progress report)
Principal Investigators: M. Katherine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Texas A&M University; Adesola Odunayo, DVM, MS, DACVECC; University of Tennessee
W19-039 - Evaluation of feline urine concentration of amoxicillin and clavulanate.  (A Winn-funded research final progress report summary)
Principal Investigators: Kate Kukanich, Butch Kukanich; Kansas State University; Mark Papich; North Carolina State University
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the Winn Feline Foundation are excited to announce the recipients of their 2020 joint scholarships.
The $2,500 scholarships, one for feline clinical practice and one for feline clinical research scientist, are awarded to veterinary students who show a passion for feline health and welfare and believe the advancement of feline medicine is crucial across all veterinary practices.
Congratulations Ms. Tondo and Ms. King!
Ms. Jessica Tondo, who currently is a third-year veterinary student at Western University of Health Sciences, was awarded the feline clinical practice scholarship. Ms. Tondo always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and after receiving her B.S. in Physiology from the University of Washington in Seattle, she decided to focus on her passion and start her journey to become a veterinarian. “I hope to advocate for feline health and wellness. I have grown up with cats my whole life, and am forever grateful for the love and compassion they provide.”
Ms. Emily King, a junior at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the clinical research scientist scholarship due to her exceptional promise in feline medicine. “Bit by the research bug,” early on in her education, Ms. King was drawn to investigation into feline-specific research. This led her to explore the role anatomic pathologists play and how the research integrated into feline medicine. “With the knowledge and experience I hope to gain from this next step, I'd eventually love to apply this to feline-specific research (such as FCoV or FIV).”