Helping Shelters Help Cats program is a research program of the Morris Animal Foundation to save shelter cats. Millions of homeless cats lose their lives in shelters each year because of common, yet treatable illnesses. The Helping Shelters Help Cats program funds research that improves the lives of cats living in shelters and helps them stay healthy and stress free until they are adopted.
Through an anonymous $500,000 dollar-for-dollar matching challenge, the Denver-based foundation currently is funding five feline health research studies aimed at reducing shelter cat stress and increasing adoption rates. The studies are exploring how to reduce the safety and comfort of shelter cats to decrease their stress and how to improve their health by controlling the spread of such conditions as upper respiratory infection (URI) and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP ). You can read more about the specific studies at: http://www.research4cats.org/health-research/hhcc-studies.html.
The campaign, which began in 2008, is in the last stretch of the donation period and needs just $140,000 more to go before the June 30 deadline. If you would like to make a donation to support the shelter cat research, click here: