Mission & History
The Winn Feline Foundation enhances the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education.
Every cat, every day benefits from Winn-funded research
In 1968, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) created what would soon become Winn Feline
Foundation, establishing a source of funding for medical studies to improve cat health and welfare.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the New Jersey-based foundation was named in
honor of CFA's longtime attorney and advisor, Robert H. Winn. CFA continues to actively support
the Foundation and remains dedicated to Winn’s original vision — to promote the health and
welfare of all cats by developing or participating in projects for their betterment, including the
funding of research and education.
To date, Winn has funded over $5.75 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide. Our work is only made possible with the support of dedicated donors.
Just as Winn has grown, so has feline medicine. Cats are no longer viewed as small dogs; they
are now a major veterinary specialty. Today, cat owners expect and receive state-of-the-art
medical care. They assume their cats will benefit from similar technological advances made in
human medicine — and with increasing frequency, they do.
Winn’s commitment to feline health research and education has played a significant role in these
achievements and will continue to do so in the years ahead.
Sharing our major milestones as Winn nears its 50th anniversary
At Winn’s last celebration in 2008, Winn documented its 40 years of fostering improvements in
feline health. Below are links to various commemorative publications covering our organization's history:
46 Years and Counting: Joan Miller & Betty White -
Important milestones achieved during Winn’s first 40 years and looking to the future.
Milestones in Feline Health: Dr. Susan Little, Betty White and Dr. Vicki Thayer
- How Winn Feline Foundation has evolved feline medicine over almost five decades.
Life Is Like A Box of Chocolates: Dr. Paul Pion
- Winn Feline Foundation’s impact on Dr. Pion’s career in veterinary medicine. Originally written in
2008 and as eloquent today.
We look forward to celebrating our golden anniversary in 2018!