Supporting the future of feline health
Since its inception, Winn Feline Foundation has awarded over $7 million in grants for scientific studies, encouraging veterinarians and researchers to focus attention on the health needs of cats.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed the Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), encompassing prospective veterinary clinical studies in a variety of species and disciplines. The database: www.avma.org/FindVetStudies
Winn policy on humane use of animals in grant studies
Founded and funded by cat lovers, Winn Feline Foundation only supports research for which humane treatment of animals is assured. Any grant request including the use of animals must first be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the researcher’s institution. Next, Winn’s expert panel of researchers, veterinarians and cat fanciers and advocates complete an extensive review of the justification for the use of animals in the research. Winn periodically reviews our humane guidelines to assure we continue to meet or exceed current standards.
When it is determined live animals must be used by an investigator, only the fewest animals required will be approved, and only if the living conditions are sufficiently described and accepted as well within the definition of humane care. Any discomfort experienced by the animals must be treated.
Winn does not fund projects requiring euthanasia as an endpoint or the induction of disease or injury unless the nature of the disease or condition studied offers such significant improvement in feline health and such means are justified. Winn does not fund studies where the induction of disease is terminal.
At the conclusion of an accepted project, every effort must be made to adopt the cats used into loving homes.
Use of animals in scientific research is a topic taken very seriously by Winn Feline Foundation.
Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors
Download Winn's 2015 Humane Use of Animals Guidelines
Winn Humane Use of Animals Guidelines - 2015 revised