TICA Member Newsletter
Last April, during the 2017 America's Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA, TICA was introduced to the nonprofit organization Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL). The group donates food and supplies to more than 1,000 homeless animal shelters, rescue groups, pets of homeless owners, and wildlife sanctuaries in the United States.
While the organization receives regular supplies for dogs, donations for feline resources however are typically overlooked and are in short supply. As a result, TICA quickly joined forces with the OBOL and agreed to help spread the word to create 'Cat Care Packages.'
CleanHealthyPets owner Mark Talt was the first to join forces with TICA. His company donated disposable earth-friendly pet bowls and littler boxes that were immediately distributed the Orange County SPCA and other shelters throughout the U.S.
"Nobody gets in this business without a soft heart for all animals," said CleanHealthyPets Founder Mark Talt. "As soon as I heard about the cause I was happy to contribute. Our feeding bowls and litter boxes are both disposable, recyclable and extremely convenient making them a perfect fit for Operation Blankets of Love."
Over the past nine years, OBOL has provided aid and comfort pet items to more than 655 animal rescue groups and 42 animal shelters. They are particularly in need of nutritious food, treats, blankets, pet beds, toys, and other critical supplies.
Q. How do I keep my cats from getting dehydrated on warm summer days??
A. During the warm summer months, cats are just as at risk of dehydration and hyperthermia as the rest of us. These are dangerous conditions that could lead to serious illness and even death. To keep your cats hydrated and cool in the summer heat, TICA offers the following tips. Among them:
Take your cat to the vet or nearest emergency clinic immediately if your feline starts panting, drooling, or having trouble breathing. These are symptoms of heatstroke, and if left untreated, could lead to kidney damage, heart dysfunction, or other potentially fatal problems.
Annual Winn Symposium: Chicago based radio personality and Winn board member Steve Dale served as the MC for this year's Symposium in the Windy City, which had a record number of attendees. The program began with an expression of appreciation for Dr. Glenn Olah, Winn's outgoing President, and the introduction of Winn's new President, Dr. Shila Nordone. Susan Gingrich, founder of Winn's Bria Fund for FIP Research, introduced some of the families currently enrolled in Dr. Pedersen’s FIP research projects. Included were Peter Cohen and Hiroyuki Furumoto (Smokey's family), Walt Morris and Scott Mathis (Flora's family), and Deb and Jamie Roberts (Luna's family). Smokey, Flora and Luna were successfully cured of FIP as a result of Dr. Pedersen's latest research. Luna herself even made a brief appearance before the program started, which delighted her fans. A special video was presented by Peter Cohen of Zen by Cat.
Dr. Pedersen has been researching FIP since 1964 and the Winn Foundation has been supporting his work for almost as long. For the first time, he was able to give us a glimmer of hope that there may one day be a successful treatment for this disease, in the form of novel new drugs showing efficacy in early studies. A podcast of the Symposium is available on the Winn website.
Genetic markers of Abyssinian/Somali amyloidosis: Familial amyloidosis has been a longtime concern in Abyssinian and Somali cats, causing early death, usually from kidney failure in the 5-6 year range. Differences in the expressivity of the disease (age of onset, number and type of affected organs) have been recorded, suggesting the genetic background of the cat may affect the clinical presentation. The Winn supported joint project of the University of Missouri and University of Milan to discover the genetic basis of amyloidosis started with the collection of DNA samples from affected Abyssinians worldwide over many years, including unlocking the Academic archives in Milan to recover DNA from stored histological preps from necropsies. Three gene variants have been identified with a correlation to this disease. Analysis of the relationship between these genetic variants and different presentations of the disease is ongoing.
June Planned Giving Tax Tip: Many Americans take the standard deduction while others itemize their deductions. If you are not sure which is better for you, do not wait until after the end of your tax year. If it is a close call there are steps you can take now to help push you over the line. Since you take tax deductions in the year paid, you might want to make your charitable contributions for next year sooner, before this year ends. That would double up your charitable deduction total into one year. If you donate stock which has appreciated over the years you can get a double tax benefit. You can get an itemized deduction based on the current fair market value of the stock while avoiding the capital gains taxes that would have been due on sale. Certain other deductions can be shifted into this year as well or some income deferred into the next. For some taxpayers it may be advantageous to itemize deductions in one year and take the standard deduction in others. By planning ahead you may have a lower combined tax burden over two years.
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