10 May 2010

Betty White to match $25K to Morris Animal Foundation for unexpected disasters

Recently the Morris Animal Foundation established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund to assist wildlife researchers with monetary aid in response to unexpected disasters, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Betty White will match up to $25,000 of all donations made to the fund. Currently the Foundation is working with wildlife scientists to determine the need of animal health research for wildlife victims of the oil spill.

"The need is so great right now. There are some species that may not make it through this," said White. "Morris Animal Foundation's rapid response fund was set up just for these types of needs, and I am honored that the Foundation would dedicate this special fund in my name."

"When starting this fund two months ago, we had no idea we would need to use it so quickly," said Wayne A. Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, chief scientific officer of Morris Animal Foundation. "Although tragic, events such as these provide research opportunities to develop better methods to diagnose disease and treat affected animals. Through this fund, we hope to provide researchers with much needed funds to act quickly to address wildlife health needs in times of crisis."

Donations to the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund can be made at www.firstgiving.com/MAFrapidresponse.To keep updated with Morris Animal Foundation and Betty White news, visit the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

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