Bernice Barbour Foundation, Inc., a private tax exempt foundation,
was established in 1986 by the late Bernice Wall Barbour, a lifelong
resident of New Jersey. Through her entire life, she devoted much
of her thought, energy and resources toward making the lives of animals
happier and healthier. Animals and their well-being were of such importance
to her that she created the Bernice Barbour Foundation, Inc. to
continue her life's work in perpetuity.
During her adult life, a day never passed without the animal kingdom
receiving some help from Bernice. From the elk in the Rockies of
Colorado who needed hay in a severe winter, to the birds and squirrels
in the yard, her dedicated hands on approach to animal welfare was
a wonderful thing to witness and a tradition the foundation she
founded strives to continue in her memory.
Through the generosity of its founder, the foundation does not
carry on any public fund-raising activities, but rather devotes
its efforts to seeking worthwhile recipients for the income generated
from its investments. The Bernice Barbour Foundation, Inc.
has elected to initiate this program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary
Medicine because of its concern for the health and well-being of
animals. The foundation's trustees are concerned that the increasing
voracity of infectious agents pose a serious threat to the well-being
of all the earth's creatures.