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March 31, 2010

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The Koret Foundation has granted $400,000 to support the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

"In the first phase of funding from the Koret Foundation, we consulted with shelters caring for over 350,000 animals each year. That’s still only a fraction of the estimated 8 million that pass through shelters annually. This funding will help us build our Web site and shelter consultation service so we can help even more animals," says Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, director. 

The program and the school must raise matching funds of $400,000 to receive all installments of the gift scheduled over the next two years.

The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program aims to improve the quality of life for animals in shelters. The program advances the specialty of shelter medicine through health and behavior studies, education of veterinary professionals, and veterinary service to animal shelters.

Since the program began in 2001 as the first effort of its kind, shelter medicine experts have raised awareness of the need to approach the health and behavior issues of shelter animals through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease. Over the past nine years, UC Davis has helped shelters stop outbreaks, design better facilities and participate in studies designed to reduce infections in shelter cats and dogs. The program has also trained veterinary residents in this specialty. 

"Healthy animals are more adoptable," says Hurley, "so when shelter personnel and our program are able protect shelter pets from getting sick, we're literally saving their lives. We are so grateful for Koret's support of this vital work."

About the Koret Foundation

An entrepreneurial spirit guides Koret in addressing societal challenges and strengthening Bay Area life. By investing in strategic, local solutions, Koret helps to inspire a multiplier effect -- encouraging collaborative funding and developing model initiatives. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Koret adds to the region's vitality by promoting educational opportunity, contributing to a diverse cultural landscape, and bolstering organizations that are innovative in their approaches to meeting community needs. Since 1979, Koret has directed more than $400 million toward projects that reflect a new philanthropic vision for Northern California.

The foundation has provided more than $2.45 million to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, supporting critical research at the Center for Companion Animal Health, creating the Koret Foundation Center for Veterinary Genetics and establishing a veterinary student exchange program with UC Davis and the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In 2006, the Koret Foundation donated $1 million to expand the shelter medicine program, which was renamed the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts statewide teaching, research and service programs to train veterinary professionals and benefit animal health, public health and environmental health. The school contains several Centers of Excellence focused on species interests and multidisciplinary themes supported by public and private funding.

The Koret Shelter Medicine Program welcomes cash gifts, online donations, gifts of securities and real property and more.

To learn more about how you can support the Koret Shelter Medicine Program, please contact the Development Office at (530) 752-7024 or click on the “Give Now” button on the bottom of this page.