Cats are now the most common pet in the United States, with over 85 million owned cats reported in a recent survey. Approximately one third of U.S. households now have at least one cat living in them, and more than fifty percent of these homes have more than one kitty. Interest in and concern for non-domestic cats has also flourished in the form of support for conservation efforts that span the globe. Clearly, we love cats, and we are concerned for their welfare and happiness.
Here at the Cornell Feline Health Center, we are dedicated to improving the welfare of all cats by supporting research into a variety of issues that affect feline health and well-being and to the dissemination of information to cat owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, conservationists, and cat lovers worldwide. Through the generous support of our donors, we continue our long-standing tradition of fostering feline well-being and supporting those who share our love of these unique and wonderful creatures.
We here at the Cornell Feline Health Center are devastated by the news of the passing of our friend, and friend of cats and cat lovers everywhere, Don Personius. Many FHC supporters know Don as the kind, compassionate voice that greets them during times of need when they call our help line. Don's natural and genuine concern for others, his dedication to our mission, his calm, contemplative demeanor, and his good-natured manner of communication made him a favorite of callers from around the world.
The embodiment of our principles of compassion and dedication to cats, Don developed close relationships with FHC supporters during his 10 years of service, and his impact on our mission and on the lives of cats and cat lovers is immeasurable. Don's spirit of truth, concern for the well being of others, active support of family and friends, and dedication to making the world a better place by acts of kindness and friendship serves as an example for all of us.
Spirit fly, good friend, and thank you for making all of our lives richer and more complete.
To view Don's obituary in the Ithaca Journal, visit:
We are very excited that one of our Camuti Consult line consultants, Dr. Vanessa Rizzo, has been chosen to grace the cover of the current issue of 'Scopes magazine. 'Scopes shares news from the College, showcasing the dedication, compassion, and achievements of the College's faculty, students, and alumni who work to advance the health and well-being of animals and people. We feel that its editors could not have selected a better representative for these ideals. Dr. Rizzo is a Resident in Oncology, and her devotion to her patients and to improving our understanding of the mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in veterinary patients is well known by the Cornell community and by the patients, veterinarians, and clients who have had the good fortune to interact with her. We are so very thankful that Dr. Rizzo is a part of our team, and we congratulate her on this recognition. Go Vanessa!
Please visit http://www.vet.cornell.edu/news/scopes.cfm to check out the recent issue of 'Scopes and to browse archived issues of this motivating publication.