Message from the Director

Paying homage to our roots while paving the way for our future


Dear Friends,

It is my honor and pleasure to provide you with an update on the exciting activities that we have been involved with this past year. In my first annual report as Director, I would like to start off by thanking the faculty, trainees, staff, and administration of the Cornell Feline Health Center and College of Veterinary Medicine, our Advisory Council members, and our supporters near and far for their work, passion, and efforts.

Our current success is reliant upon the strong foundation laid by the hard work of our predecessors, our ability to efficiently apply our resources through education, outreach, and support of discovery and health delivery today, and our ability to lay a solid foundation for the future. This report highlights the importance of these three pillars of achievement, and how we strive to build them.

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Dr. Jim Richards, the much loved and respected former Director of the Center, who laid the groundwork for so many of our current accomplishments. We are very thankful to have Dr. Richards’ son, Seth, provide a tribute to his late father. This heartfelt remembrance warms our hearts and brings back memories of our favorite “kitty doctor”. We are sure it will bring similar fond memories to you, our supporters, as we all take a moment to be thankful for having been touched by Jim’s kindness and dedication.

We are proud to highlight a few of our innovative activities for you. Our Cats for Comfort program is just one example of the many activities in which we are involved daily. These and many other initiatives allow us to impact the well-being of cats, and those who love them, by providing the information and support that we have become recognized for.

The report highlights our focus on laying a strong foundation to continue improving the lives of all cats for the long haul. New discoveries are the bases for breakthroughs in feline health. The Center has thus expanded its grants program, building and maintaining capacity in vital feline health research at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

We recognize that none of our activities would be possible without the dedicated support of our benefactors. We share the positive impact of planned giving on the future success of the Center, highlighting the recent generous bequest of Laura and Doug Wolford and paying tribute to Ann Hardy, another of our stalwart supporters whose bequest came to fruition upon her untimely passing. These generous supporters have entrusted us with the responsibility of utilizing their gifts to improve feline well-being. We are humbled by this trust and take the responsibility it brings with it very seriously.

Thank you very much for your continued support. We look forward to working together with you to make our world a better place for all cats, today and into the future.

With my warmest regards,

Luis M. Schang, MV, PhD