Remembering Betty White’s Support for Equine Health Research

DENVER / December 31, 2021 – The Morris Animal Foundation remembers the life and incredible impact of President Emeritus Betty White following the news of her passing. White has dedicated his life to improving the lives of animals and has been a part of the Morris Animal Foundation family for over 50 years, supporting their mission to advance animal health around the world. She has been a director, board chair, donor, spokesperson, and other roles too many to mention.

Betty White advocated and funded the first studies of pain management in animals.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without Betty in it. She was a tremendous animal advocate who has tirelessly supported the Morris Animal Foundation’s work to improve animal health around the world. We all at the Foundation mourn the loss. of this amazing woman, “said Tiffany Grunert, President / CEO of Morris Animal Foundation.” Her wit, intelligence and most of all, her love of animals and her commitment to advancing their health. She has been a true one. inspiration for our staff, fellow administrators and all our supporters. ”

The Morris Animal Foundation is grateful for Betty’s service to our organization and for helping us advance animal health. Highlights of his tenure at the Foundation include:

  • Was a director from 1971 to 2013, vice-president of the canine division from 1973 to 1982 and chairman of the board from 1982 to 1985.
  • To ensure that the Foundation continues to move forward in its mission to improve the lives of animals through its active participation in scientific discussions.
  • Organize events on behalf of the Morris Animal Foundation, including the Gorillas in the mist movie premiere.
  • Raise awareness and encourage thousands of people to support our work as a national spokesperson.
  • Sponsored over 30 animal health studies to improve the health of cats, dogs, horses, and several species of wildlife, including California sea otters and mountain gorillas.

“Betty has always been an active participant in our scientific review process. She has often said that our Science Advisory Boards are the lifeblood of the Morris Animal Foundation, ”said Bette Morris, Morris Animal Foundation Board Trustee Emeritus and wife of the late Dr. Mark Morris Jr.“ If it’s the engines, so she was certainly the heart of our organization.

White has remained committed to helping animals throughout her life. One of his last acts of philanthropy for the Morris Animal Foundation was to establish the Betty White Wildlife Fund, largely in response to the catastrophic effects of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill on marine life. Since Betty’s initial donation, others have contributed to and developed the fund and it has been used as a first line of defense in critical wildlife emergencies.

“Betty always puts animals first. In the 1990s, she suggested that pain management should be an area for future research and funded the early studies, ”said Dr Rob Hilsenroth, former executive director of the Morris Animal Foundation and longtime friend of Betty White. “Today, if a veterinarian performs elective surgery, such as spaying or neutering without using pain management, he could face a malpractice charge. You can thank Betty White for this revolutionary change in the way we practice all phases of veterinary medicine today. “

If you would like to honor Betty White, please consider making a memorial gift to the Morris Animal Foundation’s Betty White Wildlife Fund to benefit at-risk animals around the world.

About the Morris Foundation for Animals

The Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to connect science and resources to advance animal health. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at

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