The Michelson Found Animals Foundation was created by Dr. Gary K. Michelson in 2005 with a mission to Save Pets and Enrich Lives. As a lifelong animal lover, Dr. Michelson was moved by the plight of thousands of animals separated from their families by Hurricane Katrina. Inspired to help ensure that every lost pet can get home safely, the Foundation’s first grants were set up to provide microchips to Los Angeles area shelters. Grants to help bring more subsidized spay/neuter services to low-income families and community cat caregivers soon followed.
In the Fall of 2008 Found Animals launched the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology. This $75 Million program encourages academic and biopharmaceutical researchers to develop a permanent non-surgical sterilant product for dogs and cats. Since its inception, the Michelson Prize & Grants program has committed $15 Million in grant funding to over 30 projects worldwide at institutions such as Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Cornell.
Subsequent innovative programs were soon launched, including: Adopt & Shop, a humane-model retail and pet adoption boutique in Culver City & Lakewood, California, where all pets offered for adoption are from local shelter partners; Microchip & Registry, which offers affordable microchips and scanners to shelters and non-profit organizations nationwide as well as a free-for-life national microchip registry called Found Animals Registry; and the Saving Pets Challenge, an annual partnership with Crowdrise which brings the power of crowd funding to animal welfare non-profits nationwide.
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