DENVER, December 31, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Morris Animal Foundation Remembers the Life and Incredible Impact of Betty Blanche, president emeritus, after the announcement of her death. 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 served as a director, board chair, board chair emeritus, donor, spokesperson and other roles too many to mention.
“It’s hard to imagine a world without Betty. She was a tremendous animal advocate who has tirelessly supported the Morris Animal Foundation’s work to improve animal health around the world. All of us at the Foundation mourn the loss of this incredible woman. ,” noted Tiffany grunert, President / CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation. “Her wit, her intelligence and, most importantly, her love of animals and her commitment to advancing their health will be missed. She has been a true inspiration to our staff, her fellow administrators and all of 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.
- Sponsor 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.
- Creation of the Betty White Wildlife Fund.
“Betty has always been an active participant in our science review process. She has often said that our science advisory boards are the lifeblood of the Morris Animal Foundation,” said Bette morris, Director Emeritus of the Morris Animal Foundation Board and wife of the late Dr. Mark Morris Jr. “If they are the engines, then 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 has always put animals first. In the 1990s, she suggested that pain management should be an area for future research and funded early studies,” said Dr. Rob hilsenroth, former executive director of the Morris Animal Foundation and longtime friend of Betty Blanche. “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 Blanche for this revolutionary change in the way we practice today all phases of veterinary medicine. “
If you wish to honor Betty Blanche, 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 bring together 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 morrisanimalfoundation.org.
SOURCE Morris Foundation for Animals