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Diversity and Inclusion

EveryCat Health Foundation welcomes and promotes diversity and inclusion for all who are seeking to create, support, deliver and share the science of understanding, healing, curing, and caring for every cat, every day.

EveryCat Policy on Diversity and Inclusion

EveryCat Health Foundation was formed to promote the health and welfare of all cats by developing or participating in projects for their betterment, including the funding of research and education. The mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to inclusiveness as a core policy and fundamental operating principle. It is the policy of EveryCat Health Foundation to engage in an active and ongoing process that affirms human diversity in its many forms, encompassing but not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and identification, age, economic circumstance, class, disability, geography and philosophy. EveryCat Health Foundation seeks diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions, and experiences are recognized and acted upon in achieving our mission.

 

 

EveryCat Health Foundation Celebrates Black History Month and the Diversity of Cat Lovers Everywhere

 

 

Meet some notable Cat Lovers

John Lewis  (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020)
Civil Rights Leader, Congressman, Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner, Cat Lover

“Too many of us still believe our differences define us….” ~ John Lewis,  08/18/2013

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)
Entertainer, World War II Resistance Fighter, Civil Rights Activist who refused to perform for segregated audiences, Cat lover.

“Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone…” ~Josephine Baker

Lena Horne  (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)
Singer, Dancer, Actress, Broadway Star, Civil Rights Activist, Cat lover.

“You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way.”                      ~ Lena Horne

Meet the EveryCat Health Foundation
Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Anthony Hutcherson

EveryCat Health Foundation Board Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chairperson

Port Tobacco, MD

Anthony Hutcherson

EveryCat Health Foundation Board Member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chairperson

Port Tobacco, MD

A lifelong passion for cats, especially fascinated by highly patterned wild cats, Anthony Hutcherson began a Bengal Cat breeding program to create his ideal “ocelot–looking” cat in high school when no such domestic feline existed in 1992. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of The International Cat Association (TICA), Chair of the Bengal Cat Breed for TICA, Past President of The International Bengal Cat Society while still raising and showing his Bengal Cats. Anthony is breeder and owner of the highest achieving Bengal Cats in the world.

Anthony Hutcherson studied Animal Science at the University of Maryland and is a member of the American Society of Animal Sciences and the International Society for Animal Genetics. In 2018 he collaborated with Katie Lytle, DVM of Wisdom Health/Mars to screen 1000 pedigreed cats for 40+ genetic diseases and continues to work with Chris Kaelin, PhD of Stanford University & Hudson Alpha Institute in the identification of new genetic variants in cats related to pigment and pattern.

Currently, Anthony is a freelance producer, meeting planner and speech writer in Washington, D.C.Anthony has shared his love of cats on NPR, The TODAY Show, The Martha Stewart Show and in the New York Times, Washington Post, the New Yorker as well as other media. He is especially proud of authoring “All Kinds of Purrfect” a coloring book about the beauty of all cats for TICA in 2016.

Hasan Alhaddad, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Kuwait University

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Hasan Alhaddad, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Kuwait University

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Hasan is an Assistant Professor of Genetics at Kuwait University (hagenetics.org). He received his scientific training with a focus on feline genetics at the University of California, Davis. He earned his Ph.D. in 2013 and since then he has published several studies on the population genetics of cat breeds and on the mapping of genetic basis of phenotypes and diseases. He currently is the principal investigator of a research laboratory that focuses in addition to feline genetics on the molecular and morphological variation of camels.

Virginia Rud, CVT

EveryCat Health Foundation Outreach and Development Assistant

Muscatine, IA

Virginia Rud, CVT

EveryCat Health Foundation Outreach and Development Assistant

Muscatine, IA

Virginia joined EveryCat Health Foundation in 2019 as the Outreach and Development Assistant. Her responsibilities include promoting EveryCat and its mission at various cat shows and related events, pet and animal industry trade shows and veterinary conferences, managing EveryCat’s monthly Webinar series, social media and newsletter, plus providing administrative support to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the Donor Care Specialist. Without a doubt, her favorite responsibility is talking to people about EveryCat Health Foundation and sharing the significance of EveryCat’s mission to improve the lives of every cat, every day, through EveryCat-funded health studies.

Virginia studied English at the University of Minnesota, and, after many years in Emergency Communications, she followed her passion into Veterinary Technology. She received her Vet Tech degree in 2001, and has practiced in rural and urban veterinary hospitals, with both large and small animal patients. Prior to joining EveryCat, she worked for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, taught in several Veterinary Technology Programs and served as Veterinary Technology Program Director at a community college in eastern Iowa.

Virginia considers herself an introverted extrovert, and when she isn’t working, she likes to read, write (yes, she plans to someday write the great American novel), and travel. She shares her home with her partner Jim but alas, currently no feline companions.

“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson