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No matter how large or small your gift may be, your contribution to the Luca fund can help achieve a solution.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Mother Theresa

What is the Luca Fund for FIP Research?

luca fund for fip research

In October 2018, the American Alumni of Glasgow University announced the creation of the Luca Fund for FIP Research. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a complex and fatal viral disease seen worldwide affecting mostly kittens and young cats.

The fund was named after Luca, a fourteen-month-old Russian Blue cat lost to dry FIP on 5 October 2013. Luca is loved by Maria S. Bonino who provided a generous contribution to establish the Luca Fund offering an alternative tax advantage option to individuals who believe that FIP research can be successful without the use of laboratory cats, and unconditionally oppose to any research that leads to the loss of life through intentional infection and unnecessary and painful experimentation.

Ms. Bonino chose Glasgow University Veterinary School for its remarkable contributions and unparalleled worldwide reputation in the field of feline viral diseases.

Why is it important to donate?

Since first discovered in the 1960s, Feline Infectious Peritonitis is one of the most studied feline diseases, and yet, it remains one of the most poorly understood viral disease of the cat. Much progress has been made since those early days and encouraging new treatments had surface in recent years, but there’s much work to be done in the fields of FCoV and FIP.

Back in 2013 when my cat was fighting FIP, I witnessed the complete lack of awareness and knowledge about this disease and its underlying cause, the vile feline coronavirus (FCoV). Another critical issue which became clear was the lack of proper diagnostic tools. After losing Luca to the dry form of the disease, I decided to support FIP research at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine due to their unparalleled history in the feline viral field and the fact that past as well as on-going FIP research is conducted humanely without the use of laboratory cats.

Becoming an FIP PARENT and being part of this growing, strong and caring community also help me realized: It is up to US to create much-needed change not simply by donating to well-known institutions but by investing in ideas and people in whom we believed based in our own principles and values. We are united by the pain and sorrow FIP left in our lives and we must work together to promote kindness to animals and mobilize resources towards ethical and humanely conducted research.

Gratefully yours,

Maria

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

How will your donation be applied?

Your donation to the Luca Fund will be applied to studies conducted at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. The Luca Fund for FIP research is a special fund of the American Alumni of the University of Glasgow established in 2018 to accept tax-deductible donations for Feline Infectious Peritonitis research. AAGU has been recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c) (3) charitable organization. All donations to AAGU are deductible as charitable contributions to the full extent permitted by law.

If you believe that FIP research can be successful without the use of laboratory cats, and unconditionally oppose any research that leads to the loss of life through intentional infection and unnecessary and painful experimentation: Please donate to the Luca Fund for FIP Research.

What are the ways to donate?

Please support FIP research by donating through the American Alumni of Glasgow University via PayPal, credit card or check by mail. To ensure support of FIP research: please indicate the Luca Fund for your donation.

This link allows both domestic and international donations via credit card or PayPal.

pay by check

Checks are greatly appreciated and are sent to AAGU, the fund that administers all gifts to the Luca Fund*.

*If you wish to donate by check please make it payable to “American Alumni of Glasgow University” and send along with a note of your desire to support the Luca Fund, your name and address. Checks should be mailed to:

Melvyn Pond, President AAGU
183 Wolf Harbor Road
Milford, CT 06461-1961

Special Note: If you are an U.S Taxpayer, your contribution is deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes to the extent permitted by law. If you wish to include the AAGU in your Estate Plan, gift appreciated securities or establish Planned Giving strategies benefiting the AAGU, please visit https://www.gla.ac.uk/connect/supportus/aagu/otherwaystodonate/

“When courage, genius, and generosity hold hands, all things are possible.”

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EndFIP® aims to diffuse knowledge to prevent cats worldwide from ever getting infected with feline coronavirus (FCoV) and will support and steward funding towards research focused on improving the methods for diagnosing FIP, refining current diagnostic techniques and treatments and to raise awareness of research advances among those in the veterinary field. If you have any questions or donated in memory of an FIP Angel and would like your beloved cat to be featured in our Memorial page, please contact us at: fundraising@endfip.com

This page is dedicated to ALL cats lost to experimental FIP, the countless and nameless faces of FIP who spent their short lives in cages as laboratory cats deliberately infected (some of them multiple times) in the name of science to be simply discarded after succumbing to FIP.

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