One of history’s most celebrated writers, Charles Dickens, once said, “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” He even engraved his ivory letter opener to serve as a constant reminder of the passing of his favorite cat, Bob.
What Dickens realized is that the love between cat and owner is mutual and special. Ever since the first wild cats from the Fertile Crescent and the Nile River delta decided that us humans made good companions, cats have become integral members of our family and a part of who we are.
When the day comes when we have to say goodbye to our cats, we are left with a feeling of overwhelming loss and heartbreak as we lose part of ourselves. In many instances, compassionate euthanasia of a sick or infirm cat is regarded as our last gift of love.
What you might not know is that your cat can continue a legacy of hope and love through organ donation for medical discovery. Discoveries made through organ donation can substantially improve the future health and well-being of cats and people.
Continuing a Legacy of Hope
Many of us are familiar with the organ donation designation on our driver’s license and recognize that organ donation can serve as a source of a life-saving transplant for someone else’s loved one. Less appreciated is that donations of organs not suitable for transplant can still contribute to medical discovery. Thanks to the generous donations from human donors and their families, remarkable breakthroughs to save and prolong lives have been made from organs donated for medical discovery.
The Cat Organ Donation Program is the feline corollary to human organ donation for medical discovery. Organs donated for medical discovery have enormous potential to advance veterinary medicine and to help find cures and treatments for common diseases of cats, including heart disease or cardiomyopathy.
Furthermore, diseases such as cardiomyopathy are extremely similar between cats and people, and discoveries involving cats have enormous potential to advance the treatment of human heart disease. For these reasons, your cat’s legacy of hope and love can improve the lives of future generations of both cats and people.
The Cat Organ Donation Program: A Legacy of Hope and Love is dedicated to finding cures and treatments for heart disease. Our team includes veterinarians from PennVet and physicians and scientists from PennMedicine.