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In 2008, Dr. Gary Michelson and Found Animals launched the $75M Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology to incentivize research through prize philanthropy and grant funding to rapidly develop a single-dose, nonsurgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs. We envision a world in which this product is widely available to shelters, animal welfare organizations, and public health groups, so as to eliminate shelter euthanasia of healthy, adoptable companion animals and reduce populations of feral and free-roaming cats and dogs. Top scientists around the world have taken up this global challenge with funding from our venture philanthropy program. To date, we have committed over $14M in Michelson Grants to more than 30 approved projects worldwide. Dr. Gary Michelson instituted Found Animals in 2005, including initiatives like the $75 million dollar Michelson Prize & Grants program. Although he was trained as a surgeon, Dr. Michelson is by nature an innovator and philanthropist. Investigators should review our Resources prior to submitting a letter if intent for a Michelson Grant. Visit the website to learn about dog and cat reproduction, our Policy for Animals Involved in Research, and other important tools. Since his retirement from practice he and his wife, Alya Michelson, have contributed over $100 million dollars across various philanthropic projects. The Michelson Prize & Grants program focuses on providing financial and administrative support to grantees. Grantees have access to program staff and receive exceptional feedback. Through product-focused and mission-driven programming the Michelson Prize & Grants Board has approved 30% of submitted proposals to-date. These important elements of the program offer grantees the necessary support to solve a global challenge: provide Found Animals with a low-cost, permanent, nonsurgical sterilant for male and female cats and dogs, thus saving the lives of millions of companion animals each year.

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