A small version of the Michelson Prize & Grants logo, in white. The Michelson Prize & Grants, made possible by animal welfare philanthropist and inventor Dr. Gary K. Michelson, together with his wife Alya Michelson, encourages the development of a more effective way to sterilize dogs and cats.

Although he was trained as a spinal surgeon, Dr. Gary Michelson is by nature an inventor, innovator, and philanthropist. It is in this vein that Dr. Michelson launched the Found Animals Foundation in 2005, along with programs like the $75 million dollar Michelson Prizes and Grants initiative.

One-Shot Sterilant for Cats & Dogs

In 2008, Dr. Gary Michelson and the Found Animals Foundation launched the $75 million Michelson Prize and Grants in Reproductive Biology to incentivize research through prize philanthropy and grant funding to rapidly develop a single-dose sterilant for both female and male cats and dogs that eliminates the need to conduct a surgical procedure.

Michelson Found Animals works to create a world in which this nonsurgical sterilization alternative is available to animal welfare organizations, shelters and adoption centers, veterinarian clinics, and public health groups to reduce feral animal populations and eliminate the euthanasia of healthy animals.

Taking on the Challenge

Top scientists around the world have taken up this global challenge with funding from our philanthropy program. To date, we have committed over $14 million in Michelson Grants to more than 30 approved projects worldwide. 

For those investigators interested in applying, they should review our resources prior to submitting a letter of intent for Michelson Prizes and Grants. Visit the Found Animals website to learn about dog and cat reproduction, their Policy for Animals Involved in Research, and other important tools.

Since his retirement from practicing medicine, Dr. Michelson and his wife, Alya, have contributed over $100 million dollars across various philanthropic projects, including the establishment of the Michelson Prize and Grants program. This program focuses on, though is not limited to, providing financial and administrative support to grantees conducting research on projects including the One-Shot Sterilant. The Michelson Prize and Grants Board has approved Approximately 30% of submitted proposals have been approved by the Michelson Board to-date, with an emphasis on product and mission-driven programming.

These fundamentals offer recipients of the grant the support they need to overcome a challenge faced around the world: the humane control of the pet population. The mission is to develop a permanent sterilant for cats and dogs that is both nonsurgical and affordable –– thus saving the lives of millions of companion animals each year.

About Michelson Found Animals Foundation

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation was founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson in 2005, after Michelson witnessed the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the losses sustained by those affected in New Orleans –– including, sadly, their pets. The goals of the foundation are to improve overall animal welfare, help reunite lost pets with their owners, and ensure that more pets find good homes.

Learn more about the programs Found Animals offers, including Michelson Found Animals Microchip Registry and Adopt & Shop.

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