At their recent meeting, the Winn Feline Foundation Board of Directors elected Steve Dale to join its board. Steve, a well-known radio personality, syndicated columnist, and certified dog and cat behavior consultant, is an advocate for feline and canine health issues/causes. Steve is the host of Pet Central on WGN Radio, and is known to millions of pet owners. He is also the host of a daily syndicated program, The Pet Minute, the hour-long Steve Dale’s Pet World, as well as his Tribune Media Services newspaper column syndicated in more than 100 newspapers, My Pet World. Further, he is a contributing editor at USA Weekend and special correspondent at Cat Fancy.
Acting on his love and compassion for all cats, Steve established the Ricky Fund at Winn in 2002 in memory of his beloved Devon Rex cat, Ricky, who died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The fund has accumulated thousands of dollars for research studies of this devastating disease; the fund also contributed to the grant award resulting in the discovery of a gene for HCM in Maine Coon cats.
Among his many honors, Steve earned the prestigious AVMA Humane Award in 2002, and the Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life Award from the Cat Writers’ Association in 2005. His newspaper column was named “”Best General Feature Column”” in 2001 by Editor and Publisher. Among his many TV appearances were segments on “”The Oprah Winfrey Show”” and “”National Geographic Explorer.”” He serves on the Board of Directors of Tree House Animal Foundation, Chicago.
“”Cats get a bum rap,”” says Dale. “”When it comes to research dollars, they’re definitely like Rodney Dangerfield " getting no respect. But it’s no laughing matter. We need to fund feline health issues on an equal level as we do for dogs.””
The Winn Feline Foundation, the only international charity devoted solely to the advancement of feline health, welcomes Steve Dale to join its efforts to improve, prolong, and enhance the lives of cats everywhere.