“Imagine how devastating it is to have a loving pet who becomes ill or injured, and dies unnecessarily because you can’t afford any veterinary care. I was heartbroken as a child when my pets died because we did not have enough money to take them to a veterinarian when they got sick or injured. Families and pets should not suffer like that.” –Susan Moore
The Moore Foundation was founded in 1999 by Susan Moore, a life-long animal lover and humane advocate. Susan grew up in Manhattan, raised by her mother, Ellen Raskin, an illustrator who, later in life wrote many best-selling children’s books and won the Newberry Award as the author of The Westing Game. The family struggled financially through Susan’s childhood years. Susan’s pets, rescued from local shelters, were the center of her young life, but so was the sadness when they died because it was impossible to afford any veterinary care. These memories, still vivid for Susan, set her on a course in life to help animals in need.
Susan was successful in every business venture she entered. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she enjoyed a highly successful career in catalog retailing, capping that success by purchasing a health-care catalog with a partner and growing that business significantly. Since she retired in 2006, she has been actively engaged in managing a stable of Thoroughbred horses and handling the affairs of the Moore Foundation.
Susan’s love of animals never wavered and her level of involvement in animal rescue and advocacy grew over the years. Prior to starting the Moore Foundation, she was financing and overseeing the care of needy cats, horses and dogs. She created the Moore Foundation having recognized that relying on her personal resources to save these animals would be inadequate to the task at hand, and that tax-exempt status would facilitate participation by others.
As more fully described in the next Section, the primary purpose of the Moore Foundation is to provide veterinary care, medication and a home for animals whose owners cannot provide necessary care. Most of the referrals are from veterinary hospitals or other rescue groups. There are presently 36 cats in residence at the Moore Foundation with either feline aids, leukemia, cancer, amputated limbs, or some other disease or infirmity which renders them effectively unadoptable. The Moore Foundation also supports and oversees the care of numerous other cats at veterinary clinics, adoption facilities and feral cat colonies at racetracks.
During the fourteen years of its existence, the Moore Foundation has distributed over $1,581,515 in furtherance of its mission.