Two years after a catastrophic bike accident that left him quadriplegic, former IDEXX Chairman, President and CEO Jonathan Ayers has found new purpose in life through feline-focused philanthropy, as he relayed in an interview for the Mainebiz podcast series “The Day that Changed Everything.”

He did so with candor and even humor, remarking that “not all bobcats are named Bob,” and reminiscing about cherished pet cats he says were part of his family for close to two decades. Alive today only in memory, the pets include an orange tabby “with limited intelligence except when it comes to food”: a “purr machine”; and a high-strung cat who liked having her teeth brushed. Read more