June 2015 President’s Letter

I am routinely amazed by the many causes championed by AKC clubs in support of dogs in their communities.

One potential danger to dogs – house fires – has been addressed by AKC clubs across the country this year. These volunteer members have raised funds to provide lifesaving pet oxygen mask kits to their local fire departments and other emergency responders.

The kits give those responders an additional tool to help quickly revive or resuscitate an animal in immediate need of medical treatment on the spot.

The Council Bluffs Kennel Club (Iowa) stocked each fire station and nearly every fire truck in the area with the pet oxygen masks. They will serve an especially important purpose – a local newspaper reported that about 80 percent of the 1,000 fire calls received in the community last year involved pets.

The Putnam Kennel Club (New York) presented pet oxygen mask kits, each containing masks of several sizes, at the monthly meeting of the Putnam county fire chiefs. A local vet tech demonstrated how to use the masks on a club member’s Boston Terrier. Due to PKC’s efforts, every main station and substation in the county will have this lifesaving equipment.

Members of the Sussex Hills Kennel Club (New Jersey) visited the Morris County K-9 Unit facilities to make a special delivery of canine oxygen masks to each dog-and-handler pair on the squad. Club members were able to meet the dogs in person and enjoy a demonstration of their patrol skills.

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America (PBGVCA) and the PBFGV Health and Rescue Foundation donated $1500 to the Save a Life Foundation (a Tucson Fire Department affiliated charity) in conjunction with the PBGVCA’s 2015 National Specialty hosted in Arizona. The money will go toward purchasing kits for every Tucson area fire house. The organizations plan to make future charitable contributions in every National host city.  

A firefighting club member suggested that the Panhandle Kennel Club (Texas) make a donation of masks to the Amarillo and White Deer (TX) Fire Departments. The donation made the news when the masks helped save the lives of three cats rescued in an Amarillo house fire.

Thanks to all club members involved for their generosity and dedication to improving the lives of the dogs in their communities.


Dennis B. Sprung

President and CEO