Your Registration Dollars at Work
AKC does so many things for dogs everywhere.
Do you know your litter- and dog-registration dollars help support
Do you share with your puppy buyers that their AKC registration fee of $20 has helped the AKC and its affiliates allocate over $30 million dollars to date to support Canine Health Research, Kennel Inspections, Lost Dog Recovery, and Search and Rescue?
If you didn't know, our new campaign will give you a more in-depth look at all the AKC does to support dogs. Titled "Good Things We Do," the campaign focuses on the AKC's not-for-profit status and the good things the AKC and its affiliates do to support dogs everywhere. Below is a summary of the four key areas highlighted in the campaign.
Canine Health Research
The American Kennel Club, through contributions to its affiliate the AKC Canine Health Foundation, has donated $20 million to fund sound scientific research to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease.
In the early 1990s, the AKC Delegates suggested that the AKC develop an organization that could focus all its efforts on funding health research and education. As a result, the AKC/CHF was created in 1995. The AKC/CHF is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to support canine health research initiatives. The Foundation is also an international organization making grants to veterinary schools and research institutions worldwide. Since its beginning, the AKC/CHF has allocated over $33 million to canine health research and educational programs. the AKC/CHF funds four basic areas: the causes and origins of disease; earlier, more accurate diagnoses; more effective treatments; and educational programs so breeders, veterinarians, and owners alike can have the most up-to-date canine health information available to them.
Search and Rescue
The AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated over $3 million to K-9 search-and-rescue and pet-related disaster relief and preparedness efforts. Founded after 9/11 to honor and support the K-9 search-and-rescue teams that worked at the World Trade Center and Pentagon sites, the AKC Canine Support & Relief Fund has grown to support K-9 teams across the country.
In 2003, the fund expanded to support pet-related disaster preparedness and relief efforts, including significant help after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The fund has donated over $3 million to support these efforts, including over $340,000 this year alone.
Lost Dog Recovery
AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) offers recovery services 24/7, 365 days a year and has reunited over 400,000 lost dogs with their families. Founded in 1995, AKC CAR is the nation's largest not-for-profit pet-identification and recovery service. AKC CAR has over four million pets of 35 different species enrolled in the recovery database and has reunited 400,000 pets with their owners.
AKC CAR is a leading microchip company, offering high-quality, competitively priced microchips and the universal ProScan 700 reader to breeders, vets, shelters, pet stores, and other pet professionals. AKC CAR is a founding member of the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, found at petmicrochiplookup.org.
The AKC inspects thousands of kennels every year to ensure the safety and welfare of dogs and the integrity of the AKC registry. The AKC is unique among purebred dog registries in that it is the only registry that has a kennel-inspections program. These inspections serve as the cornerstone of the AKC registry by demonstrating the AKC's commitment to the welfare of dogs and ensuring its unparalleled integrity. The goal of AKC inspections is a positive experience through which the AKC executive field agent shares information with breeders about the AKC, about better breeding practices, and about proper documentation that will benefit you, your kennel, your dogs, and the entire pet industry.
You will begin to see the new "Good Things We Do" campaign on litter- and dog-registration materials as well as at akc.org. If you would like to take part in the campaign, you can download the "Good Things We Do" screen saver for your computer. For additional information and instructions, visit akc.org/screensaver.
Genetic Research: One of the "Good Things We Do"
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Recently, AKC registration dollars helped to fund a University of Minnesota discovery that might allow bone-cancer patients to fight their disease more effectively.
A team led by Dr. Jaime Modiano, a College of Veterinary Medicine and Masonic Cancer Center expert in comparative medicine, discovered a gene pattern that distinguishes the more severe form of bone cancer from a less aggressive form in dogs. Dogs are the only species besides humans that develops this disease spontaneously with any frequency.
In fact, dogs are much more likely to develop bone cancer than humans, but according to Modiano – who specializes in the relationship between animal and human disease-human and canine forms of bone cancer are very similar and the gene pattern is an exact match. The discovery of this key differentiating signature may be beneficial in the treatment planning of human bone-cancer patients.
"Our findings pave the way to develop laboratory tests that can predict the behavior of this tumor in dogs and children at the time of diagnosis," Modiano says. "This allows us to tailor individualized therapy to meet the patient's needs."
University of Minnesota researchers hope to use their findings to develop practical and useful lab tests for humans and for companion animals that will help clinical-care providers determine the type of cancer a patient faces, and how aggressive that cancer may be. Then, depending on which type of cancer a patient has, clinicians could adjust interventions and treatment plans accordingly.
"Patients with less aggressive disease could be treated conservatively, reducing the side effects and the risks associated with treatment, while patients with more aggressive disease could be treated with more intense therapy," Modiano says.
The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute, the AKC Health Foundation, and the Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund.
Based on material reprinted with permission of the University of Minnesota.