Chairman's Report

August 2011

- Doing the Right Thing for Dogs Everywhere -

The American Kennel Club, along with its affiliates, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and AKC Companion Animal Recovery, is the only not-for-profit registry devoted to the health and well-being of dogs. We have allocated more than $30 million to fund programs for the betterment of dogs everywhere.

AKC’s $20 dog registration fees allows us to raise millions of dollars each year that are dedicated to canine health research, nationwide kennel inspections, canine search and rescue teams and pet recovery.

Whether you’re interacting with puppy buyers or helping a neighbor figure out what breed is right for them, we encourage you to share the good things we do and some of the many reasons to support the AKC beyond an interest in showing or breeding:

  • Health Research:  We have donated more than $20 million to fund sound scientific research to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is the largest canine health research foundation in the world.
  • Search and Rescue:  We have donated over $3 million to Canine Search & Rescue and pet-related disaster relief and prepared­ness efforts.
  • Kennel Inspection: We inspect thousands of kennels every year to ensure the safety and welfare of dogs, the only dog registry to do so.
  • Lost Dog Recovery: We offer recovery services 24/7, 365 days-a-year, and have reunited more than 400,000 lost dogs with their families. AKC Companion Animal Recovery is the largest not for profit pet recovery service in the country.

I’d like to thank one group that has always been dedicated to spreading the word about AKC’s good works – our AKC Breeders of Merit. Thank you for your dedication to registering 100% of your puppies and the education you provide to your puppy buyers. The 5,700 Breeders of Merit lead the charge so that we may administer so many of these beneficial programs and help protect and support the welfare of dogs everywhere!

Sincerely,


Alan Kalter
Chairman