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England's Kennel Club Joins in Canine Relief Effort 

New York, NY — The American Kennel Club (AKC®) and affiliated organization AKC Companion Animal Recovery applaud The Kennel Club and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, based in England, for its support to help the canine victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is the first donation from overseas to help in the canine relief effort.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of the hurricane and the significant loss of life, both human and canine,” said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary. “The American Kennel Club has acted quickly to try and alleviate the suffering of the canine victims in this disaster and we are pleased to be able to offer some financial assistance to their invaluable work.”

At a meeting of The Kennel Club's General Committee yesterday, it announced it would donate £5,000 to support the AKC in its relief efforts. The donation was further matched by £5,000 from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

“We are highly appreciative of this generous contribution by the Kennel Club,” said Ron Menaker, Chairman of the American Kennel Club. “This donation reflects the traditional cooperation of our two kennel clubs.”

“We wish to the thank The Kennel Club and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for its generous and thoughtful donation to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung. “This is a considerable donation considering 100 percent of the donated funds go directly to helping animals with no funds used for administrative purposes.”

AKC continues to work with its club delegates, presidents and secretaries and the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Louisiana State University Veterinary School, the Houston Kennel Club and the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs to provide aid where it is needed most.

We continue to post updates to our website. Clubs, shelters, or individuals in need of assistance can check the AKC website home page or contact us at or 1-800-252-7894.

Contributions made to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund are used to immediately purchase needed equipment and supplies and deliver them directly to contact centers. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, you may send it to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund at the address below or visit the AKC website at

AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund
Attn: Ms. Kim Luong
c/o American Kennel Club
260 Madison Avenue – 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016-2401

AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund is a permanent charitable fund which provides resources, support and other assistance to not-for-profit animal shelters and similar not-for-profit organizations providing care for domestic animals orphaned or displaced as a result of natural or civil disasters.