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The AKC Humane Fund, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization has been created with the mission of uniting a broad spectrum of animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund plans to provide financial support to organizations that educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership, provide for the health and well being of all dogs, and preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond.

“The creation of the AKC Humane Fund is to further our compassion for animals and embodies our strong conviction that responsible ownership is the solution to animal-related issues in our society,” said Dennis B. Sprung, Chairman and President of the AKC Humane Fund. “As we move forward, we invite all who share our vision of strengthening the human-animal bond through education and action to join us.”

The AKC Humane Fund will create new informational programs aimed at both adults and children, award grants to organizations which conduct and promote humane treatment of dogs and assist breed rescue programs.

The AKC Humane Fund, which accepts tax-deductible donations, is officially registered as a charity in all 50 states and as a 501(c)(3) under IRS code. The Fund has already received donations from parent clubs of the American Kennel Club, individual donors and Pfizer Animal Health, in the name of its National Canine Weight Check Campaign. Additionally, the AKC Humane Fund has designated a Wall of Honor where personalized plaques will bear the name of founding members.

Initial events supporting the AKC Humane Fund include the upcoming “Barkfest” Charity Brunch which will be held at Bonham’s auction house in New York City on Sunday, February 10th, and ShowSight magazine’s seventh annual “Have-A-Heart Ball” at Manhattan’s Essex House Hotel on February 8th. For more information about events and donations, contact Daphna Straus at (212) 696-8243.

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