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Welcome to the Media Centre. In these pages you will find downloadable versions of all our recent press releases, videos, copies of our policy statements and information about our aims and values.

The Club has an extensive commercial picture library which holds over 70,000 dog images. We represent some of Europe's best dog photographers. The Kennel Club commercial picture library sells images under licence for all media purposes. If you would like more Kennel Club news and information please contact the Press Office on 020 7518 1008 or email the Press Office Team (press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk).

The Kennel Club is the first point of call on all dog matters and the biggest investor in canine health and welfare in the country. The Kennel Club registers around a quarter of a million pedigree dogs each year, thousands more on its companion dog and activity registers, and it and runs Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. The Club invests the money that it makes back into dogs through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the Kennel Club Educational Trust. Its charitable initiatives include supporting rehoming centres and investing into research and the development of DNA tests to help prevent canine diseases. The Kennel Club has its own Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust where this work is carried out.

In addition to running educational initiatives to ensure that people buy the right breed of dog from the right breeder - including Puppy Awareness Week each September and Discover Dogs each November - the Club also helps to raise standards for how dogs are bred, cared for and trained. The Kennel Club has UKAS accreditation to run the Kennel Club Assured Breeder scheme, the only scheme in the country which sets standards for and monitors breeders to ensure that the health and welfare of their dogs come first. It also runs the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme, the only scheme for dog instructors to be recognised by City and Guilds NPCT, giving dog owners the reassurance that KCAI instructors have a credible, externally verified qualification.

The press office works alongside the Public Affairs team, whose wide ranging campaigning remit includes tail docking, electric shock collars, dangerous dogs, puppy farming, chemicals testing on dogs, dog and cat fur, dog control orders and dog access.  As a result the Kennel Club has influenced debate on the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act, the Animal Welfare Act, European legislation on a ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur in the EU, European legislation on reducing animal testing (REACH) and helped lead the ban of Electric Shock Collars in Wales.

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