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Berkshire's Finest Dogs Help Unite Families This Winter

16 December 2011    10:30

Not everyone will be with their family over Christmas, but a team of specially trained dogs in Berkshire are getting ready to help reunite families this winter thanks to a £3,500 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs is a charity set up in 2002 for the purpose of assisting the police to find missing vulnerable people. Specially trained dogs work with a team of volunteer dog handlers to find missing people as a dog's strong sense of smell can identify clues humans can not.

Berkshire SAR Dogs was awarded the grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to help the organisation continue to grow and relocate into new premises. The team has expanded significantly and it now has 33 dogs as well as 43 human members, from an initial membership of just four dogs and 10 people when the charity began.

Berkshire SAR Dogs was recognised by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust as helping dogs live a happy life and helping others to do the same. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust provides funding to a wide variety of charities and organisations that benefit dogs and people, from supporting research into canine diseases, dog welfare organisations and the promotion of support dogs.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said: "Every year over 200,000 people go missing in the UK alone. At the Kennel Club Charitable Trust we have the opportunity to support a wide array of charities, and as well as helping dogs through extensive health research programmes, welfare and support charities, we are also able to help humans as a consequence. Support charities such as Berkshire Search and Rescue Dogs do amazing work, whilst ensuring their dogs live life to the full and make the most of their capabilities."

Lou Holmes, Chairman of Berkshire SAR Dogs said: "We are extremely grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for its donation and support for our mission to search, locate and reunite vulnerable missing people with their families and friends."


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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country's largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK's largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK's largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world's greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests the money that it makes from registrations and its Petlog identification database into its dog training and education programmes, welfare campaigns and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports dog welfare charities and research into dog diseases. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and, through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.

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