The Kennel Club Educational Trust emergency relief fund was established to help the future of education in dogs.
In April, the Kennel Club, the Kennel Club Educational Trust (KCET) and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust announced their intention to support canine organisations in their communities which may be suffering financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following announcements about the Kennel Club Charitable Trust donations, decisions have now been taken to the amount of monies and the organisations which will receive funds donated by the Kennel Club Educational Trust. Support will be given to fourteen organisations that applied who are suffering financially as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. These organisations will receive extra funds from the Kennel Club Educational Trust in order to help safeguard their future.
Recipients of the funds include Fleur’s Happy Hounds, K9 Pursuits Ltd, and Pet Behaviour Scotland.
Fleur Broderick, owner of Fleur’s Happy Hounds, said of receiving the grant: “This is a tremendous help to keep my business running. For the past ten years I have been running my business, however the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a temporary closure as I rely on using indoor venues for my classes, as well as visiting people’s homes to hold private one-to-one training sessions. I have had venues to pay and refunds to clients as lockdown started when I was only halfway through a course.
“I am overwhelmed to receive such a generous grant and I feel very positive about Fleur’s Happy Hounds being successful again thanks to this wonderful boost. I would just like to thank the Kennel Club Educational Trust for introducing this grant.”
Gerald King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Educational Trust said: “As with the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, we received a significant number of applications for our emergency funding and have had to make some very hard decisions on where funds need to be placed as a matter of urgency.
“When the Educational Trust was established in 2007, its initial aim was to help advance the education of the public, dog owners and trainers in responsible dog ownership, including public safety, obedience training and health and welfare of dogs.
“Over time, this has evolved into a concentration on education for all canine activities including judges training seminars, breed specific films (including breeding, whelping and health), the Safe and Sound and Bark and Read schemes, the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology Journal and funding toward the development of young people, in particular Young Kennel Club members.
“In these exceptional circumstances we appreciate that some of the organisations that are carrying out these vital educational programmes are suffering greatly at not being able to continue in their work and it is hoped that the Educational Trust can go some way to help support them at this time.”