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The Kennel Club, putting its money back into helping the health and welfare of dogs

21st May 2019 - 5:50 PM


The Kennel Club is committed to improving the health and welfare of all dogs and over the last year has given funds totalling £842,000 to organisations and charitable causes including its own charity the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. 

The Kennel Club with the Kennel Club Charitable Trust is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health and welfare to ensure that dogs live healthy and happy lives.  The Kennel Club Charitable Trust supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. 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. The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) contributes to the AHT’s well-established cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog health.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary commented; “While the Kennel Club might be best known for its registration of dogs, it is also the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. As well as our registry, we offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience and advice on puppy buying, health, dog training and handling. The Kennel Club also commits itself to supporting other organisations with similar aims and over the last year some of these recipients have included the Scottish Kennel Club, Welsh Kennel Club, Genetic Journal and the National Military Working Dogs memorial in Brynford, Flintshire which will honour all military dogs.”

Professor Steve Dean, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said; “Since the Kennel Club Charitable Trust was established in 1987, it has donated more than £10 million to help improve the lives of dogs. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities. The Trust awards grants to organisations to help them to achieve its objective of 'making a difference for dogs' and supports work with dogs across three distinct areas: Science - the funding of research into health problems in dogs; Support - helping to train dogs to help human beings and welfare; Sentiment - providing funds for dogs that need help or rescue.”

The Kennel Club through its charitable arm, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has committed a total funding of £810,000 over the next three years for the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust which is investing in a number of canine inherited diseases and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Since 2009 the Trust has donated nearly £5 million to help improve the lives of dogs to be dedicated to canine genetic research with the Animal Health Trust.”

By supporting the Kennel Club Charitable Trust through donations and legacies you can ensure that your money is going into making a real difference for dogs. To find out more about the Kennel Club Charitable Trust visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcct



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