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So I am watching the dog show and I see the AKCs commercial about how they spent $16 million on canine disease research last year.

Does anyone know if the AKC provides any sort of support to purebred dog rescue? I can't find any information about it on their web site.

I have sent them a question and I am curious to see what their response will be.
 

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Are you talkin' $$$$$$$$$$ support, Remo?

That would be nice. Take a percentage of the registration fees from the puppy mills that the AKC supports, and those huge commercial breeders...and donate it to rescue to cover their expenses.

That wasn't very PC or nice of me. I am tired and cranky.
 

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Originally Posted By: JeanKBBMMMAANAre you talkin' $$$$$$$$$$ support, Remo?

That would be nice. Take a percentage of the registration fees from the puppy mills that the AKC supports, and those huge commercial breeders...and donate it to rescue to cover their expenses.

That wasn't very PC or nice of me. I am tired and cranky.
Yes, but you don't lie.


Outside of the listings of rescues, I don't believe they do anything to help. My experience with even getting a rescue listed on their site was that it took about 4 months to do. First came the form letter that the website had to go through committee review, then after waiting and waiting, I emailed again and magically we were listed within a week. Low....low priority.
 

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Originally Posted By: RemoIf they do NOT support rescue (financially!) I think it is time for a change.
Amen to that!!!!!!!!
 

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I often wondered that too and I too looked on their site and did find a tidbit of information describing their AKC Humane Fund which stated:

"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,"

Don't know how to interpret that, so it will be interesting to hear exactly what they have to say!
 

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They also said they inspected (i think it was over 12,000) kennels? Do they really?? Do any of you breeders ever get inspected by AKC?
 

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I know it is difficult to get info out of AKC. When I worked at the shelter we had an owner surrender Husky w/AKC papers. I was attempting to contact the breeder to see if they would take the dog back, he had issues. The papers were individual papers which didn't have the breeder's address only his name. It took me several tries to get AKC to understand that I had his name, I needed an address or phone number to contact him or would they contact him for me. By the time they figured out what I was asking and agreed to help the dog had been euthanized. It would be nice if breeder addresses were listed on all the papers, not just the ones from the breeder.
 

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It would be nice, and I don't mind paying larger entry fees to support it. AKC works hard to support the fancy, meet the general public's need for education, recover lost pets of all kinds not just purebred dogs, and support health studies to improve the health of our dogs. I am not sure about rescue.

I do know that there would probably be some that would criticize AKC for not doing more and when AKC did do more the same ones would complain that entries were going up.

Kayos' breeder has been inspected so yes they do random checks. She passed with flying colors.
 

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I wonder if the AKC would even openly admit that there was such thing as a poorly bred AKC dogs with health problems in the the first place! It seems like they won't admit that there is problem with irresponsible overbreeding or attempt to do anything about it. Their stance concerning any and all proposed legislation relating to mandatory spay/neuter laws is that they seem to be opposed to all of it! I'm a long time member of an AKC affiliated kennel club and while I enjoy being in the club and the activities we do, I'm always very upset when reports are given at the club meetings on spay/neuter legislation within our state (or even adjoining states) and are requested to write or call our local representative to say we are in opposition to the proposed law! No doubt it boils down to a money issue with AKC. I also want to say I'm not "kicking AKC to the curb", but just don't agree with them. I thoroughly enjoy showing in AKC events and do compete in obedience and conformation! However, I do wish the german shepherd dog was at the BOTTOM of the AKC list for popularity and not in the top 3!!
 

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The only thing the AKC will admit to is that they are a breed registry. Which is why I'm surprised that they actually would inspect a kennel.
 

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Originally Posted By: onyx'girlThey also said they inspected (i think it was over 12,000) kennels? Do they really?? Do any of you breeders ever get inspected by AKC?
It is my understanding if a kennel breeds 7+ litters per year and they AKC register them, the AKC comes out and does an inspection every year.
 

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My mother, a GSD breeder, has never been inspected in over thirty years of active breeding. She also does not have seven litters in one year either. However, she does have a friend (an Irish Wolfhound breeder) who was inspected and passed with flying colors. This lady also never bred seven litters annually, however, the AKC just showed up for a random inspection. None of my kennel club friends has ever mentioned being inspected and most of these breeders never have more than one or two litters on an annual basis.

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So what about the mills with all of their AKC registered dogs. You think the AKC ever sets foot there or are they only inspecting the small breeders who will pass?
 

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This is from an email that I just got from the AKC (because my boys are registered):

Quote:In February, we give extra thought to the ones we love, and our pets are no exception. Dogs bring us love, loyalty and companionship, and they ask for nothing in return. A new charity, the AKC Humane Fund, seeks to pay back an age-old debt by raising money in support of man’s best friend.

A 501(c)(3) charity, the AKC Humane Fund is a not-for-profit organization that unites a broad spectrum of animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. Programs supported by the Fund include shelter outreach, breed rescue, a dog fancier hall of fame, and national recognition for pets that change our lives for the better.
 

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008]
—Tax-Deductible Contributions Sought to Establish Educational Programs, Provide Grants to Organizations and Assist Breed Rescue—

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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