2010 President’s Award Presented to Dr. Bill and Mrs. Tina Truesdale


Cindy Vogels, chairman of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has announced that Dr. Bill and Mrs. Tina Truesdale have received the organization’s 2010 President’s Award for significant contributions to canine health.  This award is presented to individuals, clubs, or organizations who demonstrate excellence in advancing the health of purebred dogs. 

Bill and Tina Truesdale with President's Award

Upon presentation at the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, “The Gala by the Bay” in Long Beach, California, Vogels noted, “Each year it is the privilege of the Chairman to select the recipient of the President’s Award. This year I am delighted to honor two individuals who have given generously and selflessly for years.”  She continued, “They have contributed, not only monetarily – often anonymously – but have also devoted their energies, intelligence and spirit – helping engage others in our quest. From the bottom of my heart, my thanks to Bill and Tina Truesdale.”

Dr. William Truesdale, a small animal veterinarian and reproductive specialist in Massachussetts, joined the board of the AKC Canine Health Foundation in 2002.  A member of the grants committee since then, Dr. Truesdale is also the founder of the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, and he and Mrs. Truesdale are members of the Founders Society of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.  Mrs. Truesdale has been a tireless supporter of AKC Canine Health Foundation events, volunteering at many annual Galas and events during Westminster weekend over the years.

“We are priviledged and fortunate to have an organization such as The AKC Canine Health Foundation,” said Dr. Truesdale.  “Without good canine health there would be no such thing as dog shows, not to mention the devastating effects of losing your pet to a ravaging disease such as cancer.”  Added Mrs. Truesdale, “We are responsible to help create a healthier life for our beloved dogs; that is our driven mission.  I cannot think of a better purpose in our lives, but to work with diligence towards the cause of Good Canine Health.”

The permanent award, designed by Cavalier King Charles fancier and sculptress Janet York, is on display in the AKC Canine Health Foundation offices in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

View past winners of the President's Award.

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