AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces New Grants and Resources for Canine Health


Media Contact:
Bradford Brady
Director of Development & Communications
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4023
E-mail: bradford.brady@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (March 1, 2019) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announces new grants and resources for canine health, celebrating their investments in better health for all dogs. 

Since this time last year, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has awarded new research grants solely for dogs totaling more than $3.6 million. CHF’s Hemangiosarcoma, Tick-Borne Disease, and Epilepsy Research Initiatives continue with new and ongoing funding for these important canine health concerns.

While meeting the mission of CHF to advance the health of all dogs and their people by funding humane scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information, the Foundation finds and funds new ways to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Recent research outcomes from more than 45 new scientific publications resulting from CHF funding highlight the following:
- the study of colorectal tumors in pet dogs that provide unique insights into human colorectal cancer
- enhanced delivery of chemotherapy for treatment of spontaneous canine intracranial gliomas (a type of brain tumor)
- support for development of a software program to find somatic copy number changes in whole genome sequencing data for canine cancer
- infiltration of dog’s white blood cells in canine osteosarcoma (bone cancer) to help understand and advance treatments
- new results to help differentiate between primary hypothyroidism and nonthyroidal illness in dogs.

“We are excited to announce our latest research and educational programs for canine health, working closely with our partners and donors to find and fund the highest caliber science,” states CHF CEO, Dr. Diane Brown. “Recognizing that funding for canine-specific health research remains limited, AKC Canine Health Foundation works to fill that gap by growing our scientific programs and demonstrating our organizational quality as a Four-Star Charity Navigator nonprofit organization. In addition, studies we fund help inform diseases of importance to both dogs and people, such as cancer and neurological diseases like epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders.”

The Foundation also supports dog lovers by providing educational resources on re-emerging infectious diseases and by communicating news and updates through our website and social media. We also help support a genetic consultation resource for breeders, owners, and veterinarians in collaboration with the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at North Carolina State University. Finally, CHF-sponsored live webinars for 2019 will feature some of CHF’s leading investigators reporting on their CHF-funded research including:
- scientific cannabidiol (CBD) studies for canine health and epilepsy
- early maternal influences on behavior and training of puppies destined to be service and working dogs
- the latest on canine ‘flu’
- the most updated findings on health implications for early spay and neuter
- cutting edge research for dogs with degenerative myelopathy, a devastating disease akin to Lou Gehrig’s Disease in people.
These free, live webinars provide continuing education to veterinary professionals, dog owners, and breeders.

CHF is a Four-Star Charity Navigator-rated nonprofit organization, and maintains a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, demonstrating that it exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency, and outperforms most charities in its category. Individuals interested in supporting CHF’s mission to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation.

There are many ways to support CHF’s mission, including:
- make a donation at akcchf.org/donate
- follow CHF’s Facebook page
- use their website to find resources for dog owners and veterinarians
- become a CHF member
- register for a webinar
- make a tribute to honor a special dog or human for a long lasting impact.
Matched funding opportunities are available, including for canine cancer research at akcchf.org/match. CHF embraces a One Health approach to research that will inform and improve health for dogs and their people. Together, CHF looks forward to providing much-needed resources for better health for all dogs again in 2019.


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About CHF
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. The Foundation funds the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the funded discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum seal. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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