AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Matching Funds for Endocrinology Research


Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4019
E-mail: sharon.albright@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (August 2, 2021) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces $10,000 in matching funds for endocrinology research.

In recognition of their tenth anniversary, the Australian Terrier Trust will match donations in support of CHF-funded endocrinology research up to $10,000. Created by the Australian Terrier Club of America, the Australian Terrier Trust promotes the welfare of their breed through support of canine health research, education on the proper care, breeding, and health of the breed, and promoting public knowledge of the breed and dogs in general.

Matching funds will first support CHF Grant 02948-A: Effect of Glycemic Control on the Onset of Cataract Development in Diabetic Dogs. This pilot study seeks to determine if poor long-term glucose control is associated with earlier onset and faster progression of cataract formation in diabetic dogs. Results will inform whether tighter glucose control may delay the onset of cataracts and have One Health implications regarding diabetic cataracts in humans as well.

“We’re excited to partner with the AKC Canine Health Foundation on this worthwhile endeavor,” says Marilyn Harban, Chairman of the Australian Terrier Trust. “Since our founding in 2011, we have been committed to improving the health of Australian Terriers. With this match challenge, we continue that commitment while also helping other breeds with endocrine health issues.”

CHF also funds research addressing Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, and hypothyroidism in its endocrinology portfolio. These studies are part of an $11.4 million active research portfolio examining the health needs of all dogs across their entire lifetime. Donors can double their impact by giving at www.akcchf.org/endocrinematch.

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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. With more than $62 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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