Kennel Club Charitable Trust - reaching £6 million

Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Mike Townsend with Melvin Parrington, Colin Jackson and Pat ParringtonThe Kennel Club Charitable Trust is about to celebrate a landmark event, £6million invested to help dogs. Today (Thursday March 8th) the charity has been celebrating with rescue dogs on the Trust’s stand at Crufts.

For 25 years the Kennel Club Charitable Trust has been awarding grants to worthy dog charities and organisations. In the last few years the grant giving has accelerated and the Trust will shortly have provided more than £6 million to these organisations. Around £3.8 million of this has been specifically donated to research projects, looking into issues affecting dog health and developing tests to help eradicate inherited disease in breeds.

Mike Townsend, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust said: “We are delighted that we are able to help so many dogs through assisting an amazing array of dog welfare charities, support charities and science and research organisations. We are extremely proud that we have donated just under £4m for research into canine health which is a core priority. We work closely with the Animal Health Trust where we have made some significant breakthroughs that will undoubtedly change the future health of our dogs for the better.”

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust celebrated with a special doggy cake that was shared amongst the breed rescue dogs on the stand at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives. The Trust will be sharing the stand with a number of Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations throughout Crufts, and is celebrating with some special rescue dogs today.

The Trust was established in 1987 and has donated £6m to a range of organisations and charities, with more than half of this money distributed in the last five years.

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 - funding research into health problems in dogs
•        Support - helping to train dogs to help human beings
•        Welfare - providing funds for dogs that need help or rescue

8th March 2012
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Image Caption: Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Mike Townsend with Melvin Parrington, Colin Jackson and Pat Parrington

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Notes to Editors

Crufts is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 8th -11th March. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust stand is in hall 3, stand 52

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which 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.