FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 30, 2012
Contact: AKC Communications
AKC HUMANE FUND READY TO HELP PET OWNERS STILL AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY WITH THE “SANDY FUND”
New York, NY – With devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy still gripping the Northeast, the American Kennel Club Humane Fund reminds clubs that the AKC Humane Fund is here to help them in their outreach to dogs and owners in their local affected areas with the “Sandy Fund.”
Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the “Sandy Fund” was set up to help AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide services and support to dogs and owners in their own communities that are faced with the challenges of a natural disaster.
“The AKC Humane Fund is deeply concerned about the damage Sandy has caused,” said Daphna Straus, AKC Humane Fund Secretary. “Through the Sandy Fund, the AKC Humane Fund is helping communities achieve relief efforts for dogs and owners, now and in the future.”
After the fund was started with $20,000 donated by the Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Humane Fund, the AKC worked together with Jason Taylor of Eukanuba and the New York Yankees to help pet owners affected in the region by arranging the donation of 44 tons of dog and cat food to be delivered to Yankee Stadium to assist in Yankees’ relief efforts.
AKC Clubs that have received Sandy Fund grants to help others include: Nutmeg Border Collie Club, Mohawk Valley Kennel Club, New England Saint Bernard Club, New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs, Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club, and Northern New Jersey Great Dane Club, as well as the Humane Society of New York, Last Hope Animal Rescue and Bobbi and the Strays.
Clubs and organizations interested in applying for a grant to assist Sandy-related disaster relief outreach can send a request in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in donating to the Sandy Fund please donate here and mark your donation as for the Sandy Fund.
The AKC Humane Fundsm, founded by the American Kennel Club® in 2008, was created to unite a broad spectrum of animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund’s goals are to: support Parent Club Rescue activities; assist shelters for domestic abuse victims that permit pets; provide resources for responsible dog ownership education; contribute to non-profit organizations that support its mission. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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