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John D. Spurling Obe Scholarship Available to Students Interested in Responsible Pet Ownership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 1, 2012
Contact: AKC Communications
Phone: 212-696-8228
Email: communications@akc.org

- Applications Due June 1st -

New York, NY – The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce the creation of the John Spurling, O.B.E. Scholarship Celebrating the Human-Canine Bond. Five scholarships will be awarded annually to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that advance responsible pet ownership. For more information and an application, please visit www.akchumanefund.org.

The scholarship is named in honor of John Spurling, O.B.E., Chairman of the Board of PetPartners, Inc. PetPartners, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, provides comprehensive and affordable pet health insurance to dog and cat owners in all 50 states, including the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan.

“We are happy to support the next generation of responsible pet owners by offering these scholarships in John’s name,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “We thank him for all he has done through PetPartners to support the mission of the American Kennel Club and the AKC Humane Fund.”

The AKC Humane Fund works to promote the cause of responsible pet ownership through a variety of grant programs. This new scholarship will provide funds for students who are pursuing educational programs that include responsible pet ownership in their curricula, including veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, physical therapy, animal care, animal behavior, grooming and training.

The Fund will award five scholarships annually, totaling $10,000, payable as tuition assistance to accredited institutions where students are enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets.

Scholarships are intended for students with excellent academic records and community experience with responsible pet ownership. Applications require essays, an academic transcript and recommendations. Application instructions may be found at http://www.akc.org/humane_fund/grants.html.

For more about other AKC Humane Fund grants, visit www.akchumanefund.org.

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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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