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AKC Canine Health Foundation

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995 by the AKC, is the largest non-profit association worldwide to fund research exclusively dedicated to canine health. For eight consecutive years, the International Kennel Club of Chicago (IKC) together with co-sponsors Nestle Purina PetCare Company have collaborated to raise funds for the AKC Canine Health Foundation, their premier event being the annual Chicago dog show.

Culminating in the Purina Invitational Ball, this year’s Chicago show was held February 25-28th and dedicated to the memory of Seme Auslander, a long-standing supporter and dog enthusiast who sadly lost her battle with cancer. The IKC and show sponsor Nestle Purina this year donated a record $24,610 bringing the cumulative total raised since 1998 to over $125,000, all going towards the Canine Health Foundation’s mission to help dogs live longer, healthier lives.

In addition, attendees at the ball were surprised by another huge donation. Nestle Purina PetCare Company presented a further cheque for $189,063 representing the 2004 proceeds from the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program (PPCPP). The presentation was followed by a Purina-sponsored dinner and dance in appreciation of all donors and supporters of health research.

Wayne Ferguson, President of the AKC Canine Health Foundation stated, “This is the eighth year in a row that we’ve received such generous support from the partnership with the IKC and Nestle Purina and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results of our continued efforts,” to which Steve Remspecher, Nestle Purina’s Director of Marketing for its Breeder/Enthusiast Group added, “By supporting the Canine Health Foundation, we’re leading the charge against canine diseases like cancer and we’re building a better future for our dogs.”

For more information about the AKC and its work, visit and for further details of the PPCPP program see