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AKC thanks Kennel Club for generous donation to aid hurricane victims

THE BRITISH Kennel Club Charitable Trust has been praised by the American Kennel Club and its affiliated organisation AKC Companion Animal Recovery for its support to help the canine victims of Hurricane Katrina. This was the first donation from outside of the USA to help in the canine relief effort.

"We were deeply saddened by the news of the hurricane and the significant loss of life, both human and canine," said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary. "The American Kennel Club has acted quickly to try and alleviate the suffering of the canine victims in this disaster and we are pleased to be able to offer some financial assistance to their invaluable work."

As reported in a recent issue, at a meeting of The Kennel Club's General Committee it announced it would donate £5,000 to support the AKC in its relief efforts. The donation was further matched by £5,000 from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust.

"We are highly appreciative of this generous contribution by the Kennel Club," said Ron Menaker, Chairman of the American Kennel Club. "This donation reflects the traditional cooperation of our two kennel clubs."

"We wish to the thank The Kennel Club and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for its generous and thoughtful donation to the AKC/CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund," said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung. "This is a considerable donation considering 100 percent of the donated funds go directly to helping animals with no funds used for administrative purposes."