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Kennel Club health pledge

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust announced this week that it has set aside a minimum of £500,000 over the next two years, specifically for research projects that will help to improve the health of pedigree dogs countrywide.

The money has been made available for research projects that will help to improve the health and quality of life of pedigree dogs, with preference being given to those projects that address conditions that are painful or which shorten a dog’s lifespan.

Letters have already been written to a number of Universities, the Animal Health Trust and the Royal Veterinary College, telling them they can now apply for funding towards their projects, which are expected to range from £20,000 to £100,000.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has already given more than £3 million over the past 21 years to dog welfare charities and to support research into canine diseases.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary told OUR DOGS: ‘The money that has been set aside for research into dog diseases underlines the Kennel Club’s serious and long-standing commitment to the health and welfare of pedigree dogs.

‘The vast majority of pedigree dogs are healthy but we believe that every single dog should be given the chance to lead happy, healthy lives and we have been at the forefront of the work that is being done to make this a reality.

‘We look forward to working with the experts in their field who, as science and technology advances, are increasingly able to find new tests that will help us to identify and prevent dog diseases in the future.’

OUR DOGS will chart the progress of this major move by the KC, and will bring you all the latest news about how the money is being used.