Kennel Club, National Dog Show Host, Awards Four Grants

David Frei, Mary Carillo, and John O’Hurley (at top) in November celebrated the 20th anniversary of the televised National Dog Show Presented by Purina

OAKS PA – The Kennel Club of Philadelphia, which last November again successfully staged its annual National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, on Wednesday (Feb. 16, 2022) gave a total of $400,000 to four dog-related organizations that “are important parts of our world,” club President Wayne Ferguson said.

Receiving club grants of $100,000 each were the:

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, to promote and foster research and training in animal medical genetics to diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases;
  • AKC Reunite, Raleigh NC, to donate K-9 police dogs to police departments around the United States;
  • Take The Lead, Watertown NY, to assist qualified people in the sport of dogs who suffer from life-threatening and terminal illnesses, natural disasters and, most recently, COVID-19; and
  • AKC Canine Health Foundation, Raleigh NC, to fund research that promotes the health of all dogs.

NBC Television and Purina, “our great partners in the National Dog Show for the past 20 years,” as well as the club’s “tireless, hardworking members” made the grants possible, Ferguson said.

Club donations extend “the reach and impact of our broadcast far beyond our millions of viewers every Thanksgiving Day,” he added. “This lets us recognize the ongoing important and significant work done by our recipients for our dogs and their people.”

Photo provided by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia