The American Kennel Club Partners With The American Cancer Society To Honor The Canine As A Caregiver

Mar 17, 2016, 10:00 ET from American Kennel Club

NEW YORK, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, today announces a strategic relationship with the American Cancer Society to honor the canine as caregiver and bring awareness to both canine and human cancer research.

The AKC and the Society will pair up for various events across the country including their Bark For Life fundraising events. During these events, AKC will educate the public on canine health, micro-chipping, pet socialization, and the link between canine and human health. They will also host various events and cross promote awareness through their various social media channels.

"We are thrilled to work with the American Cancer Society," said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the AKC. "Dogs add so much to our lives and even more so when we are dealing with illness or trauma. We welcome this opportunity to honor the canine as a caregiver as well as educate the public."

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life events honor the life-long contributions of our canine caregivers and celebrate cancer survivorship, while raising funds for continued groundbreaking research, supporting education efforts, and providing free information and critical services for cancer patients.

"We are honored to be working with the American Kennel Club," said Maria Clark, SVP, volunteer events, American Cancer Society. "As the largest dog registry in the world, this collaboration offers a strategic opportunity for us to reach a broader audience of new participants as we continue to fight all cancers to save lives and celebrate life."

Events nationwide will be announced in the coming weeks.

About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. 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 more than 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. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit

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