AKC Good Works

The AKC Makes a Difference For All Dogs

The American Kennel Club is a non-for-profit organization that has been the trusted resource for information, products and services that promote the well-being of dogs and enrich the lives of their owners since 1884. The money raised through the AKC supports a wide range of animal welfare programs and services that help both purebred and mixed-breed dogs, including the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Rescue Network, and AKC Pet Disaster Relief Program, and more than $30 million has been allocated to fund these invaluable programs to date.

AKC Rescue Network

People are often surprised to learn it's possible to find a purebred dog that fits their lifestyle and is also in need of a forever home. The AKC Rescue Network is the largest network of dog rescue groups in the United Stateswith more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups located across the country and 160 breeds currently represented within the network. The AKC’s "National Breed Clubs" spearhead the bulk of these rescue groups, and it’s often breeders who are at the heart of these rescues and rehomes.

Foster volunteers provide in-depth knowledge about the dog’s history, temperament, health concerns and special needs , which enables them to place the dog in the best-fitting home. In addition, the fostering/rehabilitation period will last as long as is necessary before a group in the AKC Rescue Network groups looks to rehome a dog. Learn more and find breed-specific Rescue Network contacts here.

AKC Reunite

AKC Reunite, North America’s largest not-for-profit pet ID and recovery service, has helped reunite over 500,000 lost pets with their owners. An owner’s emergency contact information linked to the pet’s unique identification number, whether it is a microchip, tattoo, or AKC Reunite-issued collar tag. AKC Reunite provides recovery services 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund also awards grants to K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. Since 2002, AKC Reunite has proudly supported the crucial role these volunteers play during natural disasters and other emergencies. The unique talents of a highly trained canine and its handler often make the difference between life and death for a missing person.

AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. Founded and supported by the AKC, the non-profit foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. It is the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world. Read more about our our mission and goals.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief Program

The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Program assists local Emergency Management organizations across the country to plan and prepare for and respond to disasters that impact people and their pets. Its life-saving trailers, which run off either a generator or 110v power supply, are stocked with essential supplies to house at least 65 pets the critical first few days after a disaster is declared. Each trailer contains crates, pet carriers, bowls, collars and leashes, microchips, a microchip scanner, fans, cleaning supplies, maintenance equipment, administrative supplies, training materials and much more to allow emergency personnel to put together co-location or lost-and-found pet shelters. AKC Reunite and AKC clubs have pooled more than $1 million and donated 50+ pet disaster relief equipment trailers to first responders around the country.

The AKC Humane Fund

The AKC Humane Fund unites animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. It’s the only public charity that directly supports pets in domestic violence shelters. The Fund also offers Parent Club Breed Rescue grants to dog clubs rescuing and re-homing unwanted dogs and scholarships to reward students pursuing professions that strengthen the human-animal bond. The AKC Humane Fund’s Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) are given each year to promote the important role dogs play in our lives.

Kennel Inspections

The American Kennel Club conducts thousands of inspections each year, and we are the only purebred dog registry in the United States that maintains a systematic and sustained investigation and inspection effort. The care and conditions of the dog and kennel are of the utmost importance to the AKC and our inspectors ensure that our breeders comply with these standards. If you would like to verify that the breeder you are dealing with is in good standing with the AKC, contact AKC Customer Service at 919-233-9767 or info@akc.org.

Breeder Continuing Education

The AKC offers its breeder education programs through its Canine College to provide continually learning opportunities for our breeders, so they can stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health. All courses are offered free-of-charge to AKC breeders.