Unfortunately, not all dogs spend their whole lives with one loving family. But through Westminster’s support to Breed Rescue activities many dogs get a second chance at happiness with a new family. National Breed Club volunteers from across the country work to rescue dogs in need with funds from breeders, owners and exhibitors involved in dog sports. Westminster is proud to support these volunteers and the tireless work they do to help dogs who need proper veterinaty care, rehabiliatation and often times training before they are available to a new family.
- Since 2018, the club has donated annually to three AKC-recognized National Breed Clubs to support their dog breed rescue activities. These annual Westminster Gives Back Award donations totaling $15,000 assists clubs in offsetting rescue expenses such as transportation, veterinary care, feeding, boarding, grooming, and training.
- n 2018 the National Breed Club recipients were the Bearded Collie Club of America, English Cocker Spaniel Club of America and Great Pyrenees Club of America.
- The 2019 club recipients will be the Bull Terrier Club of America, National Brussels Griffon Rescue, Inc., and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA).
- Westminster teams with its sponsor Purina, in support of Purina’s charities: Rally to Rescue, Pets for People, and One Hope Alliance, to help shelter dogs and breed rescue across the country. Over the years, Westminster has helped to raise millions of dollars for rescue programs and shelters to help dogs in need as well as donations to breed-specific organizations such as Greyhound Rescue.