Westminster’s focus on Canine Health pertains to all dogs whether a cherished family pet, a canine athlete, or a displaced dog during times of natural disaster. Keeping dogs safe and healthy have been paramount to the club’s charitable goals for more than a century.
- Westminster’s first show in 1877 was so popular —with 20,000 daily visitors—the club extended the show for an extra day so that all proceeds from that day could be donated to the ASPCA to establish a home for stray and disabled dogs. Thus, a long relationship with a New York City institution for the humane treatment of animals was forged. The club’s most recent donation to the ASPCA was to care for affected and displaced dogs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
- An Endowment Fund for Veterinary Schools was established in 2017 when the Westminster Foundation was dissolved. Since 1987, the Westminster Foundation gave veterinary students scholarships. Today, the following schools carry on that tradition through the endowment: Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, Michigan State University, and Tuskegee University.
- Westminster’s charitable giving has included organizations that provide Disaster Relief for companion animals in the wake of natural disasters, including the AKC Companion Animal Recovery, AKC Humane Fund, AKC Reunite, ASPCA, and California Dog Owners Coalition. In recent years over $100,000 was donated to support disaster relief efforts to help all dogs.
- Westminster supports the health and humane treatment of dogs and through its donations to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the club has helped fund canine health research which helps all dogs. Other donations to the Animal Medical Center and the University of California at Davis have also made a difference in canine health.