The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Annual Awards

AKC Canine Health Foundation

RALEIGH, NC (December 17, 2021) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners, recognizes leaders in canine health with their annual awards.

  • Dr. A. Duane and Connie Butherus receive the 2021 President’s Award.

  • 2021 Distinguished Research Partners are the Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, Inc. and Retriever News/Entry Express.

The President’s Award is given to a person or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to advancing canine health. Duane and Connie Butherus have devoted more than 50 years to dogs. From showing prize-winning Afghan Hounds to serving as officers for many clubs, they are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of dogs. Duane is currently on CHF’s Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the Board from 2013 to 2015. He is also currently a member of CHF’s Scientific Review Committee. Connie is the past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America, Afghan Hound Club of Northern New Jersey, and Central New Jersey Hound Association. In addition, she is a current member of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Morris & Essex Kennel Club, Tuxedo Park Kennel Club, and Delaware Gap Kennel Club.

The Distinguished Research Partner Award is given annually to clubs or organizations for their ongoing and outstanding commitment to support canine health research. The Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute, Inc. (ASHGI) has been a valued supporter of canine health research funded through CHF since 2009, supporting studies that directly impact canine health and breeding strategies. Their constant and enthusiastic attendance at the National Parent Club Canine Health Conference furthers the missions of ASHGI and CHF to benefit the health of all dogs. Retriever News provides vital outreach through magazine ads and content. They support research through direct donations and provide handlers the unique opportunity to support CHF through the Entry Express retriever event management system.

“This year’s award recipients have provided long-term and steadfast support for CHF and its mission,” says CHF Board Chairman, J. Charles Garvin, MD, FACS. “We are honored to apply their knowledge and passion to advance the health of all dogs.”

In 2021, CHF invested more than $3.4 million in 50 new canine health research and educational grants. These grants augment the Foundation’s portfolio of 154 active and international canine health studies addressing a variety of conditions from glaucoma to pancreatitis to cancer and more.

  • 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.

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