The American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation, Inc. Started the year 2008 with a BIG BANG!
The 2007 AGSDCF, Inc Silent Auction and Live Auction was the MOST SUCCESSFUL of any time. Monetary gifts and bequests were received during the 2008 year which provided the strength of the Foundation coffers to expand its giving in the form of research grant sponsorship.
New Board Members
The strength of the Board was enhanced by the addition of Tim Brown, Dave Coleman and Laurie Pruett. Laurie will also serve as Fund Raising Chairwoman. As promised in the last yearly update, the Foundation Board has not been sitting still. During the 2008 year to date, the AGSDCF has funded or partially funded 5 important research studies totaling $91,920.00. (This amount includes some matching funds). The largest single research grant sponsorship of $30,000 (Grant #934) was directed toward Investigation of Inherited Diseases of the German Shepherd Dog using the SNP Array. (Please refer to Pages 10 & 11 in the July 2008 Review, “YOUR FOUNDATION DOLLARS WORKING FOR THE GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG”.
Submitted January 2008 by Debra Ann Hokkanen, President
The year 2007 has proven to be another great year for the American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation Inc. Grant monies were once again earmarked to help fund Dr. Clemmons research at the University of Florida, plus additional funds have been pledges for research in cancer, heart and spinal myelopathy. The Foundation strives to always take a rational and realistic approach to funding research studies while remembering the broad spectrum of concerns that impacts our Breed.
During the year 2007, the AGSDCF Inc. welcomed three new people to the active support team of the Foundation. Mrs. Becky Tsaros very generously accepted the position of Website Manager and will be working closely with our Secretary Tish Walker. Sam and Sue Sacco assisted the Foundation Board at the Silent Auction table.
Submitted October 2007 by Debra Ann Hokkanen, President
The American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation experienced a very productive and rewarding year in 2006. The Foundation continues to be focused on the health needs of the German Shepherd Dog.
I am pleased to report that the AGSDCF has made contribution pledges to the AKC/CHF. Among them are:
- Mapping Genes Associated with Canine Hemangiosarcoma - Grant #593
- Microarray Analysis for Cardiac Gene Expression in German Shepherd Dogs with sudden Death - Grant #276
- Investigation of Predictors of outcome for Canine Mast Cell Tumors - Grant #257
- Histocompatibility Alleles Conferring Susceptibility to Canine Diabetes, Immune-Mediated Thyroiditis and Immune-Meditated Hemolytic Anemia - Grant #305
- Heritable and Sporadic Genetic Lesions in Canine Lymphoma - Grant #615
- MicroRNAs and Canine Lymphoma - Grant #632
- Genetic Determinants of Canine Mailignant Melanoma - Grant #634
- Characterization of Fluorine-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Uptake in Dogs with Cutaneous Mast Cell Tumor and Malignant Lymphoma - Grant #705A
- Investigation of Predictors of Outcome for Canine Mast Cell Tumors - Grant #257