In 2027 the Trust celebrates forty years of making a difference to dogs and the people whose lives they share. We are really excited about this special anniversary and the opportunity it brings to recognise what’s been achieved and to shape our future direction.

As we move towards our 40th anniversary, we’re launching a series of specific fundraising programmes that offer our supporters a range of options for giving. From making a Will that keeps tails wagging, to becoming a regular giver or being part of our matched-giving campaign, Double the Pawprint, which has various appeals throughout the year, we want everyone to feel they can be involved.

In celebration of the anniversary, we also wanted to develop a strategic partnership with an organisation whose work and impact mirrors our own charitable objectives. In bringing resources together, sharing expertise and sometimes facilities, we can do even more for the dogs and people we care so much about. In addition to our usual work, we are partnering with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to raise funds, culminating in our anniversary year.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust was a founding funder of the Battersea Academy in 2018, supporting bursaries for UK dog rescues. Since then, the Academy has thrived, and adapted well in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Battersea developed new ways of working in a direct response, and the Academy designed and delivered 23 programmes and webinars which were attended by 432 delegates from 286 rescues and five local authorities.

As such, we are delighted to be supporting the Battersea Academy for the next six years as our Anniversary partner. We feel honoured to play our part, along with a number of Battersea’s other funders, in helping the Academy to continue to thrive.

BOAS Research

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, along with the Kennel Club, is funding a major piece of research into Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), being undertaken by specialists at the University of Cambridge. You can read more about this project and how you can support the campaign here.