Founded in 1884, The AKC is the largest dog registry in the world. Along with its over 5000 licensed members and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for all dogs in many areas including training, shelters, purebreds and health and well-being issues. The AKC also works hard to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

People around the world were touched by the loyalty of the search and rescue dogs and their handlers as they worked tirelessly to recover victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The AKC coordinated efforts to assist the SAR handlers and dogs at the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon.

To continue commemorating the heroism of the SAR's teams the AKC established the Companion Animal Recovery Corporation, Canine Support and relief fund. A charitable fund to support professional and volunteer Search and Rescue organizations in the United States.

We encourage you to explore the AKC website and its charities and learn more about this wonderful organization at . There you can learn more about the AKC and all the ways it celebrates the heroism of man's best friend.