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AKC Humane Fund Announces Applications for Sir John D. Spurling, OBE, KCVO Scholarship Are Now Open

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by July 31, 2022.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – The AKC Humane Fund announces that applications are now open for the 2022 Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, celebrating the human-canine bond. Each year, the AKC Humane Fund awards five full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet ownership.

The scholarship is named in honor of Sir John D. Spurling, founder of PetPartners, Inc., which provides comprehensive and affordable pet health insurance to dog and cat owners throughout the United States.

“The AKC Humane Fund celebrates the human-canine bond. We’re pleased to do that by supporting future pet care professionals and their dedication to responsible pet ownership,” said Doug Ljungren, president of the AKC Humane Fund. “We look forward to receiving another round of outstanding applicants this year.”

The AKC Humane Fund awards $2,000 to each of the five scholarship recipients, payable as tuition assistance directly to the institution where each student is enrolled in courses of study focusing on the care of pets. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in a degree or certification program at an accredited U.S. institution. Applications must be submitted or postmarked by July 31, 2022.

To apply for the Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, visit here.

For more information about the AKC Humane Fund, visit


The AKC Humane Fund promotes responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund supports Parent Club Rescue activities; assists shelters for domestic abuse victims that permit pets and provides resources for responsible dog ownership education. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, 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. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit

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