February, 2021
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Clyde Dunphy DVM, NCA CT Chairman
Burley - Barrister Fund Grant Program

“I am not sure I will get any help, but I can't afford to not try.... Burley’s x-rays show a complete tear”. Burley required TPLO ( tibia plateau leveling osteotomy) to repair a cruciate ligament tear and the surgical estimate ranged from $4,300.00 to $5,650.00. The Barrister Fund provided a partial grant to subsidize Burley’s surgery. 

The Barrister Fund was established in 2013 with Diane and Owen Lynch’s founding donation in memory of their beloved Newf “Barrister”. Additional donations continue to sustain this grant program.

The Barrister Fund provides grants to assist limited income/financially stressed owners with Newfoundlands facing critical care veterinary treatment in order  to prevent premature euthanasia or surrender to Rescue, and to relieve the emotional strain on the owner.

At a recent Trust Board meeting the Barrister Fund Grant Program was amended to reflect increased veterinary costs. Grants are available to subsidize a secondary veterinary opinion, to confirm diagnosis and prognosis, up to $500.00 and to support 50% veterinary treatment, up to $2,500.00.

Since inception the Barrister Fund has provided veterinary care grants for twelve Newfoundlands totaling $15,675.00.

With good care provided by his owners and veterinarians it is hoped that Burley will recover fully and further surgery will not be needed. “Burley’s post surgery x-rays were great and the surgeon is so pleased. A few more weeks of leash walking in the back yard and then we can start increasing his morning walk a bit each day.”

If you need financial help with veterinary costs to keep your Newfoundland out of Rescue, contact the Charitable Trust for more information about Barrister Fund Grants.

Charitable Trust Research Update
The NCA Charitable Trust is continuing our commitment to heath research to benefit Newfoundland dogs. The CTMB approved the following three studies at through Morris for $5,000 each from the Charitable Trust Newfoundland Health Challenge Fund:  

D21CA-834 – Creating canine-specific cell lines to study hematopoietic and immune diseases. Pilot study ($10,000). Rationale: good basic science, very applicable to the Newfoundland.
D21CA-837 – E. coli Benefits from Co-infection with Enterococcus ssp. In Canine UTI: Genetic Investigation and Clinical Significance. Pilot study ($10,800). Rationale: observational study, all samples at hand, likely to generate more testable hypotheses, very applicable to the Newfoundland.
D21CA-820 – In vitro and in vivo evaluation of Staphylococcus felis as a potential probiotic therapy for canine pyoderma. Pilot study ($10,800). Rational: Work is doable, applicable to the Newfoundland and likely to lead to testable hypotheses
Donor Inspired Study Report
The Donor Inspired Study request for proposals for SAS in Newfoundlands resulted in the submission to Morris of one very promising study that is currently in the scientific review process at Morris. If approved this $50,000 research study for SAS in Newfoundlands will be funded from the Newfoundland Health Challenge Fund and the SAS Stolen Heartbeats Fundraiser.
What We've Been Up To...
The Charitable Trust Management Board has been working to gather information to create our 2020 Annual Report. Look for it in the 1st Quarter Newf Tide. If you do not receive Newf Tide, please let us know and we will make sure to send you a copy of our Annual Report. Members of the CTMB attended the virtual 25th Anniversary Celebration of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. You can watch the video below. The AKC CHF also shared a presentation on interpreting and understanding the implications genetic test results, including the recently published “Review of the Current State of Genetic testing in Dogs”
Please consider a Valentine donation to the NCA Charitable Trust to support Rescue, Research, Scholarship or Education. You can donate to a specific research area such as Forelimb Anomaly, Sub-Aortic Stenosis or another specific disease area in honor of a Newf who you love or in memory of a Newf who will always live in your heart.
Forelimb Anomaly/Congenital Radial Head Luxation Update
Campaign Update - Stand By Me!

The NCA, Regional Newfoundland Clubs, Breeders, Fanciers and admirers of these gentle giants from around the world have been showing their support for funding research delving into the DNA behind trios (sire, dam, offspring) where unaffected parents have produced affected puppies.

Thanks to your generous support, we have already raised over $28,000 towards our goal, including donations from the Newfoundland Club of New England, the Newfoundland Club of Seattle, the Newfoundland Club of Florida, the Penn-Ohio Newfoundland Club, the Genessee Region Newfoundland Club and the Old West Newfoundland Club.
Charitable Trust Awarded for Transparency
We just earned a 2020 Silver Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users plus 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. What do you think? Check out our profile today.
Celebrating 25 Years of Advancing the Health of All Dogs
In 2020, the AKC Canine Health Foundation celebrated their 25th anniversary.
The NCA Charitable Trust was a founding donor to the CHF.
Founded by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1995 as an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization to focus on research specifically for canine health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has been bolstered by outstanding donor support and continues to make great strides in advancing the health of all dogs. Through canine health research grants, educational grants, conferences, educational and health resources, and more, the physical, mental, and social well-being of dogs has always been our focus. From mapping the canine genome to research initiatives exploring common but complex diseases such as cancer, bloat, epilepsy, and tick-borne disease, CHF finds and funds projects with the greatest potential to advance the health of dogs.
The celebration included a video presentation “A Salute to 25 years, featuring Dr. Anita Oberbauer.” WATCH NOW
Sub Aortic Stenosis Update
Campaign Update - Stolen Heartbeats

Over $11,000 has been raised by dedicated Newfoundland owners, breeders and clubs to help fund research into this deadly disorder. Now that a promising study is on the horizon, it is even more vital that we dig deep to reach our fundraising goal to help get answers before more innocent puppies are lost. 
Planned Giving
The NCA Charitable Trust has many planned giving opportunities, please contact us to learn more - - Learn More