This week The Red Room asked us to write about a charity we support. I've done that before. And The Red Room has been kind enough to feature the charity in the past.
I started a Donor Directed Fund at the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) in memory of my mother. The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies carries my mother's name and reflects her life in that she loved people and animals. She was always helping everyone. A heart of pure gold. My friends would talk to her when they couldn't approach their own mother. She was everyone's "mom." I'm the only one who never called her that. What started as "Mummy," progressed to "Mother" with occasional dips into the past not long before she died.
I chose AKC/CHF because nearly everything they fund helps people as well as dogs. The hard part is making people understand that it's ALL dogs, not just purebreds despite AKC's involvement. And it's also hard to make people understand that while their individual breed may have certain physical problems, any dog can have behavior problems. And those behavior problems are often what leads to a dog being relinquished to a shelter and almost certain death. It is likely that more dogs die as a result of behavior problems than any one disease.
I use the fund to give gifts, donate in memory of a person or dog, etc. It's meaningful. This past holiday season, my best friend and chosen sister sent a donation in memory of her mother and mine. It touched my heart.
If you go to www.akcchf.org there is a place to Donate. It gives you choices of donating online or via snail mail. But you must specify a donor directed fund if that is where you want the donation to be applied. Even a dollar is meaningful because each dollar, combined with others can really add up and make a difference.
Thanks to The Red Room for not only being supportive of authors and writers but the charities they support as well. The more people who know about them, the better.
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation