NCA e-notes Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the Newfoundland Club of America
December 2011  

There is nothing more tragic for one of our beloved Newfoundlands than to suffer through the ravages of ill health, or the misfortune of abandonment. As the stewards of these gentle giants, it is one of our duties to care for them, and to do all we are able to safeguard them and the future health of our breed.

The NCA Charitable Trust works diligently to maintain a safety net for individual dogs in need and to seek out and fund the most promising research studies aimed at improving the overall health of our Newfoundland dogs. The NCA Charitable Trust is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation and donations are tax deductible. Many employers will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees, retirees and employees' spouses. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Please check with your employer for additional information.


In This Issue
Working With Regional Rescue Groups
Funding Advances in Health
Making A Difference in the Lives of Dogs
Ensuring a Safe and Healty Future
Health Survey Gains Momentum
National Rescue Network Provides Safety Net
saraRegional rescue groups, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of increased dogs, are often not financially able to care for dogs with extraordinary needs without sacrificing care of their other rescue dogs. Grants provided by the Newfoundland Rescue have been literal lifesavers for many dogs who faced lifetimes of pain and disability, or euthanasia.

Sarah is a young Newfoundland who came to the Newfoundland Club of Seattle from a family who could not afford to find out why she "walked funny". Bred indiscriminately, and purchased via a website, her breeder was not interested in helping out with Sarah's care or finding her a new home. Diagnosed with severe luxating patellas, the only stumbling block between Sarah and a long health future was $3000 of orthopedic surgery. Thanks to a grant of $1500 from the NCA Rescue Network, Sarah has received her surgery and is living with a wonderful new family and getting ready to train for water rescue next year. Help us spread the word about the good work of the NCA Rescue Network -

Health Challenge Funds Multiple Studies in 2011

nhc logoThe Research Advisory Committee of the Charitable Trust spends countless hours reviewing health research proposals submitted by independent researchers, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation., the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Morris Animal Foundation. By pooling our donations with those of other breed clubs, we have been able to fund several important studies this year including Osteosarcoma, Lymphoma and Sub-Aortic Stenosis.   

Your donation today to the NCA Health Challenge ensures that we may continue to fund important studies to improve the health of all Newfoundlands in 2012. 

Economy Hits Big Dogs Hard
maxHigh unemployment, stagnant wages and increased foreclosures all signaled a huge rise in relinquishments to Newfoundland Rescue this year. Many dogs that were given up for financial reasons also suffered from medical conditions, since large vet bills are often the catalyst for a family on the edge to be forced into giving up a beloved pet.

Max was relinquished to the Newfoundland Club of Southern California. Needing bilateral elbow surgery, Max's usual Newfie nature was subdued by constant pain and discomfort. The high cost of surgery was outside of the financial capabilities of a regional club rescue group. Once again, The Newfoundland Rescue Network of the Charitable Trust was able to provide life-saving funds and a grant of $1800 for Max's to arthroscopic surgery on both elbows, the first steps in his new pain-free life. Your generous donation today helps dogs just like Max escape the pain and fear of relinquishment and go on to live long happy lives as beloved family members.
Endowment Fund Provides Sustainability
For the last decade the Charitable Trust Management Board (CTMB) has been responsible for the prudent allocation of your donations to aid Newfoundlands in Rescue, Health and Education initiatives. The CTMB now moves into a new phase of fund management with the establishment of the Newfoundland Endowment Fund within the NCA Charitable Trust. Initial funding was made possible by recent generous contributions from the estates of two previous NCA members and an anonymous donation.

With these resources, the objective of creating a Newfoundland  Endowment Fund , which actually originated in  the NCA Donations Committee,  has been met. Now, it is imperative that these efforts be expanded. As such , a long - term goal of the CTMB is to aggressively  grow the Endowment Fund in order that it may become a significant and steady source of income that can support Rescue, Health and Education activities. We need your help and are requesting that you please consider a donation today to help grow the Newfoundland Endowment Fund and participate in securing a safe and healthy future for every Newfoundland.  
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Co-sponsors Health Survey
One of the biggest projects of the NCA Charitable Trust this year has been the creation and launch of a comprehensive, confidential breed health survey hosted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to date over 1775 dogs have been entered in the survey. With a goal of reaching 10% of the breed population, the results of this survey will help shape the direction of health research funding in the breed for years to come. Please help by entering your Newfoundland's health information online now.

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These are just a few examples of how the NCA Charitable Trust has used your donations to help Newfoundlands in need right now and in the future. As we face another year of economic uncertainty, we would ask you to once again show your support for these important programs.

Please make an online donation right now, while you're thinking of it. Or, if you prefer, use the Endowment Donation option to help ensure we'll be here next year and every year to answer the call for our Newfoundland community. Please make your tax-deductible contribution today. We are critically in need of support. On behalf of everyone who relies on our work, we thank you in advance for your generous gift of $500, $250, $125, $75, or or whatever you can possibly share. Thank you so much for joining us in this compassionate cause.


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Clyde Dunphy, Chair
NCA Charitable Trust 
Newfoundland Club of America