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The AKC Humane Fund

John Spurling, Founder and Chairman of PetPartners, Inc., provider of the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan, was recognized in February by The American Kennel Club Humane Fund for his generous support to promote responsible pet ownership.

Mr. Spurling was honored recently at a special dinner event on February 11 at The 21 Club in New York City, along with American Kennel Club executives and special guests. An after show party was held following a performance of Broadway’s Spider Man Turn Off the Dark, where Spurling received a special award plaque.

The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to promote the joy and value of responsible pet ownership. Through education, outreach and grant-making, the AKC Humane Fund strives to unite a broad spectrum of animal lovers toward a common goal. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund:

  • Helps support Parent Club Rescue activities designed to place dogs dogs that have lost their homes
  • Assists human-services organization that permit domestic abuse victims to enter and stay in shelters with their pets
  • Provides resources to programs that educate adults and children about responsible dog ownership including The Awards for Canine Excellence and the Library at the American Kennel Club

“As the status of dogs in society rises, the more we want to protect them,” said AKC President & CEO Dennis Sprung. “We are proud to honor John Spurling for giving dog owners peace of mind, knowing that they can afford excellent medical treatment to guard their beloved family pet against the growing cost of unavoidable accidents and unexpected illness.”

For over 30 years, Spurling has established a worldwide presence in helping pet owners plan for the healthcare needs of their pets. PetPartners is the only pet insurance provider in the U.S. exclusively endorsed by the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association.

In addition to founding PetPartners, Spurling has enjoyed a career in the advertising and insurance industries in East Africa, The U.K. and the U.S. In the U.K., he holds the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Besides Spurling’s business interests, he has been a very active leader and fundraiser for many charitable organizations in the U.K. They include The Outward Bound Trust, The Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, National Coaching Foundation, and The Lord’s Taverners, a charity dedicated to the promotion of cricket among young people. In addition, Spurling also serves as a Director and major fundraiser for The London Marathon. In 1999 he was credited for raising the largest single amount of money that had ever been collected by one individual for that event.


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