Accomplishments of the YTCA Foundation
for the Year 2016
The year 2016 was very productive for the YTCA Foundation. We have expanded our fundraising efforts by adding two new methods to increase income for research and sponsored two new ACORN Grants with the Canine Health Foundation. The Foundation, in collaboration with Parent Club/YTCA has agreed to co-fund the Simpson PLE Research Project at Cornell University which will assist clinicians in developing more effective treatments for our Yorkies.
The Foundation sponsored two new ACORN grants with the Canine Health Foundation (CHF) in the amount of $2,500 each: one is on Reproductive Conditions and the other is on Disease Research. ACORN grants are usually for a term of 18 months or less and cost less than $15,000. Many times, successful ACORN grants are a stepping stone into larger scale grants and studies.
The Role of E. Coli Biofilm in Canine Pyometra02264-A (Dr. Marco A. Cousinho de Silva, DVM, PhD; at Ohio State University)
This is an exciting grant. Pyometra is difficult to treat because the infection is hard to permeate. Interesting is that human E. Coli produces a biofilm, a layer of polysaccharide that protects the organism from our immune system as well as antibiotic agents, decreasing the treatment efficacy. Current treatment methods are costly, time-consuming, and not without risk to the bitch. The biofilm reproduction by E. Coli within the endometrium of the bitch may be responsible for making treatment so difficult. The biofilm production in canine pyometra has not been studied. If successful, demonstration of biofilm in bitches affected by pyometra could lead to the development of new therapeutics targeted at disruption of biofilm and resulting in improved treatment.
An Epidemiological Study of Brucella Canis02267-A (Tory V. Written, MPH; Minnesota Department of Health)
We are very excited as to the timeliness of this important grant. In 2015, there was an increase in the number of rescue dogs identified with canine Brucellosis in Minnesota where, prior to 2015, there had been no cases of canine brucellosis identified in a dog not used in a breeding program. As many of you are aware, there has been an increase of rescue dogs coming in from other countries. A screening test will be used to determine the presence of brucellosis in the blood of sampled dogs, positive samples will be confirmed by further testing. The results of the study will be used to determine prevalence and raise awareness of this disease in shelter population, help identify risk factors and to develop a diagnosis PCR test for canine brucellosis. An important outcome of this study will be to create prevention and control measures applicable to this population of dogs. Brucellosis is a contagious disease that can shut down a kennel. It occurs worldwide in a variety of animals and can be transmitted to humans. In dogs, brucellosis can cause abortion, stillbirths, conception failures and litter resorption. The main mode of transmission of brucellosis is by direct contact with the infected body of fluids, such as semen, vaginal secretions and urine. With the influx of rescue dogs from all over the world, this couldn't be more timely. It is important to identify and control this devastating disease before it goes any farther.
A joint effort between the YTCA Foundation and our Parent Club, YTCA Health Committee was made to pursue the MOU agreement and commit to the initial payments to co-fund the Simpson PLE Research Project. Dr. Kenneth Simpson, at Cornell University, is conducting research to identify the genetic factors that would enable the development of a genetic marker-based risk test for Yorkshire Terriers. Thus allowing breeders the ability to make informed decisions with the intent of eliminating PLE in yorkies. PLE is a condition of particular interest to Yorkie fanciers because it may be genetic or hereditary. It becomes evident in adult dogs with no way of screening. Treatment can be frustrating and is not always successful. The research will assist clinicians in developing more effective treatments for affected individuals. The initial funding was provided by the AKC through an ACORN grant. To continue this research and eventually reap the benefits, we needed to step up to the plate. Together, we can do this!
Donations, memorials, and auctions produced an income of $6,299.22 for the year. Our expenses incurred were$6,184.22. The breakdown of income and expenses is shown on the following pie charts.The Financial Committee plansto continue next year’s budget priorities and allocation of funds with the approval of the Board members.
We held our annual YTCA Foundation Online Auction, which was a success. We raised over $2,000 which we will be using for our grant for PLE in conjunction with our parent club. We are fortunate in obtaining generous donations from fanciers who are downsizing or from their estates. We plan on having another auction set to run in March to make room for some of the new donations. Get ready to pick up items at clearance prices. The online auction is currently a large source of annual revenue so we are always delighted with donations from our supporters. A special thank you to all of you who placed bids and donated the wonderful items. Anyone wishing to donate items please contact Linda Grimm at Linda@Parkaveyorkies.comI.
This past year the YTCA Foundation expanded its fundraising efforts by adding two new methods to increase income. We were excited to add the new Ebay site,which has been a successful option for selling unique one-of-a-kind items and 100% of proceeds goes directly to the Foundation through Ebay's“Selling for Charity” program. The Foundation also has an Etsy store where unique Yorkie items are sold.
Social media has been used for advertising and has helped to bring new members to the Foundation’s Facebook page where they can learn about the Foundation’s Mission and fundraising efforts.
The Foundation is now one of the charitable organizations that smile.amazon offers. Please when you shop Amazon go to smile.amazon.com and put in Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Foundation for your charity. This gives the Foundation a percentage of your purchase amount at no cost to you. This donation is made by Amazon, but only if you designate the Foundation to receive it. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) you need to select the Foundation as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. The site will remember your designation and then every time you shop through smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
In September, The Central Florida Yorkshire Terrier Club allowed us space at their 2016 Specialty to display the goals, health info, and research being supported by the Foundation. Cynthia Garrett, a CFYTC member, set up a fewauction items along with the YTCA Foundation informational board. Various brochures, prior YT health survey, and info on grants funded were on display in the main showroom with many visitors/exhibitors expressing interest in the works of the Foundation. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to view the information and those who bid on our auction.
During the month of December, The YTCA Foundation Informational board and the “Smoky” Canine Cancer Campaign were displayed at the AKC “Meet the Breeds” Yorkshire Terrier booth at the AKC National ChampionshipDog Show held in Orlando, Florida on December 17 and 18.. Jennifer shared our info with many interested and excited visitors.
We are looking forward to a successful 2017 as we move forward to a healthier future for our Yorkshire Terriers. Step by step, dollar by dollar,grant by grant, the YTCA Foundation continues to support research seeking answers to problems within our breed. We welcome your comments, questions, and of course any donations you may wish to contribute. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Mary Trimble, President
Sharon McCadam, Secretary
Doreen Hubbard,Vice President
Gloria Bloch-Robinson, Recording Secretary
Gloria Lyon, Treasurer
Directors: Neil Feerrar, Cynthia Garrett, Linda Grimm, Suzette Heider, Janet Jackson, Susan Lingevitch, Cookie Rogan, Patti Steele, Jennifer White
Consultants: Dr. Larry Snyder, DVM; Dr. Nick Valenti, DVM; Robbe Lyon, Deloras Maas