CHF Announces a New Donor Advised Fund

The AKC Canine Health Foundation announces the establishment of the Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies. The Donor Advised Fund (DAF) was created in memory of author and CHF President’s Council Member Darlene Arden’s mother, and will benefit studies focusing on unlocking the mysteries of canine behavior.

A certified animal behavior consultant, Arden’s writing focus has been on helping dog owners in identifying and eliminating unwanted behaviors in their pets. The author of “Small Dogs, Big Hearts,” “The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs ,” and now her new behavior book, “Rover, Get Off Her Leg!,” Arden has specialized in behavior issues of dogs 20 pounds and under. Portions of the proceeds from “Rover, Get Off Her Leg!,” will benefit the fund and lead to future behavior studies as identified through the Canine Health Foundation grants review process.

“Darlene has been a tremendous asset to CHF in the past and has always been on the lookout for opportunities to help us tell our story,” says Wayne Ferguson, president of the Canine Health Foundation. “We’re pleased that she’s chosen to honor her mother in such a resounding way.”

“I couldn’t think of a better way to honor my mother and our shared love of dogs than to create this fund in her memory. Behavior is at the very core of the human-animal bond. I also know that whatever studies the CHF funds will also ultimately benefit people. It’s truly a win/win for dogs and their human companions. I also hope it will help breeders breed dogs that are mentally as well as physically sound. I think my mother would wholeheartedly approve.”

Donations can be made to the fund online by clicking here or by contacting the Canine Health Foundation toll free (888) 682-9696.

In a recent review of Arden’s new book, Florence Scarinci writes, “Even the most inexperienced dog owner will find her advice easy to follow. Humorous anecdotes illustrating the undesirable behavior enhance the text. While there are many helpful guides available addressing the same behavioral issues and using the same training methods, Arden’s book is easy to read, entertaining, and affordable. An excellent purchase for all public libraries.” Information about ordering Darlene’s new book can be found at

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995 by the American Kennel Club, is the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health research exclusively for canines. Our goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is proud to be the leader in non-invasive genetic health research, stem cell research, and biotherapeutics benefiting both canines and humans. Through the generous financial support of the American Kennel Club and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Co., we’re proud to announce we have allocated more than $18 million in canine health research through 74 schools and research institutions worldwide.


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