The ASSA promotes research efforts concerning Shetland Sheepdogs through monetary support of research and through advertising the need for participation in active research studies by dog owners. Individuals can contribute to the effort through donations or through direct participation.

Funding of health research studies occurs through two sources, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the ASSA Foundation.

AKC Canine Health Foundation

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) receives donations from the general public into a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) for each breed. Distribution of monies within the Donor Advised Fund for Shetland Sheepdogs is directed by the ASSA Board of Directors based on the recommendations of the RAC. Funds within CHF Donor Advised Fund may only be used for research projects approved by the CHF. Anyone wishing to donate funds to the CHF for Shetland Sheepdog health research should be sure to designate the funds be applied to the Shetland Sheepdog Donor Advised Fund. Another way to support the Donor Advised Fund is through the Purina Parent Club Partnership Program.

ASSA Foundation

Sources of funds within the ASSA Foundation come from donations made directly to the Foundation either from ASSA members or from individuals who learn about the Foundation primarily through the ASSA website. Funds in the ASSA Foundation are divided into categories depending on the instructions of each donor. The Health Research Fund and the Dermatomyositis (DMS) Research Fund are the two categories that involve health research.

Want to participate in research studies?

1) See the ASSA Active Studies under the health tab.
2) See clinical trials section of the AKC Canine Health Foundation
3) See AVMA Animal Health Studies Database
4) See clinical trials section of the Broad Institute