Take the Lead

With your help, we can make a difference in people’s lives.

Since 1993 Take the Lead has assisted l00’s of people and distributed in excess of $6.4 million
During Covid-19 Take the Lead has distributed more than $400,000 to assist with health insurance premiums
Take the Lead has over 2,300 members

Dollars Distributed

TTL Members

in Insurance Premiums

Take the Lead at Westminster 2022

Cancelled because of Covid-19.

We’ll catch you next year!

About Take the Lead

Who We Are

Take the Lead was founded in 1993 as a not-for-profit foundation under Section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code dedicated to provide direct services, support and care for all qualified participants in the sport of dogs who suffer from the devastating realities of life-threatening or terminal illnesses, and to provide temporary emergency assistance to those affected by civil disasters such as fires, floods, earthquakes and the like. 

What We Do

Take The Lead provides direct services, support and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffer the devastation of life-threatening or terminal illness. Perhaps no one can describe who we are and what we do better than someone we have helped along the way. Our mission also includes the ability to provide temporary emergency assistance to those affected by civil disasters such as fires, floods, earthquakes and the like.  This is accomplished through a separate and expedited application.

Getting Involved

We welcome your support. Take The Lead relies upon membership, donations and fundraising events held around the country.

There are many ways that you can help: through your donations, by becoming a member and being a participant in fundraising events.

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Join us in making a difference within our community by becoming a Take the Lead member.

Our History


We originally began simply to lend a level of support to those impacted by the AIDS epidemic.

September 1993

The First benefit cocktail party was held during the Westchester weekend in September of 1993 where we raised over $XXXX.


Our first applications for assistance were received and we immediately began making distributions paying medical insurance premiums, funeral expenses as well as other non-medical bills.


Established a permanent restricted fund and determined that up to one half of each year’s net income would be placed in it.

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A few words from those we have impacted

Because of the Take the Lead, I have been able to live and see my children all graduate high school. I have seen my first granddaughter and my first grandson. Thank you, Take the Lead, because of your help, I am here.
Take the Lead's action along with my dear friends, gave me peace of mind to concentrate on healing. The months they stepped in and made all the. I am eternally grateful.
I need to focus on fighting cancer and there was only one way to do that and Take the Lead provided the way...Thank you Take the Lead for fighting with me. I could have never had done it without you.
I am beside myself with relief and happiness. I can't even begin to tell you and the committee just how much this means. For the first time in months/years I find that there is someone out there who not only cares but can help. Thank you so much from the bottom of my soul.


Recognition within the Community

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We provide direct services, support and care for those in the purebred dog community who were facing the devastating challenges of a life-threatening or terminal illness.  In addition, we are now able to provide assistance in cases of civil disasters.