Take the Lead

a 501(c)3 Corporation, assisting the AKC dog show community since 1993

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

Since 1993, over $6.4 mil Dollars Distributed  |  More than 2300 TTL Members  |  During Covid-19 Assisted in over $400k in Insurance Premiums


We welcome you to visit our booth at Westminster where there will be raffles, memberships and more! Monday-Wednesday,
June 20th -22nd, 2022

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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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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 approximately $35,000.


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.


A few words from those we have impacted

For many years I paid my yearly dues to Take The Lead as I had known several people whom they had helped.....I have never really been one to ask for help.....I finally went online and applied for assistance.....I was amazed at how quickly I was contacted and approved.....They have been a complete God send. I cannot express how much I appreciate their help.
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.
My husband and I would like to thank "Take the Lead" for the assistance they provided us while battling Sarcoma Cancer. Blue Cross & Blue Shield is one of the highest rated insurance companies that any family can have for medical coverage. We thought that it along with Medicare we would never be in need of any other assistance. We were wrong! As my recovery went slower and slower, we knew we
would never be able to afford the costs of the Rehabilitation Hospital that was necessary for my possibility of ever walking again. Take the Lead provided the funds to supplement our dwindling insurance caps and kept me in the Rehabilitation Hospital. Through their generosity I can now walk short distances without assistance and expect a full recovery eventually. Thank you Take the Lead for the service your organization provides for the people who love dogs.
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.


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.