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

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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

1993

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.

1994

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.

1995

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

Testimonials

A few words from those we have impacted

At the age of 39 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and was in stage 4. The shock and devastation of finding out I had cancer and then the thought of not being able to work sunk in. It was suggested by 2 dear friends that I reach out for help from Take the Lead.....the relief of knowing my bills for daily living were not going to be a burden on me and I can't thank Take the Lead enough for the help and assistance they gave me at a time of unexpected need. Cancer free now and the love of pure bred dogs still runs through my blood and I thank everyone for supporting this wonderful organization.
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.
Because of 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.
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.

Awards

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.