Summer 2017, the Boykin Spaniel Society (BSS) and the Boykin Spaniel Foundation (BSF) celebrated their 40th and 20th anniversaries, respectively. In recent magazines, and reproduced on the BSS website, Founder Kitty Beard and others have written about the journey to begin the BSS, the registry for Boykin spaniels, and the group’s effort to have the Boykin recognized as the state dog of South Carolina.
The idea to create a charitable foundation was the result of Jack Willits, a BSS Board member’s simple question, “How can I donate funds to support health research and education about the inherited diseases in the Boykin spaniel and deduct my contribution on my taxes?” Creating a dog breed specific foundation was and is today a novel idea that has succeeded beyond measure.
April 1996, a committee was formed consisting of Edward Eatmon, Jack Willits, Lee Clark, and Marvin Blount. They were tasked with investigating the tax exempt and non-profit status of the Boykin Spaniel Society. In July 1996 the attorney working with the committee advised creating a wholly owned subsidiary organization that would qualify as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit to conduct scientific research for the purpose of curing diseases specifically found in the Boykin spaniel breed. November 1996, the Boykin Spaniel Foundation was recognized by the South Carolina Secretary of State as a non-profit organization and in February 1997, the Boykin Spaniel Foundation was approved by the Department of Treasury as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
The mission of the Foundation is to “further by clinical study, laboratory and genetic research, and publication the knowledge of chronic diseases in Boykin spaniels and other canines and the application of such knowledge to the prevention of and treatment of these diseases”. In later years the Foundation has sponsored genetic testing to add to the knowledge of potential inherited disease is the Boykin such as Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC),Degenerative Myelopathy(DM), andCollie Eye Anomaly(CEA) and make recommendations as to the genetic testing which should be performed on all dogs selected for breeding.
The future health of the Boykin Spaniel is in each of our hands so please consider doing your part and testing your Boykin for the inherited diseases.
Boykin Spaniel Foundation
Below is a chart of the Inherited Diseases of the Boykin Spaniel Breed. This is a guideline for what to test, when to test and where to test. The Foundation reimburses current BSS members for a portion of the costs of these test and is listed in the far right column.
Nags Head, NC
Dr. Fred J. Wright, DVM
Dr. Carter Bryars
Boiling Springs, SC
The Boykin Spaniel Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) and charitable contributions are 100% tax deductible and all monies go to improving the Boykin spaniel breed. Donations are used to fund free heart and eye certification clinics, reduced cost DNA clinics and reimbursements to the Boykin Spaniel Society membership for performing the recommended health tests for inherited diseases.
To donate you can mail a check to:
Boykin Spaniel Foundation
PO Box 2047
Camden, SC 29020
of send money through Pay Pal www.paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Boykin Spaniel Society office at 803-425-1032 and donate using a credit card. Funding for clinics and other programs are always needed and always thankfully accepted.
Donations made in memory of a friend or loved one or a special four legged companion are always acknowledged with a note of gratitude to the donor and memorial's family.
The future of the Boykin spaniel is in each of our hands so please consider donating to the Boykin Spaniel Foundation. It is the hope of the Boykin Spaniel Foundation that we will continue the improving trend in reducing the level of all inherited diseases.