To aid in research for canine epilepsy and to transform the lives of dog and dog-owners alike.
The feeling of helplessness. The mile-long feat to hold tears back. The hope that it will end soon. This state of mind describes the situation when a dog has a seizure. It was several years when my dog, Prince, and I, Kyle Felter, experienced an incident quite like the one above. You always want the "best" for your dog who is a family member to you, but in that moment, your mind does not know what constitutes the word “best” any longer whether canine or human. As a 12-year old, I did not understand why something that caused a family to suffer so much had to occur in the first place. Fortunately, my dog’s liveliness was released out of that temporary condition and I thought that was the end of it. I was wrong. The same incident happened again the next month and then the next. My dog was found to have a case of idiopathic epilepsy, the most common canine seizure disorder. In fact, epilepsy occurs in 0.5%- 5.7% of all dogs. With currently 73 million pet-owned dogs, that means nearly 4,162,000 dogs have this disorder and countless owners go through what I did on those life-changing nights. Surprisingly, my research found that epilepsy in dogs does not have many research resources available except for a given few. In contrast, if one was to search for issues with worldwide attention like animal cruelty, there would be hundreds upon thousands of such organizations. With this knowledge now at the age of 16, my epiphany for Bark Off Epilepsy came to life. In the absence of widespread coverage, yet the presence of endless opportunity, the time to be that needed spark for advancements in canine epileptic research and to increase comfort for our county's dogs is now. This all starts with you today!
100% of your donation goes towards the cause.
1. 50% of your donation will go towards the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation Epilepsy Research Initiative.
2. 50% of your donation will be utilized for regular donations of pet supplies, such as toys and food, to local dog shelters due to the severe underfunding of such institutions.