The Portuguese Water Dog Foundation
"In 1997, a small community of Portuguese Water Dog enthusiasts joined together and dedicated their time, money, hard work, and hearts to building a healthier future for Portuguese Water Dogs (PWDs). From their collaborative efforts, the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation was formed for the sole purpose of supporting research to improve the health of the breed in not only breed specific diseases but also diseases like the various cancers and viral diseases that affect the general canine population including PWDs.
In 1998, the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit corporation and in 2000, the Foundation was granted status by the IRS to act as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. This tax status means all donations made to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
The Portuguese Water Dog Foundation is a permanent and separate entity that was established for the sole purpose of supporting health research for the benefit of the Portuguese Water Dog. The Foundation followed the lead of many other breed specific groups, which have established Foundations that are separate entities successfully supporting research for the health of their specific breed. While the Foundation is not affiliated with the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America, we do share a common goal – the health of the breed.
All Officers and Board members of the Foundation serve as unpaid volunteers."