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Rupert’s Fund was created to help critical research into the painful neurological condition Syringomyelia, which affects Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and some other breeds. The Fund pays for MRI scans for older Cavaliers, helping breeders to choose the healthiest dogs to breed from. The MRIs also help with research to find the genes responsible for causing the problems.
To date over £17,000 has been raised enabling 57 dogs to be MRI scanned – the money is raised in various ways:
Sales from the on-line Cavalier Gift shop – the Cavalier Matters stand goes to Crufts and Discover dogs
The sale of calendars. An annual photo competition is run on the Cavalier Talk forum to select the photos. Some of our photos have been featured on these calendars.Auctions and stalls at local craft sales and dog shows.
|The Cavalier Talk forum was founded in 2005 by Karlin Lillington [a tech journalist and columnist, and Cavalier lover!]. It's aim to help and support members on health issues, training, finding puppies, raising awareness of puppy farming and to support the rescue and re-homing of Cavaliers. The forum currently has over 6,100 members from many countries across the world.|
|Cavalier Matters is a registered charity which, through its website, leaflets and stands at shows raises awareness of health issues, gives advice to potential and existing Cavalier owners, and sells wonderful goodies – many of which are created especially for the charity. These sales support Rupert’s Fund, Irish Cavalier Rescue and The Syringomyelia Cavalier Collection Scheme http://www.veterinary-neurologist.co.uk/Syringomyelia/Collection_scheme/|
For some great gifts the Cavalier Gift Shop is a must for a visit.