About the Irish Wolfhound Foundation

The Irish Wolfhound Foundation has three areas of focus:

Health

  • By initiating, supporting and providing funding for study and research projects which address health problems affecting the Irish Wolfhound.
  • By creating educational materials relating to diseases, genetic anomalies, and injuries which occur in the Irish Wolfhound for IW owners and veterinary health care providers.

Education

  • By establishing a library of resource materials.
  • By providing educational opportunities for caretakers of the breed and partnering with the IWCA and regional IW organizations for educational events.

Rescue

  • By supporting the rescue efforts of the IWCA, regional IW organizations, and individuals who rehome and care for Irish Wolfhounds in need.

Some Accomplishments

  • The IW Lifetime Cardiac Study - completed and published a definitive study of cardiac health in IWs.
  • The Echocardiogram vs. EKG Study - a study which determined an EKG alone is a sufficient screening tool for cardiac disease in the adult Irish Wolfhound.
  • Osteosarcoma Gene Study - a partnership with the Broad Institute to try and find genetic marker(s) for osteosarcoma in Irish Wolfhounds.
  • Support for Morris Animal Foundation and AKC Canine Health Foundation studies of health conditions affecting Irish Wolfhounds.
  • Support for IW rescue efforts, including the massive rescue of 72 Irish Wolfhounds in Texas in 2014.
  • Sponsorship and subsidized fees for Irish Wolfhound health clinics at IW specialties in the US and Canada.
  • Focus, our biannual educational newsletter
  • Educational Speakers including William Tyrrell, DVM, DACVIM; Janice M. Bright, BSN, DVM, DACVIM; Dr. Nicola Mason, VetMed PhD, DACVIM; Anne Janis, PhD; Petra Jakobs, Ph.D.; William Dernell, MS, DVM, DACVS; Nathan B. Sutter, Ph.D.

Contact the Irish Wolfhound Foundation

President

Doug Marx
aeriedogs@aol.com

Vice President

Frances Abrams
iwfhealth@gmail.com

Secretary

Mary O'Malley
7420 Scarborough St
Springfield, VA 22153-1827
theirishwolfhoundfoundation@gmail.com

Treasurer

David Milne
150 Creek Road
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
wideview@ptd.net

Mariellen Dentino, M.D.
MDwolfhound@aol.com

Eugenia Hunter
ech99@msn.com

Thomas S. Powers
HarrierTom@aol.com

Audrey St. Clair
Thecoopersinn@aol.com

Richard Staudt
mistimourne2@gmail.com

Peter R. Van Brunt
prvb112@comcast.net

Chairman
Mariellen Dentino, MD

Janice M. Bright, BSN, MS, DVM, DACVIM
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Margret Casal, Dr. Med Vet, PhD, Diplomate EUCAR
View Bio

Nathaniel B. Sutter, PhD
View Bio

Alice Timmerman, DVM
View Bio

William D. Tyrrell Jr., DVM, DACVIM
View Bio

Administrative Coordinator
Frances Abrams, PhD
iwfhealth@gmail.com

Health Research Committee
Frances Abrams, PhD
Administrative Coordinator
iwfhealth@gmail.com

Newsletter Committee
Audrey St. Clair
Editor
thecoopersinn@aol.com

Rescue Committee
Jean Minnier
Rescue Coordinator
hminnier@bellatlantic.net

Webmaster
Jeniffer Johnson
offlead@gmail.com