Welcome to the Siberian Husky Club of America Trust. We hope that you will spend a little time browsing our site. Whether you are a breed enthusiast or just learning about Siberians, we hope you will find it informative.

The mission of the SHCA Trust is to collect and distribute funds to aid the
Siberian Husky breed in the areas of education, rescue, and health.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of all Siberians.

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NEWS RELEASE: March 07, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Siberian Husky de novo Genome Assembly Project Progress Report:  In May of 2021, the SHCA Trust fully funded a project at the University of Wisconsin to sequence the Siberian Husky genome.  Here is the current status of the project.

The Research Team reports that they identified a 12-year-old AKC-registered female Siberian Husky with no clinical evidence of heritable disease to provide a blood sample from which to extract high quality DNA.  As hoped, they were able to extract very high quality, high molecular weight (i.e., unbroken) DNA from this Siberian for use in the study.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Researchers experienced a series of delays which impacted their work on campus and with its next-generation sequencing facility.

In February, the Project Lead reported that they have finally completed the long-read sequencing (Pac Bio) component of the project. And, in a parallel effort, the deep sequencing (Illumina) is currently in process and will provide exceptionally deep coverage of the Siberian Husky genome.  Finally, a blood sample is being submitted to a partner for optical mapping.  All three of these activities:  long read sequencing, deep sequencing, and optical mapping, are components of sequencing or mapping the length, breadth, and depth of the complete genome.  And, the new technology available at the University of Wisconsin will provide the Siberian genome information at a very detailed level.

Despite initial delays, the project is on track to have Siberian Husky-specific reference genome assembly completed, and ready for application in other genomic studies, by late summer 2022, if not sooner.  Any and all genomic data from this project will be published and made publicly freely available.

This Siberian genome will deliver a roadmap for the further study of breed-specific diseases (such as cataracts, cancer, and others), enable the identification of genetic markers for disease detection, and open up possibilities for future disease treatments.  Additionally, since the Siberian is relatively unmarred by human intervention and breeding for recessive traits, it is considered by researchers to be a clean breed associated with past generations and can therefore be useful to researchers studying diseases found in many breeds. 

This is by far the most important and far-reaching project the Trust has funded to date, only possible thanks to donations, gifts, and fund-raising efforts.  This project is only the beginning.  If you want to participate in future research, please visit our website to review donation options.  Thank you.

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Without the support and donations of Siberian lovers, like you, we would not be able to help so many of our breed in need.
Thanks to you all for your support!

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About the SHCA Trust
Established in 2005, the Siberian Husky Club of America Trust is dedicated to improve the lives of Siberian Huskies in the US through charitable work in the areas of Education, Health, and Rescue.  Through fundraising and donations, the Trust provides grants to be used for health and genetic research, to provide educational materials, and to help with local rescue efforts benefitting the Siberian Husky around the Country.  Organized as an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity,completely separate from the SHCA, donations to the SHCA Trust may be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law; please consult your tax advisor for details. 

 

Partnering with the SHCA Trust for fund raising and grant funding provides the following benefits:

  • Tax deductibility of donations:  Because the Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donations may be tax deductible, which is not the case for donations to other types of non-profit organizations, such as SHCA, Inc.  The Trust also provides receipts of your donation for tax purposes.  (Please consult with a tax professional for advice.)
  • Assurance that donations are used as specified:  Because of the Trust’s purpose, as well as our IRS charitable status, we are compelled to do everything we can to assure that all donations are being used for Siberian Huskies.  You can be assured that donations made to the Trust will benefit the Siberian Husky, and that donations made to a special fund, such as the Mass Surrender/Seizure Fund, will be used only for Siberian Huskies in that situation.  Unlike a donation made directly to a shelter which may not be used exclusively for Siberian Huskies, our grant funding process includes oversight on how the donation is used. 
  • Combined donations:  Your donation will be combined with those from other Siberian lovers, so the total grows.  These larger, combined donations can make a more significant impact in the world of the Siberian Husky.
  • Additional funding from the Trust:  When donating to the Trust, your donation is supported by the Trust’s General or special Funds.  Money previously donated or that was the result of prior fund-raising efforts is also used to fund our grants supporting the Siberian Husky in our grants for Health, Education, and Rescue.

 

Donations to the SHCA Trust will be used to support the Siberian Husky in the areas of Health, Education, and Rescue within the United States.  If donating for a specified fund, should donations exceed the immediate need, the donation balance will remain in that fund for future similar needs.


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Last update of this page: 03/07/2022.

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