The purpose of Richard's Fund is simple: To honor the memory of Richard Stitt, his love for dogs (especially his beloved border collies), and the rescue work he did through his life.  We do this by providing medical funding for border collies in need, in order to save their life or significantly improve their lives. 

Richard's beloved Gus is a Mo-Kan alum who was born with a heart condition.  Gus received life-saving medical care after donations were gathered from Mo-Kan supporters to pay for heart surgery.  The surgery was performed at MU Veterinary Health Center, and Gus is now healthy, happy, and loved like crazy.

To honor Richard's memory, the fund now exists to help produce the same wonderful outcome for other dogs in need.  The fund receives support from Richard's estate and from donations from Mo-Kan supporters: Every dollar that is donated to Richard's Fund is matched, dollar for dollar, by Richard's estate, up to $10,000 annually. 

 A candidate for fund support is:

 - A dog needing rescue but expected to have medical costs that may be beyond what the rescue could otherwise provide for.
- A dog already in rescue that develops a medical issue with anticipated exorbitant medical costs.

Please consider helping us to help more dogs in need, so they can live their lives happy, healthy, and loved.  Richard thanks you, and so do we.

If you would like to donate to Richard's Fund, please use this Paypal donate button or if you wish to send a check please email for instructions.



Mo-Kan Dogs who have had their medical expenses funded by Richard's Fund

Paige - 2022

Paige joined us from an overcrowded shelter in MO. Happy and seemingly healthy, she was thriving in her foster home. Suddenly, she became acutely ill with neurologic symptoms and went to the vet urgently. She is receiving treatment, though a definite diagnosis is yet to be made. She will be seeing a neurologist and likely require an MRI. We will do whatever is necessary for this sweet girl.

Update 12/2022 

Paige was discharged from Iowa State Hospital on December 20th. She had a full evaluation, including bloodwork, chest x-ray, MRI scan of her brain, lumbar puncture, internal medicine, and neurology consultation.

No tumor was found and no signs of infection. We are still waiting on the neurology consultation from University of Wisconsin. At this time, Paige is doing better with improved balance, decreased dizziness, and vomiting. She’s back home with her amazing foster mom.

Our bill for Paige’s evaluation is over $4000. Richard’s Fund has provided the funding for Paige.  Thank you to all that contributed to the fund!