AKC GR Resources:  Wow, Can I Get a Copy of That?

That was a frequent question by visitors to the AKC Government Relations booth at the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida. We’re glad you asked! The AKC Government Relations (GR) department provides a variety of materials on legislative and regulatory issues that affect dogs and dog owners—available right on the AKC website for you to view, download and print.

Click here for a complete list of resources.

If you need:

  • Data on the positive economic impact of AKC dog shows
  • Issue analyses on hot topics to discuss with your lawmakers
  • Handouts on effective advocacy and public outreach to share at your next club meeting
  • Customizable letters to the editor

It’s all there and more.  And if you’re interested in information on a specific issue, such as the negative effects of mandatory spay/neuter laws, ideas on how to build support for a public dog park and other topics, click here to view GR materials sorted by policy issue. New federal and state bills that affect dog ownership are being drafted and filed as Congress and all 50 state legislatures convene their 2015 sessions.

You can click here to stay up-to-date on dog-related legislation tracked by AKC GR. Pet limit laws, breed bans, and other restrictive legislation are often proposed by local governments, and AKC GR relies on concerned dog owners to let us know when problematic laws are discussed at the city and county levels. We can help you in supporting good proposals that positively impact dogs and opposing problematic and overly-restrictive legislation.

Please contact doglaw@akc.org or call 919-816-3720 to let us know when dog-related laws are discussed in your local community.


Exhibitors and guests at the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship view AKC Government Relations advocacy materials. Photo by Katie Rudolph.