Nominate a Heroic Dog for an AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence

Nominate a Heroic Dog for an AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine ExcellenceImage

(K9 Kirby, winner of a 2012 ACE in the Law Enforcement category)

Heroes may not necessarily lend a helping hand – for some heroes, it’s a paw! To celebrate the life-changing and important ways that dogs impact our lives, the AKC Humane FundSM is once again seeking nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).  ACE nominations are open to all dogs. The submission deadline is June 1, 2013.

The American Kennel Club will present an Award for Canine Excellence in each of the following six categories: Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy and Service. The dog’s heroic acts can be large or seemingly small, but must have significantly benefited a community or individual. Honorable Mentions are awarded to outstanding entries in each category.

 Each of the five honorees will receive an engraved sterling silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Fla., to be honored at the 13th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December 2013. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to a pet-related charity. The names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE plaque that is on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC’s headquarters in New York City.

Dogs receiving honorable mention will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion and all entrants will receive an ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form.  Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2013 must include:

  • A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos must be larger than 1MB in size. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
  • A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
  • Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
  • Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.

Nominations will be accepted by mail or email until June 1, 2013 and should be sent to:

 Taleen Terjanian: ACE Awards 2013

The AKC Humane Fund

260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10016

For more information about the ACE awards or to download a nomination form visit or