The Awards for Canine Excellence are an annual celebration of canine heroes who inspire us. Five loyal and hard-working dogs are recognized each year for the help and support they have provided in their communities. The ACE was established by our sister organization, the AKC Humane Fund to honor dogs who help law enforcement, military, emergency first responders, search and rescue, therapy and service dogs and a special category to recognize household pets. Nominate the next award-winning hero today, entries close on July 1st, 2015.
To qualify for the award, dogs must have performed an outstanding or exemplary act that has had a big impact on their community or benefitted an individual. To be nominated dogs do not need to be registered with the AKC. Anyone can submit a dog for consideration however we do need to contact the owner for permission to tell the story.
The five winners this year will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL in December this year.$1,000 will be donated to their chosen pet-related charity. Also included is 12 months pet insurance policy from Pet Partners, Inc. The winners will also be presented with an engraved sterling silver medallion at a special ACE ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Each year there are a number of dogs who receive an honorable mention and this is recognized with an engraved bronze medallion. Additionally all entrants will receive an AKC Humane Fund ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination.
You can find out what some dogs have done to win ACE awards in previous years here.
The full five ACE categories are:
- Uniformed Service K-9, dogs that are certified to help law enforcement, military or firefighting personnel in their work.
- Search and Rescue Dog (Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people)
- Therapy Dog (Dogs certified to provide affection and comfort to those in need)
- Service Dog (Dogs certified to help those with disabilities)
- Exemplary Companion (Non-certified, household pet)