DOGNY Statue in Raleigh

The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced today that a solid bronze DOGNY sculpture has been placed in the lobby of the AKC's Raleigh, North Carolina operations facility. This is one of five Bronze Sculptures honoring the AKC's leadership in saluting search and rescue organizations throughout our nation. The statue will serve as a permanent tribute to America's search and rescue dog organizations and joins two fiberglass DOGNY sculptures: "With the Heart to Serve Mankind," donated by The German Shepherd Dog Club of America and "Let Freedom Ring," contributed by AKC-Companion Animal Recovery (CAR).

The bronze is part of The American Kennel Club"s (AKC) charitable public-art initiative called "DOGNY: America"s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs." The DOGNY program was created as a public art project and fundraiser to honor the canine search and rescue dog and handler teams who were called to serve following the September 11 tragedies. DOGNY provides financial resources for professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations across America through AKC-CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund. Over 100 life-size German Shepherd Dog sculptures were created as part of the program.

The Meisner Gallery, the fabricator of the bronze, has served the fine art community for over twenty years. The bronze foundry, Elliot Gantz & Company Inc. (formally Joel Meisner & Co.), is best known for its bronze casting of Frederic Hart's sculpture, "Three Servicemen" (also referred to as "Three Fighting Men" or "Three Infantrymen") for The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The foundry has created monuments around the world and has also done repair work on bronzes for municipalities including New York City"s Parks Department.

DOGNY sculptor Robert L. Braun has created works for The Museum of Scotland, The British Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Science Taiwan. Mr. Braun used champion German Shepherd Dogs as models for the DOGNY dog represented in fiberglass and solid bronze.

DOGNY continues its quest to support canine search and rescue organizations through fundraising efforts throughout the year. To date, DOGNY has raised over $2.4 million.