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January / February 2006

Public Education: An Introduction and Overview
The AKC created the Public Education department in the early 1990s when undesirable canine legislation was creeping up across the country.

Particularly startling on the legislative front a decade ago was a 1990 ordinance introduced in San Mateo County, Calif., that required every dog and cat in that county be spayed or neutered. The law created a breeding ban that would exist until no dogs nor cats remained in any county animal shelter. Read the full article.
In the November/December issue, we should have mentioned that Hartz Mountain Corporation is the official sponsor of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program.

The AKC Veterinary Outreach Program unites the world of purebred dogs with the veterinary community through educational initiatives aimed at veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians. The program provides resources in support of veterinary students, practitioners and researchers, creating a forum for the exchange of information about canine health and welfare as well as scholarships for future practitioners and researchers.
Your opinion counts!
All Public Education Coordinators for whom we have e-mail addresses will receive a survey from AKC Public Education within the next five days.

We are conducting the survey to find out what you are doing and how we here in AKC Public Education may best serve your needs. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey.

Thank you! We look forward to learning more about and recognizing your valuable work!
PE Program and Materials Overview
Did you know about all the AKC Public Education resources available to you and your communities? We guarantee a great return on investing a few minutes's time to view the Public Education section of the AKC website. Following we highlight some of the key people and components of AKC Public Education. Read the full article.
AKC Inspections and Investigations: 2005 in Review
As AKC Assistant Vice President of Compliance Tom Sharp and Inspections and Investigations Director Steve Robinson sit in Sharp's office at the AKC NC Operations Center to discuss what the AKC Inspections and Investigations department has accomplished this year, one could expect to see some signs of fatigue.

Instead, excited faces, enthusiastic voices and a contagious sense of pride fill the room on the sunny December morning. Read the full article.
Published for club public education coordinators and others devoted to teaching responsible dog ownership.
Welcome to the first exclusively online issue of the AKC's Public Education Corner newsletter. To those Public Education Coordinators (PECs) who've been accustomed to receiving the printed newsletter via the U.S. Mail, we hope you enjoy our new electronic newsletter. In this first, special mailing, in addition to PECs, we are including all club presidents and secretaries.

Some of the club officers who we've included in a special distribution of this first online edition of the Public Education Corner newsletter may not be able to put your finger exactly on what AKC Public Education is.

The AKC's Guide to Purebred Dogs breed poster, The AKC's Complete Dog Book for Kids, the AKC's Safety Around Dogs DVD and activity booklet, online lesson plans for dog club volunteers and elementary and middle school teachers, loads of reproducible fliers -- plus dozens of other publications and resources -- are all part of and products of AKC Public Education. Read more.

Larry Sorenson, director
(919) 816-3722

Theresa Shea, editor
(919) 816-3710

Joanne Beacon, administrator
(919) 816-3712

AKC Customer Relations
(919) 233-9767
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