AKC Community Achievement Award to Highlight AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

$1,000 Presented to AKC Affiliated Clubs Hosting Exceptional AKC RDO Day Events

The American Kennel Club announced that the fourth quarter Community Achievement Awards will solely honor AKC clubs holding exceptional AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day (AKC RDO Day) events in September 2006. AKC RDO Day aims to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets.

For the fourth quarter only, any AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members who host an AKC RDO Day event in their community are eligible for nomination. Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. Award recipients will receive a certificate and a check for $1,000 payable to the club or federation's public education and canine legislation efforts.

The Wilmington Kennel Club booth at RDO Day.

All AKC-affiliated dog clubs are encouraged to participate in AKC RDO Day by holding public events in their communities anytime during the month of September. Last year, more than 350 local events were held around the country with activities such as microchipping, "AKC Meet the Breeds", "Safety around Dogs for Kids" presentations, AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing and agility, training, therapy and police k-9 demonstrations.

The AKC Community Achievement Awards have traditionally honored those who have successfully promoted purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

The deadline for entry is October 31, 2006. Winners will be announced at the Delegates meeting immediately following the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif. on December 5, 2006. Along with a nomination form, a picture of the AKC RDO Day event with club members must be submitted. Self-nominations are permitted. For more information and to download the entry form visit our Community Achievement Award section.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous years' events, please visit our AKC RDO Day section.