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PAL: ILP Program Sports New Name, Additional Benefits
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Luke, a Border Collie, competes in Agility.

Earlier this month, the AKC announced the enhancement and renaming of its Indefinite Listing Privilege (ILP) program. The new name – Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program, takes effect Feb. 1, 2008.

The new name more accurately describes the purpose of the program: to allow dogs that are ineligible for registration but are distinguishable as a member of a AKC-registrable breed to participate in AKC Companion Events, AKC Performance Events and AKC Juniors competition.

The ILP/PAL program is designed to address the various reasons a purebred dog might not be eligible for registration: the dog may be from an unregistered litter or have unregistered parents; papers may have been withheld or lost by its owner; or the dog may have been surrendered, lost or abandoned, then adopted by a new owner.

PAL enrollees will receive a copy of AKC Family Dog Magazine, a subscription to AKC’s e-newsletter, “Your AKC,” a flier from the breed’s Parent Club and an attractive certificate denoting their dog’s place in the PAL program. Also included will be information on AKC Pet Healthcare and AKC Companion Animal Recovery enrollment.

“We currently enroll over 3,000 dogs per year in the ILP/PAL program. It is our hope that we can expand this number and the overall appeal of the program by offering added benefits and renaming the program with this more creative and friendly acronym,” said Assistant Vice President of Customer Service Mari-Beth O’Neill. “Welcoming more ILP/PAL dogs to the world of AKC events and privileges can only benefit both dogs and owners by providing educational resources and also exposing them to the joys of competing with your dog.”

Dogs that currently have ILP numbers will retain their original numbers and continue to enter events under those numbers. PAL numbers will be issued beginning Feb. 1, 2008.

Visit this page for more information about ILP/PAL.