The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc. (CFDC) is the third quarter 2011 recipient of the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.
Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the "Bebout Award” recognizes those federations and owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Winners of the Bebout award receive a $1,000 donation to help offset the costs associated with their organization’s legislative efforts.
The Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs was organized to encourage and promote the welfare of dogs and to protect the interests, rights and wellbeing of responsible dog owners and breeders in Colorado. Since its founding in 2000, the CFDC has played an active role in educating legislators and dog owners about responsible dog ownership and dog owners’ rights. Some of the federation’s many outstanding accomplishments include:
Among its successes, the CFDC helped defeat a 2008 state bill that would have restricted breeding and limited dog ownership and a 2011 bill that would have removed due process rights for individuals accused of animal cruelty. The federation is currently working to repeal breed-specific bans in Denver and surrounding communities and to fight new breed-specific proposals elsewhere.
“AKC’s Colorado federation and Legislative Liaison Linda Hart have made a tremendous difference in protecting the rights of responsible dog owners in Colorado. Between their work to repeal BSL in communities like Denver and Aurora, protecting the rights of responsible dog owners at the state level, and even helping out their neighbors in Wyoming, this group is a great example of how federations and kennel clubs really do make a positive difference in the lives of the dog-owning public. I’m honored to work with this dedicated group,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC’s Director of Government Relations.