Taking Command
April 2014
Tracy Sanderson of the Greater Ocala Dog Club and the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club Honored with AKC Community Achievement Awards
The American Kennel Club recently announced that the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club and Tracy Sanderson of the Greater Ocala Dog Club have been honored with AKC Community Achievement Awards for the first quarter of 2014.

Check Out the AKC Dog Lover’s Blog
In 2013, the American Kennel Club launched “AKC Dog Lovers”, the official blog of the AKC. Some recent blog posts from AKC Government relations are featured below.

Wondering how your club can get started in social media? Here’s a helpful PowerPoint that outlines the basics behind social media.
Being a Good Neighbor:
AKC and AKC Reunite Help Local Shelters Help Lost Pets
On April 4, 2014, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and AKC ReuniteSM demonstrated one of the many ways we support dog owners and the community with the gift of a new universal microchip scanner to Granville County North Carolina Animal Control and Shelter.

North Carolina Senator Floyd B. McKissick presented the universal microchip scanner to the shelter’s Chief Animal Control Officer, Cathy Hartley. “The simple act of scanning a lost pet for a microchip helps animal shelters return lost pets to their owners,” said McKissick. “AKC’s support of this new law and AKC Reunite’s donation of scanners shows how we can work together as a community to address animal issues.”

The event highlighted 2013 legislation (SB 626), supported by AKC and sponsored by North Carolina Senators McKissick, Brent Jackson and others, that requires North Carolina shelters with access to microchip scanners to scan impounded animals for information to help locate a lost pet’s owner. The legislation also moved shelter oversight to the State’s Animal Welfare Act, and allows animal control and law enforcement officers to rescue pets in distress in hot cars.

As part of this legislative initiative to protect NC pets, AKC and AKC Reunite pledged to donate 20 new universal microchip scanners to public shelters in NC needing this equipment. For more information about this program contact AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org or AKC Reunite at microchip@akcreunite.org.

An earlier version of this article appeared in the “AKC Dog Lovers” blog on April 10, 2014.
Recognizing Our K9 Veterans
K9 VeteranState legislators across the country are stepping up to recognize the canine heroes among us. This issue is near and dear to the American Kennel Club as AKC dog owners were instrumental in forming a civilian organization called Dogs for Defense in 1942 with the intent to train dogs as sentries for supply depots along the coasts. After hearing of these efforts, a pilot program was officially approved by the US Army in March of 1942 and dog training centers were opened across the country. We are pleased to see recognition coming to these valiant and heroic dogs.

Invite Local and State Lawmakers to Your Dog Event

Recently, AKC GR invited local lawmakers to the Tarheel Cluster of dog shows in Raleigh, North Carolina so they could see first-hand what we already knowthat shows encourage and celebrate excellence in breeding and the joys and responsibility of dog ownership.

In addition, AKC Canine PartnersSM hosted My Dog Can Do That! in conjunction with the Tarheel shows. This event encourages the public to try out some agility obstacles with their dogs and receive free, one-on-one assistance from an experienced trainer.

Guests from the North Carolina General Assembly who came to the Tarheel event this year enjoyed taking their dogs through My Dog Can Do That! and participating in a tour of the dog show. They also watched and cheered on their favorite breeds, learned about responsible dog ownership and dog laws, walked through the grooming areas, and got to see first-hand the love, care, and dedication the exhibitors, groomers, handlers, and trainers have for their dogs.

Do you have a dog event coming up in your area? If so, consider inviting local and state lawmakers to attend! Contact AKC GR at doglaw@akc.org for suggestions and assistance in reaching out to your legislators and educating them about responsible dog ownership!

An earlier version of this article appeared in the “AKC Dog Lovers” blog on March 27, 2014.

Legislative Information and Updates
More than a thousand dog-related laws are introduced each year at the federal, state, and local levels — measures that may have significant impact on dog owners. Click on the links below to view highlights of issues being tracked by AKC Government Relations.

Federal — issues that may affect all dog owners in the US
State — issues specific to your state
Local — issues at the city and county levels

Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for more information or to let us know what’s happening in your local community.
Meet the AKC GR Team — Phil Guidry
This month, we highlight Phil Guidry. As the Government Relations Department's Senior Policy Analyst, Phil evaluates proposed legislation and regulations for content, context, and intent, and provides reasoned guidance regarding their potential impact on the AKC and the purebred dog community.

Click here to learn more about Phil and other members of the AKC GR team.
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