The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE)


Nominations closed for 2014.

The American Kennel Club took action by creating The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). This special award expresses our time-honored respect for the extraordinary canine-human bond, as well as our appreciation for the innumerable ways in which dogs meaningfully contribute to our lives.

It was in 2000 when the first ACE award was presented and each year thereafter, five loyal, hard-working dogs are commemorated for making significant contributions to an individual or their communities.


One award is given in each of the following five categories:

  • Uniformed Service K-9 (Dogs certified to help law enforcement, military or firefighting personnel in their work)
  • Search and Rescue Dog (Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people)
  • Therapy Dog (Dogs providing affection and comfort to those in need)
  • Service Dog (Dogs certified to help those with disabilities)
  • Exemplary Companion (Non-certified, household pet)


Each of the ACE recipients will receive:

  • An all-expense paid trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL in Dec. 2014
  • $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of the winner's choice
  • An engraved sterling silver medallion presented at a special ACE ceremony at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
  • A one-year AKC Pet Insurance policy provided by PetPartners.


To qualify, the dog must have performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small, that has significantly benefited a community or individual. All entrants will receive an AKC Humane Fund ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination. Dogs receiving honorable mention will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion. The names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE plaque that is on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC's headquarters in New York City.

2014 Honorees