Organizing a State Federation of Dog Clubs

Today, dog owners and breeders are being challenged as never before by the introduction of legislation that could change our way of life. The AKC Government Relations (GR) Department is committed to fighting unreasonable canine legislation wherever it occurs, but our assistance cannot take the place of your involvement in dog issues at the local and state level. The GR Department works with its state federations of dog clubs and provides back up to fight bad dog laws and support positive measures that teach the public about responsible dog ownership and care. As constituents, state federations and their members have a powerful voice in addressing legislation that will directly impact them. Federations are the ground soldiers in the state-level battles on topics such as unfair breeder regulations, limit laws, breed-specific legislation and mandatory spay-neuter laws. When united, the voice of responsible dog owners can be a powerful political tool.

If your state doesn't have an AKC federation, please consider organizing one. It's easy to do. Here are some resources to learn more.

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AKC Dog Clubs and Other Allied Groups

The AKC encourages dog owners and breeders to work together on legislative issues. To facilitate these efforts, many clubs and individuals who are interested in protecting and promoting the world of purebred dogs form state and local federations, coalitions, or alliances. The following are current contacts listed by state.

Alabama Canine Coalition
Baba Monk, President, 334-567-0673, Info@alabamacaninecoalition.org

Grover Jameson, 479-965-2078, Ark.STEPP@ymail.com

California Federation of Dog Clubs
Judythe Coffman, President, 661-256-6743, judy@cfodconline.org
Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs
Joan Gibson Reid, 916-689-1661, jgrcorgis@comcast.net
The Animal Council
Sharon Coleman, 650-692-0126, TheAnimalCouncil@aol.com

Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs
Linda Hart, 303-842-1033, Kharahs@comcast.net

Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners, Inc.
Mabel M. Diamond, 860-251-5931, mmdiamond@charter.net

Delaware Dog Owners Association
David Lawson, 302-632-3848, info@delawaredogs.org

Florida Association of Kennel Clubs
Leah James, Presleah@aol.com

Georgia Canine Coalition
Gail LaBerge, 770-271-7246, OUTLAND@laberge.org

Pacific Pet Alliance
Lynn Muramaru, President, 808-542-9581
Charlee Abrams, Secretary, 808-742-9537

Idaho Dog Coalition
Wyoma Clouss, 208-345-5197, info@idahodogcoalition.org

Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners
Steve Hayden, President, hybrk1@comcast.net
Michele Kasten, Vice President, schipnut58@yahoo.com

Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance
Carole Creech, 317-340-1926
Gwen Chaney, 317-509-3559, INPurebredDogs@yahoo.com

Kansas Federation of Dog Clubs
Patricia Deshler, wichitapudel@aol.com
Lori Neer, agilitydog@twinvalley.net

Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners
Perry N. Moore, (207) 288-3943, perrynm@hotmail.com

Maryland Dog Federation
Adrianne Lefkowitz, 301-693-2256, marylanddogfederation@yahoo.com

Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners

Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs
Bob Darden, bobkdarden@hotmail.com, 734-476-1791
Kim Cochran, 810-984-1977, mythicalaussies@comcast.net
Protect MI Dogs
Karen Palmer, Secretary, info@protectmidogs.org

Mississippi Canine Coalition
Leah Harris, lmharris562003@yahoo.com
Linda Chance, Legislative Chair, lhasasbychance@yahoo.com

Missouri Federation of Animal Owners
Karen Strange, 573-480-2389, kjeeper@yhti.net

New Hampshire
Dog Owners of the Granite State
Elin Phinizy, dogs.nh@gmail.com

New Jersey
New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs
Linda Deutsch, Legislative Chairperson, 908-996-4009, taadeutsch@yahoo.com
Jeffrey Ball, President, 201-689-1323, jeffbetsyball@yahoo.com

New York
Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York
Ann Lettis, 917-603-5358, annlettis2001@gmail.com, ann.lettis@friedfrank.com
Associated Dog Clubs of New York State, Inc.
Jeannette O'Hanlon, Johanlon@msn.com

North Carolina
North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs
Steve Wallis, 919-782-2558, wallissm@bellsouth.net

Ohio Valley Dog Owners
Norma Woolf, 513-932-3176, ovdogo@canismajor.com

Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance
Denise Travis, 405-818-5666, Dogdoc88@flash.net

National Animal Interest Alliance
Patti Strand, 503-761-1139, NAIA@naiaonline.org

Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs
Darin Cox, President, President@PAFederationofDogClubs.org
Bettina Sterling, Secretary, Secretary@PAFederationofDogClubs.org

South Carolina
South Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs
Linda Witouski, 570-527-6135, dropfred13@aol.com

Tennessee Federation of Dog Clubs
Thomas Wright, tomjo43@aol.com

Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Mary Beth Duerler, 210-822-6763, rpoa@texas.net

Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs
Deborah Brown, 802-734-6818, nllabs@together.net

Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs & Breeders
Mariane Herndon, marianer@verizon.net
Sharyn Hutchens, sharyn@timbreblue.com
Alice Harrington, aharrington4832@verizon.net

Dog Federation of Wisconsin