Government Relations

The Ulster County Legislature has decided to not proceed with a vote on an ordinance that would have regulated breeders and imposed kennel requirements that were not in the best interest of dogs. The AKC was pleased to assist the efforts of local clubs and hobbyists who worked tirelessly to educate the legislature on the many problems with the proposal and the importance of supporting responsible dog owners and breeders.

Officials in Kansas City, Missouri, are seeking input from residents on what they think could improve the city’s animal control laws. The city has set up a website with a message board to comment on things that are working in the law, and constructive suggestions for changes. This is a great opportunity for those who reside or who actively participate in events in Kansas City to educate the city and provide input on the many provisions in current law,

Dog lovers all over the US have reason to celebrate news from the NAIA, which reported recently that the number of dogs entering US shelters has dropped significantly over the past few decades to new lows. Digging deeper into the matter, NAIA also learned that only about three percent of dogs in our country’s shelters are purebreds.

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