AKC GR Booth Is a Must-See at the National Conference of State Legislatures

The fact-filled AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) table was once again one of the most popular stops at the 2015 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), held this year in Seattle, Washington. Melissa Ferrell, GR Research Coordinator, and Jennifer Clark, Canine Legislation Manager, met and provided information to legislators and staff from nearly every state.

AKC GR has been a part of this annual event for 19 years and is regarded as one of the most popular booths at the conference. Many lawmakers stopped by to discuss specific legislative questions and to get AKC’s insights and input on issues affecting dog owners. Others shared their dogs’ photos and stories, and one representative proudly talked about his new litter of Cocker Spaniel puppies.

AKC GR received comments from numerous legislators and legislative staffers about how much they appreciate AKC’s pro-dog messaging and common-sense solutions. Several expressed their appreciation for the respectful manner in which AKC and its customers contact them when there are concerns about legislation, and the effective way AKC’s positions are explained and better solutions are offered.  

Attendance at NCSL allows AKC GR to connect with like-minded organizations and discuss ways to work together to protect the right to humanely own, exhibit, breed and train our animals. “We renew existing relationships, meet new allies from regional and national groups, and collaborate on shared interests and issues,” said Jennifer Clark.

“The NCSL conference provides a great opportunity every year to meet face-to-face with legislators, legislative staff, and other organizations and share our message of the importance of protecting purebred dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership and breeding,” said Sheila Goffe, Director of AKC Government Relations. “We are proud to have gained the reputation of providing positive, reasoned solutions for canine legislation.”