What's New From AKC Government Relations

This month’s Taking Command focuses on issues and policy that impact canine health. A recent article by Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President Government Relations, discussed serious challenges that result from foreign dogs that enter rescue distribution channels from countries that are not subject to the health and welfare laws of the U.S. These imported dogs may arrive carrying infectious diseases that are a threat to the health and safety of our dogs, other animals, and humans. This article was originally published on Foxnews.com 

Emerging veterinary research reveals certain detrimental health conditions may be associated with spay/neuter. The American Veterinary Medical Association has provided an online resource—Elective Spaying and Neutering of Pets—to help veterinarians re-examine the medical and societal risks and benefits of individual pet sterilization.This resource also restates that the AVMA does not support regulations or legislation mandating spay-neuter of privately owned, non-shelter dogs and cats.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the agency that administers the Animal Welfare Act, has released a bulletin that provides definitions of terminology used in USDA inspection reports. These definitions will help distinguish between inspection issues that impact the safety and health of dogs and issues that do not directly affect an animal.

The AKC Government Relations team hosted a booth at AKC’s flagship Responsible Dog Ownership Day (RDO Day) on September 17 in Raleigh, NC. GR Staff answered questions about canine legislation and provided information on the great things that the AKC, its clubs and affiliates do for all dogs and dog owners. AKC clubs across the U.S. host hundreds of RDO Days each fall to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets

The November 8 general election is just five weeks away. Every dog advocate is urged to take a moment to review ideas for identifying dog-friendly candidates and steps you can take to make your vote count.