July 10, 2012

Voice your support for responsible small breeders! The American Kennel Club's Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders petition has more than 48,000 signatures! Help us reach 50,000 voices strong today!

We are just days away from the end of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) new proposed regulations which would create harsh and unintended consequences for responsible small and hobby breeders in this country.

A big "Thank You" to all who signed AKC's petition and sent comments to USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service

If you have not yet done so, please join us in supporting responsible breeders and giving the American public access to acquiring happy, healthy puppies by signing AKC's petition and sending comments to USDA/APHIS before August 15th.

How to Sign AKC's Petition:
Visit www.akc.org/petition and click "Sign Here Now!"

How to Send Comments to the USDA/APHIS:
Learn how at the AKC Government Relations USDA/APHIS Resource Page here

The AKC recommends that you share your concerns directly through the USDA/APHIS comment site. Respectful, constructive comments that clearly outline your own concerns, experiences, insights and any alternative recommendations are the most effective way to impact the policy of the proposed rule. These concerns will be read by USDA/APHIS as it considers how to proceed. Comments will be public. Comments should be submitted to the USDA/APHIS directly, either:

Post Comments Online here

Or Mail Comments to:
Docket No. APHIS-2011-0003-2011-0003
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road, Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

This resource page will help you understand what the proposed regulations mean to you, how to submit a comment to USDA/APHIS, and tips on how to prepare your comments before August 15th.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the petition or the proposed rule change, please contact our Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.

Alan Kalter
Alan Kalter
Chairman of the Board
American Kennel Club