Diane Albers Memorial Disaster Relief Award

AKC Companion Animal Recovery supports and recognizes the outstanding disaster relief and preparedness efforts conducted by AKC-affiliated clubs and their members. We would not be able to offer such local assistance during disasters if not for our hard-working volunteer club members.

Deb Hoff with "Houston,"
"Scout," and "Dillon"

One of the great disaster relief advocates was Diane Albers, AKC Delegate for the Central Florida Kennel Club and President of the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs. Her steadfast determination, tireless advocacy and hard-working dedication to get supplies to help animals went far and wide. Her efforts helped care for animals affected and displaced by natural disasters, especially hurricanes, with widespread and repeated evacuations affecting thousands of pets.

In honor of Diane, and as a tribute to her trailblazing in this arena of disaster preparedness and relief, the AKC CAR is pleased to announce the creation of the Diane Albers Memorial Disaster Relief Award to be known as the "Albers Award."

The inaugural winners of the Albers Award are:

  • June 2009: Deb Hoff and the Fargo-Moorhead Kennel Club

Read more about the efforts of Deb and the club here.

We congratulate and thank them for their efforts in assisting dogs and owners in need in their community!

Nomination Information:

To nominate an individual or club, click here.

The Albers Award will be granted to either an individual of an AKC club or an AKC club. Honorees will receive a plaque and their club will receive from $1,000 to $5,000 to further volunteerism in regards to disaster preparedness and / or relief efforts within their community. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year and awards may be granted once every quarter.