New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) announced recently that Bristol,...
New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) announced recently that Bristol, Wisconsin resident Cindy Bundy of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America has been named a recipient of the AKC Community Achievement Award for the extensive public education and therapy dog work she does with her Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Cindy received one of two awards for the first quarter of 2011 – the Borzoi Club of America also received recognition.
The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.
Cindy not only takes the initiative in developing programs to promote responsible dog ownership and provide comfort to others through therapy dog programs, she helps other follow in her footsteps. Cindy and her Staffordshire Bull Terrier "Andy" have volunteered as a therapy dog team at Margaret Ann's Place, a child grief center in Wisconsin as well as several VA Centers, inspiring many therapy dog teams to start working in both locations.
This year, Cindy and Andy will be the first team to attend Camp Erin, a nationally sponsored child grief camp.Â Cindy will not only facilitate groups, but also coordinate other therapy dog teams that will attend to help the children cope with their loss. When Intermountain Therapy Dog went national with their R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dog), Cindy and Andy became the first team registered in Wisconsin and she made up folders and taught other therapy dog teams about the R.E.A.D. program to help them get started in the program. Last year, the pair also appeared on the Milwaukee morning show, Morning Blend, to promote the R.E.A.D. program at the Kenosha libraries.Â
In addition to these activities, Cindy visits a Boys and Girls Club to help the children practice reading and learn about dog safety; staffs booths to educate the public about the "bully" breeds and the issues with breed-specific legislation; serves as a Canine Ambassador; and has attended Legislation Days at Wisconsin's State Capitol to share the "deed, not breed" message with legislators. She also serves as an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and works with children through her local 4-H Dog Project.
"The scope of Cindy's volunteer work is truly amazing and we are thrilled to award her with an AKC Community Achievement Award," said Lisa Peterson, AKC's Director of Communications. "One of AKC's most passionate volunteers, Cindy takes on important issues like safety around dogs and restrictive dog legislation and helps us spread AKC's mission at a grassroots level."
Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation's public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, visit http://www.akc.org/public_education/community_achievement.cfm