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American Kennel Club Honors Oshkosh Kennel Club with a Community Achievement Award

(Tuesday, December 05, 2006)

-Club Wins $1,000 for Responsible Dog Ownership Day Efforts-

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® announced today that Oshkosh Kennel Club (OKC) of Oshkosh, Wis. has been named a recipient of the AKC® Community Achievement Awards for its dedication to promoting responsible dog ownership. Oshkosh Kennel Club received one of three awards this quarter – Lake Cumberland Kennel Club of Somerset, Ky. and the Greater Panama City Dog Fancier’s Association of Panama City, Fla. also received acknowledgement.

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.  This year, AKC dedicated the fourth quarter Community Achievement Awards to clubs who went above and beyond in their efforts to promote AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, an annual event created by the AKC to encourage all dog and pet-related organizations to publicly promote responsible dog ownership and help current dog owners enhance their relationships with their pets.

“OKC set three goals when planning this AKC RDO Day event,” wrote Chris Krebs, part of the Oshkosh RDO Day Steering Committee, who nominated the club for the Community Achievement Award.  “We aimed to attract as many local dog owners as possible, provide information to dog owners on health care, safety, training and fun activities, and promote organizations dedicated to dogs such as the OKC and AKC.”

The event, which had double the attendance of the previous year, included a Meet the Breeds Parade, microchip clinic, Kidz Korner with face painting and tattoos, speakers and interactive games for the public.  The local 4-H Junior Dog Handlers competed in a Fun Match to encourage people to get their children involved in dog events and more than 20 vendors and rescue groups were on hand to deliver information on various aspects of dog ownership.  The club arranged for local newspapers and television and radio stations to sponsor and promote the event.

“The time and effort that Oshkosh Kennel Club put into their AKC RDO Day event is evident in the turnout and media coverage they received,” said Noreen Baxter, AKC’s VP of Communications. “The American Kennel Club commends them for setting and achieving such clear goals while planning and executing their event.  We hope other clubs will be inspired and join our RDO Day efforts in 2007.”

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/
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AKC dog clubs and other pet-related organizations can find out more about AKC RDO Day 2007 at http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/.

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