The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) announced recently that Concho Kennel Club, Council Bluffs Kennel Club and Savannah Kennel Club have been named recipients of the AKC Community Achievement Award for hosting exceptional AKC Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Day events. This year’s Honorable Mentions are the Collie Club of Maine, Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club and Trap Falls Kennel Club.
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.
Concho Kennel Club (CKC) of San Angelo, Texas hosted its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event on September 17, 2011. The club held a Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) demonstration, a “Dog Listener” safety around dogs program and had many breeds on hand for the public to meet.
CKC also promoted responsible dog ownership throughout the month of September with obedience classes, a CGC graduation and the first-ever AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class held in the area. A news article about the new class was published on www.gosanangelo.com.
Additionally, the club sponsored a “Hot Car” promotion on the radio, informing the public about the dangers of leaving their dog in a hot car and presented a RDO Day youth program at the Tom Green County Juvenile Detention facility to discuss safety around dogs and potential canine careers.
Council Bluffs Kennel Club (CBKC) of Council Bluffs, Iowa hosted its AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 18, 2011. The club wanted the event to be a learning experience for dog lovers of all ages, especially the town’s youth.
A Responsible Dog Ownership proclamation signed by Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan was read by Councilman Matt Walsh, with local TV station 17 on hand for the reading. Multiple articles about the RDO Day event also appeared in The Daily Nonpareil.
The club offered a basic dog care seminar put on by a local veterinary clinic, a dog rescue seminar and demonstrations of junior handling, carting, conformation, grooming and obedience. The invited Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girls and Boys Club of Council Bluffs and 4-H clubs got their faces painted in the Kid’s Corner. Breeds were on hand for the public to meet and all attendees were invited to sign the Pet Promise, a responsible dog ownership pledge.
Savannah Kennel Club (SKC) of Savannah, Georgia hosted its first ever AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event on September 18, 2011. The Savannah area had experienced several dog attacks in the months preceding the event, so club members felt it was important for the club to step up and teach the community how these types of issues can be prevented.
The club offered “Ask the Groomer,” “Ask the Vet” and “Ask the Trainer” booths as well as police dog demonstrations and Canine Good Citizen tests. More than 40 dogs participated in a rally event with the assistance of club experts and between 75 and 100 dogs went through the agility obstacle course. SKC invited the local Humane Society for Greater Savannah to offer vaccinations and microchipping. Children from the local elementary schools were also invited to create art about being a responsible dog owner and prizes were awarded for the best pieces.
Local TV stations and newspapers also attended SKC’s RDO Day. WJCL-TV Anchors, Jennifer Andrews and Casey Jones judged the pet contest. Other media coverage included the Savannah Morning News, SavannahNow.com and local FOX affiliate WTGS.
“We thank these clubs and their members for the time and effort they put into educating their communities about responsible dog ownership,” said Lisa Peterson, AKC’s Director of Communications. “The clubs hosted truly superb events, and we are pleased to award them with the Community Achievement Award.”
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 here