New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) has announced that the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and the Stone City Kennel Club (IL) have been honored with AKC Community Achievement Awards for the first quarter of 2013.
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 responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.
The Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs (CFDC) works to provide kennel clubs throughout the state with seminars and materials on legislative action, while also maintaining a grassroots network that includes members of animal and sporting groups who support positive legislation and defeat bills that would limit the rights of responsible dog owners.
The CFDC hosted a booth with the theme “Working with the Dog Community to Protect Our Rights, Health and Heritage” at the 2012 four-day Rocky Mountain Cluster of dog shows. Representatives of the American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the National Animal Interest Alliance and Take the Lead discussed how each organization helps protect dogs and dog owners, while attendees learned how to better educate, assist and promote responsible dog ownership.
In March 2013, a Colorado House Resolution was introduced to “recognize that the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and its members provide Colorado dog owners and fanciers the expertise and resources to help them best care for, train, and enjoy their dogs and provide their dogs with the fullest, longest, and most meaningful life.” Click here to view the full resolution.
The Stone City Kennel Club (SCKC) of New Lenox, IL organized and hosted the 2012 “PETS: Pet Emergency Training Survival” program to educate animal owners about saving their pets during emergency situations. Local and national agencies, pet-related businesses, veterinarians and service groups provided materials and gave presentations on preparing family and pet disaster plans. Local Girl Scout troops stuffed donated pet survival bags and 4-H participants assisted with set-up and information tables.
Information was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, Farmers Insurance, the American Veterinary Medical Association, Purina Dog Food and local animal shelters. The New Lenox Community Emergency Response Team conducted an instructive slide program throughout the day. In addition, members of SCKC prepared and distributed a “Community Pet Preparedness” booklet and plan to add the PETS program to their list of annual training programs, seminars and community events.
“We are pleased to recognize the Stone City Kennel Club and the Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs for their innovative programs reaching out to members of the pet-owning public,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC Director of Government Relations. “Their programs and presentations demonstrate the many aspects of responsible dog ownership.”
Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Award are accepted year-round. Honorees receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to their AKC club or AKC-recognized federation to further public education and government relations efforts. Click here to nominate an individual, club or federation.