Organizing a State Federation of Dog Clubs
Today, dog owners and breeders are being challenged as never before by the introduction of legislation that could change our way of life. The AKC Government Relations (GR) Department is committed to fighting unreasonable canine legislation wherever it occurs, but our assistance cannot take the place of your involvement in dog issues at the local and state level. The GR Department works with its state federations of dog clubs and provides back up to fight bad dog laws and support positive measures that teach the public about responsible dog ownership and care. As constituents, state federations and their members have a powerful voice in addressing legislation that will directly impact them. They are the ground soldiers in the state-level battles on topics such as unfair breeder regulations, limit laws, breed-specific legislation and mandatory spay-neuter laws. When united, the voice of responsible dog owners can be a powerful political tool.
If your state doesn’t have an AKC federation, please consider organizing one. It’s easy to do. Here are some resources to learn more.
- Guidelines for Becoming a State Federation of Dog Clubs
- AKC Federation Statement of Principles
- Suggestions for Organizing a State Federation of Dog Clubs
- American Kennel Club Position Statements
Sample Constitutions and By-laws
- Mississippi Canine Coalition
- Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs, Inc.
- Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners
AKC Dog Clubs and Other Allied Groups
The AKC encourages dog owners and breeders to work together on legislative issues. To facilitate these efforts, many clubs and individuals who are interested in protecting and promoting the world of purebred dogs form state and local federations, coalitions, or alliances. The following are current contacts listed by state.
Grover Jameson, 479-965-2078, Ark.STEPP@ymail.com
California Federation of Dog Clubs
Judythe Coffman, President, 661-256-6743, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Owners of the Golden State
Chuck Bridges, President; 1-866-972-8373; email@example.com
Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs
Joan Gibson Reid, 916-689-1661, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Animal Council
Sharon Coleman, 650-692-0126, TheAnimalCouncil@aol.com
Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners, Inc.
Mabel M. Diamond, 860-251-5931, email@example.com
Idaho Dog Coalition
Wyoma Clouss, 208-345-5197, firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners
Perry N. Moore, (207) 288-3943, email@example.com
Responsible Dog Owners of Maryland, Inc.
Mary Lou Olszewski, President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bekki Pina, Corresponding Secretary – email@example.com
Maryland Dog Federation
Adrianne Lefkowitz, 301-693-2256, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs
Bob Darden, email@example.com, 734-476-1791
Kim Cochran, 810-984-1977, firstname.lastname@example.org
Protect MI Dogs
Karen Palmer, Secretary, email@example.com
Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York
Ann Lettis, 917-603-5358, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Associated Dog Clubs of New York State, Inc.
Jeannette O’Hanlon, Johanlon@msn.com
Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs
Deborah Brown, 802-734-6818, firstname.lastname@example.org