Spring is an incredibly busy season for those involved with canine legislation. As it currently stands, thirty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are still in session, and AKC GR is currently tracking more than 2,000 bills across the United States.
Positive, fact-based messaging is a tangible reminder to legislators of the value that fanciers, breeders, groomers, and club members bring to the community. Recently, the GR Team held our annual Canines at the Capitol event in Raleigh, where legislators came out to meet dogs and their owners, and learn more about the impact AKC and its affiliates have on the state. This is just one example of the many events the AKC and clubs host throughout the country each year to educate legislators and the general public.
Speaking of educational events: you will also need to save the date! On June 23-24, AKC GR will hold our national legislative conference followed by a lobbying day and a reception on Capitol Hill. The purpose of these conferences is to empower club members, dog fanciers, and leaders with the tools and resources they need to be effective advocates in their states and local communities. AKC legislative conferences are a great opportunity for participants to come together and learn new information and network with others who are in the trenches fighting each day in their communities on behalf of their dogs, our sport, and responsible breeders.
As you reach out to lawmakers and communities, remember that AKC provides a variety of awards. These awards can help highlight responsible dog owners in your local community, recognize an outstanding legislator, or even provide a small grant to help fund an educational event in your town. To find out all the details on our various awards programs click here.
Thank you for all you do to help us as we work to protect our dogs and our sport!