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Today, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) announced the launch of a new website to assist licensees and stakeholders understand and implement recent changes to the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) Animal Care regulations.

The new website includes information about the changes to the licensing process, watering standards, and veterinary care for dogs, as well as tech notes and videos to assist users in navigating the website.

Click here for AKC Government Relations’ (AKC GR) Overview of the New Animal Care Rules.

Click here to read the updated regulations in their entirety.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact USDA APHIS at 970-494-7478 or

AKC GR’s Regulatory Resources Center also provides updates on AKC’s activities in addressing dog-related regulatory proposals from the U.S. federal government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia.  For more information, contact AKC GR at