American Kennel Club Updates on COVID-19 Pandemic
The American Kennel Club is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We encourage all staff, judges and exhibitors to follow the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control’s recommendations to maintain proper hand, respiratory and personal hygiene, practice social distancing and be mindful of any and all travel restrictions/guidelines. We further advise that show chairs and organizers have copious amounts of hand sanitizer and hand washing stations available to participants and exhibitors.
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We will continue to monitor the situation and any developments.
Local clubs are in the best position to determine if their event should be cancelled or delayed given the specifics of their situation. These decisions should be made in consultation with the facility provider and information from state/local governments. Other considerations include the size of the event, indoor/outdoor settings, access to handwashing stations, local transportation systems, and the availability of judges. The AKC is here to assist in any way possible.
Clubs that decide to cancel their event or delay their event should email the AKC at EventPlans@akc.org.
AKC Event Cancellation Status
For information on any AKC event cancellations, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
To read a list of frequently asked questions about AKC Events and COVID-19, please click here.
AKC Resource Hub for Dog Owners Coping With the Crisis
To find resources, ideas, advice, and fun to support dog owners and dog lovers as we all adapt to living through the novel coronavirus pandemic with our pets, please click here
AKC Office Closures and Contact Information
To read more about AKC office closures and how to contact departments during this time, please click here.
AKC Government Relations Alerts
The American Kennel Club today joined with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and other animal care leaders to urge government officials to help ensure the well-being of animals by allowing businesses that provide products and services for the care of pets to continue to operate during the COVID-19 response. Learn more.
AKC asks concerned pet owners to join us in communicating this important request.
- TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Elected Officials to Declare Pet Services ‘Essential Businesses’ During COVID-19 Related Closures
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Steps to Prevent Illness
Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Take steps to protect others
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.