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Oxygen Mask Donation Helps Save Dog’s Life

New York, NY— The American Kennel Club® recently announced that Gloucester County Kennel Club (GCKC) of southern New Jersey has been named a recipient of the Community Achievement Award in recognition of its donation of 50 pet oxygen mask kits to ambulance rescue squads in the county. GCKC is one of three award recipients this quarter; the Putnam Kennel Club of New York and Donna and Bernie Thompson of Virginia also received recognition.

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 purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.

The GCKC’s oxygen mask project was the idea of Linda Porch, a director of the club, and a presentation was made at the Gloucester County Kennel Club show last October.  Fifty kits, each containing a small, medium and large mask, were presented to representatives of the county’s fire marshall department.  Just two months after the donation, the generosity of the Gloucester County Kennel Club, combined with the heroic efforts of local firefighters, helped save the life of a dog after a fire in Deptford, NJ.

“We applaud Gloucester County Kennel Club members for turning Linda Porch’s dream into a reality and generously donating their time and money to ensure the welfare of animals in their community,” said Noreen Baxter, AKC’s VP of Communications.

Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Awards are accepted year-round. Up to three honorees are named each quarter. They receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to the club or federation’s public education and canine legislation efforts. To nominate a club, visit