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Club Donates Books to Library and Oxygen masks to Fire Department

New York, NY — The American Kennel Club® announced today that the Putnam Kennel Club (PKC) of Putnam County, New York has been named a recipient of an AKC® Community Achievement Award.  The PKC is being recognized for its dedication to public education and service to its community. The PKC is one of three award recipients this quarter; the Gloucester County Kennel Club of New Jersey 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.

In anticipation of National Pet Week in May, the Putnam Kennel Club donated sets of AKC books and videos to each of Putnam County’s public libraries.  Club members presented these resources to library representatives at the April meeting of county librarians.

“The variety of resources selected will be helpful to children as well as adults, or just anyone interested in learning more about owning, training and caring for a dog,” said PKC President Carol Kearney.  “Putnam Kennel Club is proud of its involvement with and contributions to our community and we hope to donate something each year that will help pets and their owners.”

The club followed its gift to county libraries with a donation of a set of oxygen masks to each of the county’s ten fire departments, which were presented at the county fire departments meeting in May.

“Putnam Kennel Club members have gone above and beyond in their education efforts in their county,” said Noreen Baxter, AKC’s VP of Communications.  “They have proved themselves generous and responsible members of the dog loving community and we are proud to present them with this award to recognize their hard work.”

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