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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred registry and leading advocate for dogs received the ‘Leashes of Leadership Award’ from the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans (ASDPMV) on July 20, 2022 at the National Service Dogs for Veterans Conference held in San Antonio, TX.

“We are thrilled to see our Association members honor Shelia Goffe and American Kennel Club with the Leashes of Leadership award for outstanding business partner. This award is given in recognition for the many years of partnership with the Association in serving our veterans. Their partnership has made an important difference in savings lives,” said Jeremiah Blocker, Executive Director of the Association.

The ASDPMV is a coalition of non-profit service dog providers for military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma working together to prevent suicide and improve military veterans’ mental health  The organization’s goal is to ensure that qualified organizations pair veterans with the most beneficial service dogs; increase awareness and understanding of the medical evidence that supports the use of service dogs; and advocate for the expanded use of service dogs.

“AKC has been pleased to work with the association since its inception in raising awareness of the benefits that properly trained service dogs can bring to military veterans suffering both visible and invisible disabilities.  We are proud to work together in development of the Service Dog Pass and look forward to working together for many years in the future,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President, Government Relations.”

For more information on the Service Dog Pass, please click here.