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AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence
Opens 2012 Nominations to All Dogs

Heroes, like dogs, come in all shapes and sizes. Since 2000, dog lovers have nominated hundreds of special canines for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). This year’s ACE nominations are open to all dogs, including purebreds and mixed-breeds. The submission deadline is June 1, 2012.  

“All dogs do great things and make meaningful contributions to our lives, so we’re happy to open this year’s awards to nominations for all dogs,” said Lisa Peterson, AKC Spokesperson. “We’ve seen what All-American dogs can do in the competition ring through the AKC Canine Partners program and we’re proud to welcome them to ACE. We encourage anyone that owns or knows of a life-changing canine to submit a nomination as a way to pay tribute to the animals that make our lives better.”

The American Kennel Club will select five dogs that have performed an exemplary act or series of acts to receive an Award for Canine Excellence in the categories of Companion, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, and Service. The dog’s heroic acts can be large or seemingly small, but must have significantly benefited a community or individual. Honorable Mentions are awarded to outstanding entries in each category.

ACE nominees range from skilled assistance dogs and law enforcement K-9s that keep U.S. citizens safe to Search & Rescue dogs who have participated in rescue missions in Haiti and Japan . Equally important are the therapy dogs that provide much needed comfort in the wake of tragedy as well as the companions who save lives or raise money and awareness for important causes .

Each of the five honorees will receive a cash award of $1,000, an engraved sterling silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Fla., to be honored at the twelfth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December 2012.  The names of the five recipients will also be added to the ACE plaque that is on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC’s headquarters in New York City.

Dogs receiving honorable mention will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion and all entrants will receive an ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination.


Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination.  Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2012 must include:

  • A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos must be larger than 1MB in size. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.

  • A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.

  • Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.

  • Owner’s/Nominator's name(s), address and phone number. E-mail address if available.


Nominations will be accepted by mail or email until June 1, 2012 and should be sent to:

Aliza Burns: ACE Awards 2012
The AKC Humane Fund
260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10016


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