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AKC DECLARES SEPTEMBER 17th
AKC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY



AKC Teams with Dog Clubs to Host Events Across the Country

New York, NY - The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that the AKC Board of Directors has designated September 17th (the day AKC was founded in 1884) as "AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day." The goal of the event, being held for the first time on Wednesday, September 17, 2003, is to educate the dog-loving public about the importance of responsible dog ownership.

All AKC-affiliated dog clubs are invited to participate by holding public events in their communities the weekend following AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day (September 20th &21st). These local events may include such activities as obedience demonstrations, microchip clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations and presentations about safety around dogs for kids.

On September 17th the AKC will promote AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in New York City and to media nationwide in order to drum up public interest in the events being held that weekend around the country. AKC's effort will highlight the many AKC programs and services that can help educate first-time dog owners and help current pet owners enhance their relationships with their dogs. Dog lovers will be able to visit AKC's web site to find events going on in their area.

"Responsible Dog Ownership Day serves as a reminder to the dog-loving public that while dogs are a wonderful addition to any family, they are also a big responsibility," said Dave Frei, AKC's Director of Media Relations. "Responsible dog ownership begins the moment you decide to share your life with a dog - from choosing the right breed for your lifestyle and providing basic care to ensuring your new family member receives the necessary training and exercise all dogs need to live a happy, healthy life."

Dog clubs interested in taking part should contact Gina DiNardo Lash at 212-696-8350/ gml@akc.org or visit http://akc.org/news/club_resp_ownership.cfm