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AKC community achievement award winners

Central Beagle Club named AKC community achievement award winner

New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced today that the Central Beagle Club from Allegheny County, PA has been honored with an AKC Community Achievement Award in recognition of its research efforts aimed at reducing the tick population in Pennsylvania.

The AKC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs, instituted the Community Achievement Awards in 1993 to support and encourage the efforts of its clubs and federations to bring the message of responsible dog ownership to the general public. Each honoree receives a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to their club or federation to further their organization’s public education or canine legislation efforts.

Ticks affect the welfare of dogs and the health of their owners in areas around the country and especially in Pennsylvania. The Central Beagle Club is working in hopes of someday significantly reducing the tick population.

“This nomination is based on the past years’ program to investigate the growing problem of ticks in and about the countryside where members and their dogs spend a tremendous amount of time,” said AKC Delegate David Bagaley in his nomination of the club.

The members of the club have provided assistance to local scientists who are studying the relationship between ticks and the increased number of reported cases of Lyme disease in Pennsylvania. The members hope that the findings of this research will provide valuable information to help keep both dogs and their owners free of ticks and Lyme disease.


SPRINGFIELD KENNEL CLUB NAMED AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced today that the Springfield Kennel Club of Springfield, MA has been honored with an AKC Community Achievement Award for its commitment to a canine search and rescue initiative, the Springfield K-9 police unit and educational efforts within its community.

The AKC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs, instituted the Community Achievement Awards in 1993 to support and encourage the efforts of its clubs and federations to bring the message of responsible dog ownership to the general public. Each honoree receives a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to their club or federation to further their organization’s public education or canine legislation efforts.

Moved by the efforts of rescue dogs in New York City after the tragedy of September 11, the Springfield Kennel Club donated to DOGNY, the AKC initiative which raises and provides resources for professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations throughout the US, by purchasing “Galaxy Dog,” one of the unique DOGNY sculptures displayed in New York City.

“Galaxy is always displayed surrounded by pictures provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the K-9 rescue teams at Ground Zero and the Pentagon on September 11,” said Club President Sue Cohen. “These pictures serve to remind the public what DOGNY is all about.”

The Springfield Kennel Club formed a partnership with the city of Springfield by sponsoring one of the city’s police K-9 units in exchange for one of the K-9 team’s participation in Springfield Kennel Club events. The club provided the city with a $3,800 gift, the cost of a German Shepherd and year of veterinary care.

The club partnered with Officer Timothy Morrow and his dog Hammer to present the AKC’s safety program, Safety Around Dogs, Your Safety Begins With You, to more than 300 kids in the city camp program. During the program Cohen demonstrated how people should approach strange dogs and how to read a dog’s body language. The police K-9 unit demonstrated how dogs sniff for drugs and track humans and crime evidence.

“The Springfield Kennel club challenges other clubs to partner or get involved with K-9 teams in their areas,” said Cohen. “The club and Officer Morrow continue to explore ways to reach the public and increase awareness of the role of search-and-rescue dogs, as well as dogs in other service roles.”


ALLIANCE OF RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA NAMED AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC) announced today that the Alliance of Responsible Pet Owners of Northeast Florida has been honored with an AKC Community Achievement Award for its dedication to the welfare of dogs and their owners in northeast Florida.

The AKC, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs, instituted the Community Achievement Awards in 1993 to support and encourage the efforts of its clubs and federations to bring the message of responsible dog ownership to the general public. Each honoree receives a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to their club or federation to further their organization’s public education or canine legislation efforts.

The Alliance of Responsible Pet Owners of Northeast Florida provides information and assistance to its community and the AKC concerning animal welfare and related public health issues. The alliance provides a forum where citizens can join forces to learn about and confront animal issues.

The alliance is comprised of concerned citizens, veterinarians, dog behaviorists, trainers, and others in the dog community committed to promoting responsible dog ownership and animal welfare through education and assistance. Through a quarterly newsletter and visits to elementary schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, alliance members make lasting contributions to the quality of life for animals and their owners. They inform people about adoption programs, spaying, and neutering. They monitor dog-related legislation and animal-related problems in the area. They build their network of people interested in animal welfare and responsible dog ownership by conducting local workshops, seminars, and special events.

Alliance members regularly follow legislative issues that will affect their community and send out area-wide notification within their community. Their diligence in getting information to the AKC’s Canine Legislation department helps the AKC track and monitor legislation, such as the latest proposed animal control ordinance in the city of Jacksonville.