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AKC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY CELEBRATED THIS SEPTEMBER WITH PUBLIC EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
-- Listing of Over 200 Events Goes Live on AKC Web Site --

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club has declared Friday, September 17, “AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day,” and announced hundreds of events to be held nationwide throughout the month of September. The goal of the initiative – being held for the second year – is to educate first-time dog owners about the responsibilities of dog ownership and help current owners enhance their relationships with their pets.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day helps bring attention to the fact that dog ownership, while immensely rewarding, should not be entered into lightly. I t’s crucial to understand the commitment involved and learn as much as you can about dogs and your specific breed before bringing home a new four-footed family member,“ says AKC spokeswoman Gail Miller.

A ll AKC-affiliated dog clubs as well as many other dog and pet-related organizations have been invited to participate by holding public events in their communities. Activities will include AKC Canine Good Citizen tests, obedience/agility demonstrations, microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids, fundraisers and many, many, more entertaining and educational events.

To date, over 200 clubs and organizations have signed on. Listings of all events can be found and searched by state at http://www.akc.org/dic/clubs/rdo/rdo_event_search.cfm. The site will be updated weekly to reflect new additions.

On Saturday, September 18, 2004, the AKC will hold a flagship event in New York City’s Madison Square Park, where local dog clubs are being invited to host information tables and conduct demonstrations. The AKC's Raleigh, NC office will also hold its own AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day celebration on that day in Millbrook Exchange Park.

“I f you are considering bringing a dog into your life, these events are an ideal way to meet canine experts and learn about the resources in your area. AKC dogs clubs can assist dog owners with everything from training to locating a reputable breeder, and we encourage everyone to attend – whether a dedicated dog lover or new pet owner,” adds Miller.

Organizations interested in hosting an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event should contact the AKC at communications@akc.org or visit http://www.akc.org/dic/clubs/rdo/index.cfm.