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Wandsworth Council scoop KC’s GCDS awards


On Friday 23rd January, the Kennel Club’s Good Citizen Dog Scheme (GCDS) Awards were presented at a special ceremony in London. The awards recognise the efforts of organisations nationwide which have invested their time and energy into educating both dogs and their owners to the joys of responsible dog ownership.

Now in their 10th year, the annual GCDS Awards received over 60 entries from around the UK. The submissions were judged by members of the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Working Party and senior Kennel Club representatives, who were very impressed by both the quality of entries and dedication of the dog training clubs and local authorities.

The GCDS Awards were run in conjunction with the KC Dog Awards, which recognised the achievement of local lobbyists in challenging unfair dog control orders around the country.
Kennel Club Chairman, Ronnie Irving, said, “The winners have all done marvellous work in promoting responsible dog ownership in their local community and all deserve a huge vote of thanks. We thank them for their enthusiasm and dedication and offer our appreciation for helping us make a positive difference for dogs and their owners.”

The categories for the GCDS awards and winners were as follows:

Kennel Club Registered Training Club

Winner – Normanton Dog Training Club
First Runner Up – Nuneaton Dog Training Club
Second Runner Up – Solihull Dog Training Cub

Kennel Club Listed Status Clubs

Winner - K-9 Academy
First Runner Up – Roshaana K9 Club
Second Runner Up – Jo Belsten Canine Services

Kennel Club Registered Breed Club, Kennel Club Registered General Canine Club or Kennel Club Registered Ringcraft Club

Winner – City Of Birmingham Dog Show
Runner Up – Mastiff Association

Local Council Category – Most Effective Campaign

Winner – Wandsworth Council
First Runner up – East Riding Council
Second Runner Up – Southwark Council

Wandsworth Council were chosen as the overall winner of the GCDS Awards for the sheer breadth of their work to promote responsible dog ownership during 2008.

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