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The Canine Legislation Department is pleased to announce that the Whidbey
Island Kennel Club and Walla Walla Kennel Club (both in Washington state)
are the most recent AKC Community Achievement Award recipients. The
award recognizes outstanding public education and legislation efforts
of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations, and their members.
Each honoree receives a certificate and a $1,000 check payable to the
club or federation to support public education and canine legislation
Whidbey Island Kennel Club was recognized for its outstanding work
on the legislative front and for promoting responsible dog ownership
in its community. Through its education, outreach and lobbying efforts,
Whidbey Island Kennel Club has worked to prevent unfavorable ordinances
governing dog ownership, breeding, and licensing from passing in their
county. Several members of the Whidbey Island Kennel Club serve on the
Snohomish County Council Animal Advisory Board and were instrumental
in having September 17th declared as Responsible Dog Ownership Day in
their county. In recognition of Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Whidbey
Island Kennel Club members held a free microchip clinic where more than
300 animals received microchips.
Whidbey Island Kennel Club members also work diligently to educate
their community about responsible dog ownership. Club members worked
with the Animal Advisory Board to create information packets on general
dog care, training, health, breeding, spaying, neutering, and dog shows.
They distribute the packets to people licensing dogs at the Snohomish
County Licensing Department, to people adopting dogs from shelters,
to veterinarian offices, and to school libraries in the county.
Walla Walla Kennel Club was recognized for its work to educate citizens
about the importance of responsible dog ownership. Kennel club members
hold an annual seminar in their community on dog training. Other breed
club members in the area and the general public are invited to participate.
To generate interest, members distribute seminar registration forms
to local feed stores and vet offices.
The Walla Walla Kennel Club developed a program with the City of Walla
Walla to install 21 “Mutt Mitt” bag dispensers in local
parks in the city in an effort to keep dog waste out of public walkways.
The dispensers are maintained and filled by kennel club members. Club
members also host an education booth during the local fair each year
where they distribute AKC materials on responsible dog ownership and
Congratulations to the newest Community Achievement Award recipients!
Interested in nominating a club, federation, or individual for the
Community Achievement Award? Fill out a nomination
form or contact Ron Rella (212-696-8303 or firstname.lastname@example.org).