The AKC Government Relations Department is proud to announce two new awards for those who make exemplary efforts in the legislative arena in support of responsible dog owners.
AKC Legislator of the Year Award:
The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department is pleased to present the inaugural James S. Holt Award for the Promotion of Responsible Dog Ownership in Legislation (“Holt award”) to Texas Representative Edmund Kuempel for his significant role in defending the rights of responsible dog breeders in Texas during the 2009 Legislative session. Read the press release.
Beginning in 2010, the American Kennel Club will seek to honor one federal, state, or local lawmaker in each state who has taken a public stand in support of responsible dog owners and breeders in the past year. Stay tuned to the AKC GR website and future issues of Taking Command for information on how to nominate a lawmaker for this award.
Award for AKC federations and owner or breeder groups:
The Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation (“Bebout Award”), awarded in conjunction with the AKC Breeder Relations Department, supports and recognizes outstanding efforts of AKC federations and other owner/breeder clubs and organizations in the legislative arena.
AKC GR is accepting applications for this quarterly award, which will honor a group for significant contributions (including leadership, financial, or other efforts) in support of responsible dog owners in the public policy arena. Honorees will receive a commemorative award, as well as a $1,000 donation to help assist with legislative efforts. Read the press release.
For more information on these awards, visit the new Government Relations “Available Awards” web page.