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Taking Command
June 2014
Elections: Ideas for Identifying and Supporting Dog-Friendly Candidates
2014-0624-gr-pin.jpgYour vote and voice are more important than ever, especially in light of increasing legislative and regulatory measures that affect dog owners and breeders. Here are four steps every dog owner should take in this critical 2014 election cycle.
AKC Hosts “Canines at the Capitol” in Raleigh

State employees, staff, and legislators watched from office windows and gathered on the grassy capitol lawn to cheer as AKC agility dogs dashed through colorful tunnels and raced over jumps at the 2014 Canines at the Capitol day in Raleigh, North Carolina. Twelve well-mannered dogs gave kisses, cuddles and high fives to state officials and members of the public while AKC staff answered questions and distributed information on responsible dog care, AKC events, and fun activities with dogs. View photos and read more about Canines at the Capitol on the “AKC Dog Lovers” blog.

Plott puppy “Toby” meets the capitol press at AKC’s “Canines at the Capitol” in Raleigh, NC. Photo by Susan Judge © AKC
Host Your Own State Advocacy Event
Members of AKC clubs and AKC-affiliated federations who wish to host an advocacy event at their state capitol may be eligible for a Canine Legislative Support Fund Educational Grant of up to $500. These grants are designed to assist clubs and federations in educating dog owners, the public, and elected officials about responsible dog ownership, canine policy, and protecting the future of responsible dog owners and breeders. Grants may also be used for qualifying public outreach events that highlight AKC policy positions as they relate to pending state and local issues. Please contact doglaw@akc.org or 919-816-3720 for information on eligibility, organization, and materials.
More from the AKC Dog Lover’s Blog

AKC Dog Lovers, the official blog of the AKC, is a great source of news, stories, and information from the American Kennel Club. Some recent blog posts from the AKC Government Relations team are featured below.

Animals Deserve to Be Protected by Animal Experts
The North Carolina General Assembly is currently considering a proposal to transfer oversight of the state’s Animal Welfare Act (AWA) from the state’s Department of Agriculture to the Department of Public Safety. North Carolina is not the first state to consider this, and it’s not a good idea. It is potentially dangerous to the well-being of animals, expensive to the state, and has failed when tried elsewhere. Read more.

This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on June 12, 2014.

Be Careful with Dogs in Hot Cars
As summer approaches, many dog lovers will be hitting the roads with their dogs. Travelling with your dogs – whether to a dog event, a vacation, or even just a trip to the park – is a great way to bond, but as the temperatures rise it’s important to make sure your dogs are never kept in a vehicle when the temperature is too high.  Read more.

This article appeared in the AKC Dog Lovers blog on June 6, 2014.

Legislative Information and Updates
More than a thousand dog-related laws are introduced each year at the federal, state, and local levels — measures that may have significant impact on dog owners. Click on the links below to view highlights of issues being tracked by AKC Government Relations.

Federal — issues that may affect all dog owners in the US
State — issues specific to your state
Local — issues at the city and county levels

Please contact us at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org for more information or to let us know what’s happening in your local community.
2014 Legislative Successes
The AKC Government Relations Department is pleased to partner with state federations, dog clubs and concerned owners to protect the rights of dog owners. The tireless response of responsible breeders, owners and fanciers across the country truly makes a difference! Visit the 2014 Legislative Successes page to view examples of recent results of their good work.
Meet the AKC GR Team — Melissa Ferrell
This month we highlight Melissa Ferrell. Since coming to the AKC, Melissa has introduced and implemented new data analysis software and was also instrumental in the coordination of an interactive web site designed for AKC’s grassroots members to easily communicate with their legislators.

Click here to learn more about Melissa and other members of the AKC GR team.
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