New York, NY –Trap Falls Kennel Club
(TFKC), Northwest Obedience Club, Inc. (NOCI) and Black Hills Dog
Training Club (BHDTC) have each been honored with an AKC Community
Achievement Award for the fourth quarter of 2013 for hosting exceptional
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events.
The AKC Community Achievement Awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts of AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC selects award recipients who promote responsible dog ownership within their communities or who have successfully introduced, monitored and responded to legislative issues affecting dog ownership.
Trap Falls Kennel Club (Connecticut)
Trap Falls Kennel Club (TFKC) held its 10th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event "Pawz in the Park" on September 15th in Ansonia, Connecticut. The event attracted a crowd of over 2,000 people and their dogs from surrounding towns in Connecticut, and from as far away as Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York State. The club offered demonstrations and discussions of AKC programs, Canine Good Citizen® testing, a Parade of Breeds, AKC Rally® and Obedience matches, 42 Meet the Breeds booths, 25 vendor booths, a Children’s area and a kennel club information booth that assisted people in completing paperwork for the AKC Reunite program and dog registration.
The club encouraged attendees to bring items to donate to a local shelter, and by the end of the event, TFKC had enough shelter items to fill two SUVs. The club also collected donations through raffle ticket sales and donation jars. The funds were donated to "Hand for a Paw," an organization providing urban dogs and their owners with a mobile clinic, education, and a food pantry for the low income and elderly.
Publicity for the event included a feature spot on the Channel 12 News "Pet Talk" program, articles in the Shelton Herald, Connecticut Post and New Haven Register, and courtesy public service announcements on WICC AM radio. Mayor Della Volpe of Ansonia also signed a proclamation declaring September 15th to be Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Ansonia, Connecticut.
"We depend on AKC clubs to help us educate the public about responsible dog ownership, and these three groups hosted highly successful, well-attended AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days in 2013," said Lisa Peterson, AKC Director of Communications. "The important work done by the members of these clubs will go a long way to help turn dogs owners in their communities into responsible dog owners."
Nominations for the AKC Community Achievement Award are accepted year-round. Honorees receive a certificate of appreciation and a $1,000 check payable to their AKC club or AKC-recognized federation to further public education and government relations efforts. Click here to nominate an individual, club or federation.
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