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Urgent: Ulster County, NY Considering Regulation of Hobby Breeders—Call Today!

The Ulster County Legislature is considering a proposal that would regulate hobby breeders in the county and could vote as early as today (Tuesday, August 18). County residents are urged to contact the legislature immediately and urge them to not allow this proposal to pass as it is currently written.  Type in your address on the… read more


Poor Compliance With Rabies Rules Could Result in Tougher Import Policies for Pet Owners

Few U.S. dog owners would be surprised to hear that federal law prohibits bringing a dog into the United States from countries that are not rabies-free, unless it is fully immunized against the disease. But if you live near a border and travel across borders on a regular basis, it can be easy to forget… read more

Substantial Reduction in the Number of Abandoned Dogs Entering Shelters

Dog lovers all over the US have reason to celebrate news from the NAIA, which reported recently that the number of dogs entering US shelters has dropped significantly over the past few decades to new lows. Digging deeper into the matter, NAIA also learned that only about three percent of dogs in our country’s shelters… read more

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Stamford, Connecticut, Considering Significant Changes to City Animal Care Ordinance

A committee of Stamford, Connecticut’s Board of Representatives is currently considering changes to Chapter 111 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, which currently deals with “Dogs and Other Animals”.  The changes include use of the term “guardian” to describe the relationship between dogs and their owners and requires breeders to acquire breeder permits.  The American… read more

The Carriage Horses: Remember The Biggest Animal Story Of Them All?

There is a conflict raging in New York City, it has been going on for years, it is coming to a head in a critical way soon on one of the world’s most important stages. The outcome will help determine the future of domesticated animals in our world and whether or not they will remain… read more

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Oregon State senate to Vote on Debarking Ban Monday, June 15th

The Oregon State Senate is scheduled to vote on House Bill 3494 on Monday, June 15th and your opposition is needed! The measure will ban the practice of debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. This legislation restricts the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe… read more

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Oregon State Senate to Consider Debarking Ban

The American Kennel Club Government Relations department has just learned that a bill is moving through the Oregon State Legislature that would ban the practice of debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The AKC opposes House Bill 3494, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners… read more

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AKC Introduces New Online Legislative Action Center

New York, NY – AKC is pleased to announce the launch of a new online Legislative Action Center (http://cqrcengage.com/akc/lac) (LAC). The microsite, designed by the AKC Government Relations Team, is designed to make it easier for dog lovers to learn more about key political issues that impact dogs and dog ownership.  The site is accessible… read more


New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs & Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville, Ca Honored With AKC Community Achievement Awards

New York, NY – The New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs (NJFDC) and the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville, CA (HKC) have each been honored with an American Kennel Club® (AKC®) Community Achievement Award. The awards support and recognize outstanding public education and legislation efforts from AKC-affiliated clubs, AKC-recognized federations and their members. The AKC… read more

AKC Backs Cruelty Hotline Bill

North Carolina’s Senate Bill 209 aims to establish an animal-welfare hotline and website within the state attorney general’s office as well as a court fee to support the investigation of animal-cruelty violations. The AKC supports this bill and AKC Government Relationssees the proposed law as an important step in safeguarding the health and welfare of… read more

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