AKC Responsible Dog Ownership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 19, 2011

Contact: AKC Communications

AKC CALLS ON ALL DOG ORGANIZATIONS TO SPREAD RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP LIFESTYLE THIS SEPTEMBER

Host an AKC RDO Day During September to Join the Celebration!

New York, NY Each year, the American Kennel Club® calls on its more than 5,000 affiliated dog clubs and all other pet-related organizations from around the country to participate in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. The nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions.

More than 550 organizations across the U.S. held AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events last year, inviting local community members to take part in Meet the Breeds, AKC CAR microchip clinics, AKC Canine Good Citizen® testing and more, said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. We encourage more organizations to join us in 2011 to help us spread this important message in a very fun way!

Events can be held anytime during the month of September. Sign up at www.akc.org/rdod and create an Event Account by August 1, 2011. The first 500 organizations who confirm the details of their event will receive a complimentary resource-filled packet including posters, brochures, giveaways like pencils and stickers, a RDOD Media Idea Kit, and many more materials to assist them in putting together an entertaining and informative event. All events will be listed on the AKC web site, searchable by state, beginning July 1.

Motel 6 is a proud nationwide sponsor of AKC RDO Days and will support community events, as well as attend AKC’s flagship event in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 24th. The Flagship and community events regularly include activities such as the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program, sponsored by The Hartford, Obedience/Agility/Rally demonstrations, AKC Companion Animal Recovery microchip ID clinics, breeder referral and rescue information, raffles, games and many more entertaining and educational events.

To learn more about AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days, sign up to hold an event or view photos and information about previous events, please visit http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/.

Also, the AKC Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days news and to join in on our Virtual AKC RDO Days, coming later this year.

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The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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