AKC GR Reaches Thousands of Legislators and Staff at Annual Legislative Summit

2018-08-10 | , American Kennel Club


The AKC Government Relations booth once again proved to be among the most popular stops for lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Summit. 

For more than 20 years, AKC GR has attended this annual event, which provides the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and legislative staff from across the country and share effective, positive solutions to dog issues in their states. 

This year’s summit, held in Los Angeles, was once again a very successful event, with AKC GR interacting with many of the over 5,000 attendees and sharing our public education and legislative information.  GR staff Jennifer Clark, Melissa Ferrell and Robert Miller brought a wealth of materials to demonstrate AKC’s commitment to responsible dog ownership and sound canine policy, and the myriad of programs and resources AKC offers legislators and the public. GR team members also presented dog leashes and other items to spread AKC’s message of positive solutions and responsible dog ownership. 

The informative, fun atmosphere of the booth was a big hit with attendees, with legislators coming up to share stories about their dogs and ask questions ranging from complex legislative issues to “Is this the booth where I can show off a picture of my dog?”  Many legislators and their staff proudly showed pictures and videos of their purebred dogs, or just walked by to say “I love you guys!  Keep up the good work!”

GR staff had in-depth discussions on a variety of issues including service dogs, cruelty laws, keeping dogs in cars, tethering, breeding and pet choice.  Many of these resulted in commitments to work with the AKC on legislation for upcoming sessions. 

In addition, team members networked with other organizations concerned with animal issues, and discussed ways both AKC team members and dog owners can work together to protect dogs and responsible owners. 

“AKC Government Relations is proud to participate in the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit,” said Jennifer Clark, Director of Legislative Outreach.  “Over the past two decades, we have solidified our reputation as being the experts and best source for effective solutions and information on dogs and canine legislation.  NCSL provides a unique and very important opportunity to meet face to face with legislators and have in-person discussions on concerns they have and how AKC can be a resource to them.” 

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