AKC Government Relations Mourns the Loss of Dr. Al Stinson

2018-08-23 | , American Kennel Club

The AKC GR team was saddened to learn about the loss of Dr. Al Stinson, a long-time breeder, leader, and advocate for purebred dogs. 

Dr. Stinson, a recipient of both the AKC Community Achievement Award and the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation, served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs for over 30 years.  MAPBD is an official AKC federation which he helped found and has now been active for over 50 years. 

Dr. Stinson was a member of many AKC clubs and co-founded the Michigan Hunting Dog Federation.  He also served, among many other boards, on the Michigan Veterinary Association Legislative Advisory Committee and the Michigan Department of Agriculture Companion Animal Advisory Committee. 

He was well-respected in the Michigan Legislature, often testifying and being frequently consulted by legislators and staff on bills under consideration.  He was also a tremendous resource and asset to AKC Government Relations, providing his expertise on dogs, Michigan law and legislation.  Thanks to his leadership, numerous bills that would have restricted the rights of responsible dog owners were defeated. 

Dr. Stinson was deeply devoted to the preservation of purebred dogs, and the advancement of canine health.  He bred and exhibited Labrador Retrievers and donated many of his dogs to the Leader Dog School for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan, for both service dogs and breeding stock.  In addition, he co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of the Michigan State University Purebred Dog Endowment Fund, which is now funded with more than $1.5 million for canine health research.

“The board and members of the Michigan Association for Pure Bred Dogs (MAPBD) were honored and privileged to work with Dr. Stinson since he was a founding member of the organization in 1963,” said MAPBD Vice President Kim Cochran. “Al was the face of MAPBD for decades.  He walked the halls of the Michigan legislature, where he knew legislators by name, working on behalf of Michigan dog owners.  At the same time, if there were two dogs and a dog show judge gathered somewhere, Al was there with his MAPBD information booth.  He was a strong advocate for Michigan dog owners and will be greatly missed.”

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