SPCA of the Triad Presented with AKC Reunite Microchip Scanner

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By Sheila Goffe, Director, AKC Government Relations

Last week, North Carolina Senator Trudy Wade, DVM, took time out of her busy schedule as both Senator and practicing veterinarian to present a new universal AKC Reunite microchip scanner to the SPCA of the Triad and tour the SPCA’s facility located in Wade’s district in Greensboro, NC.

Brenda Overman, President of the SPCA of the Triad, said the scanner will make it much easier for the shelter to identify lost pets.  The SPCA provides finds homes for hundreds of animals each year. “The new scanner will make our daily operations a lot easier,” she said.  “We really appreciate the care and concern that Senator Wade and the AKC have shown for these animals.”

The scanner is one of 20 top-of-the-line universal microchip scanners that AKC Reunite is donating to shelters around the state to help lost pets in North Carolina be reunited with their owners. The donation program was established by the American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite to help shelters that otherwise might not have the resources to obtain the equipment.

In the last year, AKC Reunite has donated 17 scanners to shelters, animal welfare societies and animal control units around North Carolina. “As a North Carolina-based national non-profit, we are very pleased to help pets in our home state,” says Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO.

The American Kennel Club/AKC Reunite scanner donation program grew out of legislation (SB 626) advocated by the American Kennel Club and supported by Sen. Wade that that requires North Carolina animal shelters that have access to microchip scanners to scan impounded animals and utilize information that is available through a microchip to locate the owner. The measure also allows animal control and other law enforcement officers to rescue pets in distress in closed vehicles and placed shelter oversight under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina’s animal welfare act.

Microchips, about the size of a grain of rice, are implanted between the shoulder blades of pets as identification. Shelters scan pets for microchips as part of their intake process and can contact the pet’s owner if the number that appears on the scanner is enrolled in a pet recovery database such as AKC Reunite. Lost pets with microchips are up to 20 times more likely to be reunited with their owners.

“As a veterinarian, I know the value of ensuring that all our animals receive the responsible care they need,” said Senator Wade. “AKC’s support of this new law and AKC Reunite’s donation of scanners demonstrates how we can work together as a community to address animal issues.”

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John & Rush: On the Road to the Agility World Championships

2014 AKC/USA Agility World Team member John Nys will be competing with his Shetland Sheepdog “Rush” (NAC CH MACH 6 Bare Cove Blu Lite Special MCXG2 MJG2) at the FCI Agility World Championships in Luxembourg September 11-14.

This highly-decorated pair is headed to Europe hoping to make the podium.

In this video, learn more about their preparation for this international competition and enjoy a “dog’s eye view” of the agility course.

Leave an encouraging comment to cheer them on!

For full coverage of the Agility World Championships, visit the AKC website and or AKC on Facebook.

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AKC Donates 5,331 Pounds of “People” and “Pet” Food

By Patty Van Sicklen, Legislative Analyst

American Kennel Club employees in Raleigh, North Carolina donated nearly three tons of food for families and pet owners in need during the 2014 AKC Pets & People Food Drive.  At the August 21 weigh-in, volunteers wheeled cartloads of bags, boxes and cans from their desks to the shipping dock to be weighed and sorted. Collectively, staff members of the American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and PetPartners contributed 5,331 pounds of food and supplies.

The AKC Employee Activities Committee kicked off the food drive on August 1 by challenging interdepartmental teams and AKC affiliate organizations to donate the highest number of pounds per person. The winning team, which included the AKC Companion & Performance Events, Judging Operations, Companion Operations, Coonhounds, and Canine Good Citizen departments, donated an amazing 76.23 pounds per person.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina received over a ton of “people food”.  This organization serves a network of partner agencies including soup kitchens, food pantries, and food distribution programs for children and adults.

“Your food drive weighed 2,220 pounds, fantastic!  From this we will be able to provide 1,869 meals to people in our community,” said Linda Fisher, Special Events and Food Drive Manager.

AKC staff transported more than 3,100 pounds of pet food and supplies to the SPCA of Wake County’s Pet Food Pantry, which offers temporary assistance to pet owning families in need by providing a month’s supply of pet food.

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Courtnie Gregory, Kathy Caruana, and Lisa Strickland bring food donations to weigh-in.

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Wanda Forlines wheels pet food to the shipping room.

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Yvette Correa brings food and supplies to the scale.

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“How much more?” asks Jeff Lemmons as Audrey Moore waits for weigh-in and Scottie Smith brings boxes.

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Kathy Caruana, Scottie Smith, Kim Mitchell, Teresia Jones, Michelle Veasey and Wanda Forlines sort pet and people food. 

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A food pantry representative loads the truck.

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Event chair Kim Mitchell loads pet food for transport.

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The winning team from the Companion & Performance Events, Judging Operations, Companion Operations, Coonhounds and CGC departments donated 2,363 pounds of food and supplies.  

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Club Spotlight: Santa Maria Kennel Club


The Santa Maria Kennel Club’s recent agility trials were spotlighted in the Santa Maria Times.

Club President and Trial Chair David Swinson was interviewed and helped teach readers about the sport.

From the article:

“Your dog is your very best friend in the world and this is the greatest event. You get to run and have fun with your dog,” Swinson said.

Swinson said any dog and handler can do it. He said handlers with various disabilities are able to run the trials as are various age groups. He said he has handlers in their 70s and 80s running the trials with their dogs. As for the dogs, well, it tends to come naturally.

“If you have a dog that likes to run and jump and play with you, and is food or toy motivated you can run agility,” he said.

Read more of the great article in the Santa Maria Times or check out a photo gallery from the trial.

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AKC Pet Disaster Rolls Out First Trailer in Oklahoma

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AKC Pet Disaster Relief presented its first trailer in the state of Oklahoma last week to officials from McClain County Emergency Management/McClain County Animal Response Team.

The purchase was made possible by $22,000 in donations and grants from Town and Country Kennel Club, Sooner State Kennel Club, West Central Oklahoma Kennel Club, Canadian Valley Kennel Club and the Oklahoma-based Onofrio Dog Shows, as well as national organizations like the Bulldog Club of America, the Old English Sheepdog Club of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

“This trailer will provide animal care services during the first critical hours after a disaster, such as the terrible tornado that hit nearby Moore, OK last year,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “Safe, effective pet sheltering solutions in times of disaster are incredibly important, and AKC Reunite is helping communities across the nation prepare by mobilizing AKC Pet Disaster Relief.”

This is the ninth trailer donated since the inception of AKC Pet Disaster Relief. Eleven more trailers will be donated to communities across the US in the coming months.

Learn more about you can get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.

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Club Spotlight: Olympic Kennel Club

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Photos by Mike Szabo and Bryan Martin

It was a dog extravaganza this past weekend at the Olympic Kennel Club‘s dog shows and obedience, rally, and agility trials in Enumclaw, Washington. We hope you enjoy these shots from the events!

In the conformation competition, more than 2,100 dogs were entered daily, with over 22 rings on site. The club offered the National Owner-Handled Series and Best Veteran competition. There was a practice match as well as multiple specialties on Thursday and Friday. Judging workshops were offered, as was a Junior clinic.

In addition to obedience, rally and agility competition, there were numerous opportunities to compete in performance events. The Barn Hunt Association hosted four sanctioned Barn Hunt trials, a Barn Hunt Match and an introductory event. Cascade Coursing Club ran four Coursing Ability Tests open to all breeds as well as two Junior Coursing tests for sighthounds. Herding breeds demonstrated their herding prowess in demonstrations throughout the weekend.

The club also offered many extras for exhibitors, including health clinics, exercise paddock areas and a golf tournament.

Great job, Olympic Kennel Club! We appreciate the hard work you put into your shows.


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Teach Your Dog to Lie Down

If your dog already knows how to sit, “lie down” is a great skill for your dog to learn next. In this video, Port Chester Obedience Training Club trainer Nancy Field CPDT-KA and her Labrador Retriever, “Emma”, demonstrate how to train your dog to lie down.

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