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AKC Reunite Expands Program Partnering with AKC Clubs to Donate K-9s to Local Agencies!
May 21, 2021 by AKC Government Relations

Do your state and local elected officials know about the AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop program? If not, they should!  

Participating in the AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop Program is just one of many ways that AKC dog clubs, dog enthusiasts, and hobby breeders make a real, positive difference in their communities. 

Better yet, participating in the AKC Adopt a K-9 Cop has just gotten easier

By keeping lawmakers informed about AKC’s good works and the good things that your clubs do in the community, you help remind lawmakers that AKC and your AKC club members are THE dog experts when they need input on canine issues or when new canine policy or legislation is being considered. 

Yesterday, AKC Reunite announced enhancements to its Adopt a K-9 Cop Matching Grant Program. To date, 26 Adopt A K-9 grants have been awarded in AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IN, NC, OR, PA, SC, and WA, with more to come. Scroll down to view the press release on this important program that benefits communities across the U.S. 

This is just one of many stories and news items about AKC that your elected officials need to hear about—from you as their constituent!

Share this positive story with your lawmakers

Take a moment to proudly share news about the AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop program with your state senator, state representative, and local elected officials. Use this sharable link: https://www.akcreunite.org/k9copgrantprogram/

To learn who represents you at the state level, visit www.akcgr.org and scroll down to Find Officials. On the local government level, you can contact your city and county clerks’ offices for contact information for elected officials who represent your local district.

View and share more breaking AKC news and updates

Adopt a K-9 Cop is just one of many AKC programs that benefit dogs, dog owners, and their communities. Click here for a sharable flyer that highlights more of AKC’s ongoing initiatives. 

Stay up to date by clicking here to subscribe to AKC’s online publications. Also, visit the websites and social media pages of AKC’s affiliated organizations for additional good news and information:  AKC Reunite, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the AKC Humane Fund, and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  

View stories, blogs, and press releases from AKC and AKC affiliates at:

American Kennel Club and AKC Humane Fund:  https://www.akc.org/press-releases/
AKC Government Relations Blogs:  https://www.akcgr.org/gr-blogs
AKC Reunite:  https://www.akcreunite.org/newsroom/
AKC Canine Health Foundation (scroll down to See What’s New):  https://www.akcchf.org/
AKC Museum of the Dog: https://museumofthedog.org/news

Highlight your club’s good works

Most AKC clubs across the U.S. host events and provide ongoing public education programs to encourage responsible dog ownership. Many clubs do an excellent job of promoting their events and activities. But some clubs may not include public outreach in their event planning. That’s a missed opportunity!

Does your club offer training classes, AKC Canine Good Citizen® seminars and testing, or other public resources for dog owners? Do club members volunteer on behalf of pet food banks, pet therapy programs, humane societies, rabies/microchip/pet health clinics, or other community services? Does your local or parent club support canine health research, rescue, etc.? This is good news that should be shared. 

Use positive messaging to raise your club’s public profile. Get the word out about your club’s activities and your members’ and dogs’ accomplishments. 

For more ideas on how your AKC club can improve outreach lawmakers and the public, view 10,15, 25 Actions Your AKC Club Can Begin TOMORROW.  Additional canine legislation tools are available online at www.akcgr.org, or you can contact AKC Government Relations at doglaw@akc.org or 919-816-3720 for information.

View AKC Reunite’s press release below, and share this link with your lawmakers: https://www.akcreunite.org/k9copgrantprogram/.

Press Release


Date:  May 20, 2021
Contact:  Samantha Seymour
Phone:  (212) 696-8343
Email: Samantha.seymour@akc.org


Program set to increase funds to a three-to-one match

RALEIGH, NC — AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States, is pleased to announce new enhancements to its AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program. 

For the past several years, the program has allowed AKC Reunite to match funds from AKC Clubs, one-to-one, up to $5,000 per grant through the Canine Support and Relief fund in order to purchase K-9 police dogs to donate to police departments throughout the United States.  Starting immediately, the program will accept contributions from the public to help cover the club’s portion of the grant and AKC Reunite will now match donations at a three-to-one ratio, up to $7,500 per grant.

“This partnership with local AKC clubs is a grassroots effort working across the country,” said AKC Reunite Chair Rita Biddle. “AKC Reunite is very pleased to increase our contributions to our Adopt a K-9 Cop program as the service of these dogs and their handlers is so important in the protection of our communities.” 

“K-9 officers are such an incredible asset to law enforcement agencies in our nation,” said Christopher L. Sweetwood, Ambassador for AKC Reunite’s Adopt a K-9 Cop Matching Grant Program and Delegate for the Trap Falls Kennel Club. “Twenty-six (26) police K-9s have been donated since the program’s inception, using over $121,000 in grants, and these new improvements will allow us to make an even greater impact on police departments nationwide.” 

The AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop Matching Grant program was established to partner with AKC clubs and assist police departments in acquiring K-9 police dogs. Many law enforcement agencies do not have funds in their budget to obtain police K-9s, as they are considered a specialty unit. The donations allow the police departments to obtain a new K-9 for help with search and rescue, bomb detection, and overall public safety.

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop program and see pictures and stories of dogs already donated at https://www.akcreunite.org/k9/



AKC Reunite
The way home for lost pets.

AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet microchip identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Since 1995 AKC Reunite has helped pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, enrolling over 8 million companion animals and recovering more than 500,000 lost pets. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.

The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $9 million since 2001 for disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation's pets, like the AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer donation program. AKC Reunite also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs.  For more information visit www.akcreunite.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akcreunite).

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