The AKC Government Relations (GR) team was in Dallas for AKC’s popular Meet the Breeds event this past weekend, June 25 and June 26. The GR team took this opportunity to educate lawmakers, purebred dog owners and the public about responsible dog ownership and how we can work together to preserve and protect these wonderful breeds.
This event gives the public the opportunity to interact with many of the 197 dog breeds AKC recognizes and to talk one-on-one with dog breeders and exhibitors who are experts in their breed. Many dog lovers come to meet and learn about a variety of breeds of dogs; others benefit from help in determining the right dog for their lifestyle.
Twenty-two Texas lawmakers signed on as Honorary Chairs for this event, and some came with family and friends to meet the dogs, interact with constituents, and publicly display their support for responsible pet ownership. Prior to the event, many provided photos of their own dogs, which AKC shared on social media to publicly thank them for their support.
Lawmakers who attended also received information about responsible canine legislation, AKC dog shows and dog breeders, and the positive impact that AKC kennel clubs and dog enthusiasts make to their communities. The lawmakers enjoyed the opportunity to interact directly with dog breeders and owners in a fun, family-friendly environment, and the crowds of dog lovers attending the event demonstrated to them that there is high interest in purebred dogs and AKC activities.
Check out the full list of Honorary Chairs here. If any of your legislators served as an Honorary Chair, please take a moment to thank them for their involvement in the event and let them know that you also support responsible pet ownership in your community.