Last week, the AKC Government Relations Department (AKC GR) attended the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) annual meeting and trade show, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The theme of this year’s event was “Turning passion into action,” and AKC demonstrated how we turn our passion for dogs into action by hosting an exhibit booth with materials highlighting AKC as the recognized expert in promoting responsible dog ownership, training, and breeding.
Municipal leaders from across the state and representatives of companies that provide products and services to towns and cities gathered for two days of informative workshops, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities. Because municipal officials are responsible for enforcing state and municipal laws impacting dogs and their owners, AKC GR introduces itself to attendees as an expert resource for answering questions and assisting with policy proposals. AKC GR also champions the positive impact that the more than 100 AKC clubs in Massachusetts and affiliated organizations have in their communities. “Resources provided by clubs can include local dog training opportunities, hosting educational and dog events, health clinics, and community grants and research that benefits all dogs,” said Stacey Ober, AKC Government Relations Regional Manager for New England.
Questions posed during the show ranged from available community grants, such as AKC Reunite’s Adopt a K-9 Cop, to the care and conditions at local animal pounds. In addition to government leaders, many of the other exhibitors also stopped by the AKC GR booth to ask questions and talk about their beloved dogs.