YTCA Legislation Committee Guide Book

AKC Government Relations

AKC GR Toolbox

The AKC Government Relations Toolbox contains resources available to help you be effective advocates for responsible dog ownership and breeding. https://www.akc.org/clubs-delegates/government-relations/toolbox/

AKC Flyers

Sample of informational flyers:

AKC Articles

Sample of informational articles:

Legislative Tracking by AKC

AKC tracks bills and updates this site daily. A map is available to select your state or scroll down the list.

AKC Legislative Tracking Map

AKC Position Statements

AKC position statements on canine policy issues are available on the AKC website.

Contact Information for AKC Dog Law

For more information on how the Government Relations Department can help you, email doglaw@akc.org, or call 919- 816-3720. Click here for a downloadable flyer of services the department offers.

Sign up here with your email address for Legislative Alerts: https://www.akc.org/legislative-alerts/

AKC Task Force on Anti-Breeder Harassment and Retaliation

AKC works to protect the rights of dog owners and has formed a Task Force to leverage against animal rights activists who target dog breeders with harassment, slander or retaliation for involvement in our legal and political representation. www.akcgr.org/harassment

Read how to avoid being a target:

Examples of harassment/retaliation experiences may include:

  • Suspicious phone inquiries or visits,
  • Suspicious timing of anonymous complaints,
  • Threatening communications or social media bullying,
  • Suspicious inspections resulting in seizure of dogs with significant legal repercussions,
  • And other tactics that may be intended as intimidation or retaliation.

Report if you have been a target of harassment by emailing reportharassment@akc.org or call 919-816-3720.

National Animal Interest Alliance

NAIA Website

https://www.naiaonline.org/

NAIA Mission

The mission of NAIA is to promote animal welfare, to strengthen the human-animal bond, and safeguard the rights of responsible animal owners. One of our most important tasks is educating the public about the critical difference between animal rights and animal welfare.

NAIA Resources

NAIA provides brochures and handouts for downloading, copying, and distribution to all who are concerned about animal welfare, reasonable animal control laws, and the impact of animal rights radicalism on animals and animal interests. https://www.naiaonline.org/resources/

Handouts and Brochures can be found here: https://www.naiaonline.org/resources/naia-brochures-and-handouts/

Samples:

Articles can be found here:
https://www.naiaonline.org/naia-library/articles/

National Animal Interest Alliance Trust

The NAIA Trust supports:

  • Responsible dog ownership
  • The breeding and showing of purebred dogs
  • Participation in dog sports and other recreational activities that depend on canine working partners
  • The use of dogs in law enforcement and search and rescue missions and as companions and helpers under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Voluntary spay/neuter and identification of pets and reasonable efforts to rescue unwanted dogs for placement in new homes.

NAIA Trust Website

https://www.naiatrust.org

Animal Welfare Act (AWA)

Read the Federal Animal Welfare Act regarding dogs here: Animal Welfare Act

Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA)

The AHPA authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or further movement in the United States, or order the destruction or removal, of animals (including livestock) and related conveyances and facilities for reasons of livestock pest or disease control, or humane treatment. Read the AHPA act here: AHPA

United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS)

The Service was established to conduct regulatory and control programs to protect and improve animal and plant health for the benefit of man and the environment. In cooperation with State governments, the agency administers Federal laws and regulations pertaining to animal and plant health and quarantine, humane treatment of animals, and the control and eradication of pests and diseases.

APHIS works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals (including various wildlife), animal products, and veterinary biologics. This subject area describes many of the diseases facing animals today, as well the steps APHIS is taking to prevent, control, and eliminate those conditions.

Import/Export

When travelling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact your local veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process. Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/pet-travel-home-page

Contact information for USDA APHIS

Questions can be answered by contacting USDA APHIS at 970-494-7478 or AnimalCare@usda.gov.

Congress and the Law

A member of either the House of Representatives or Senate sponsors a bill. Both have committees that specialize in various topics such as agriculture, education and labor, ethics, and much more, and these committees review the bills first. After committees analyze and hear arguments on a bill, they revise it and send it to a vote in their chamber of Congress. If the bill passes the vote, the process then repeats in the other chamber. If both the House and the Senate vote in favor of the bill with 51% support, it is sent to the President of the United States to be signed into law or vetoed. If the bill is vetoed, it can either go back to Congress for another vote and be passed into law with a two-thirds favorable vote or the process repeats after revisions.

Find Your Senators and Representatives

Senators

  • The Senate is divided into three classes for purposes of elections. Senators are elected to six-year terms, and every two years the members of one class--approximately one-third of the senators--face election or reelection. Each state will have two Senators.
  • For a list of Senators by state or class or by last name, go to their Contact Page.

Representatives

  • Representatives, also referred to as congressmen or congresswomen, are elected to two year terms. They introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees.
  • Go to the website http://www.house.gov/ and in the banner you will immediately see an easy way to find out who your representative is. Just enter your zip code.
  • To view the complete list of Representatives by state and district or by last name, go to their Directory.

State Legislature Websites

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hamp
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Within each state website you can search for county and municipal services.
For example:

New Jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/
https://nj.gov/nj/gov/county/
https://nj.gov/nj/gov/county/municipalities.html

Here is where you can monitor on the town level any proposals that may affect pet ownership or breeding rights. Since many towns ‘parrot’ other town ordinances, it is imperative to influence your administrators early on.

Dog Federations

State dog federations and their active members have a powerful voice in affecting proposed legislation that will directly impact their residents. It is important to be united and vocal on many topics that address dog ownership such as unfair breeder regulations, limit laws, breed-specific legislation and mandatory spay-neuter laws. When fighting bad dog laws remember AKC Government Relations will partner with you when you make a request before it is too late to fight.

AKC List of Dog Federations

https://www.akc.org/clubs-delegates/government-relations/federations/

AKC Federation Statement of Principles

https://images.akc.org/pdf/canine_legislation/federation_statement_principles.pdf

Regional clubs can join their state federation and send their delegates to meetings.

Neighborhood Networking

You can join a neighborhood social networking group online using https://Nextdoor.com to be kept aware of upcoming agenda items. Learn how to join your neighborhood group or start one here How-to-join-Nextdoor. They have an application (app) that you can add to your smart phone. To view on Facebook, search for https://www.facebook.com/Nextdoor/.

Many private neighborhood forums have been created on Facebook. Search for your own local neighborhood community group by typing your town in the search box and ask to join.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Besides dealing with public awareness of dog ownership rights, it is most helpful to be a recognizable face in the public eye. One way for clubs to meet the public is to organize an “AKC Meet the Breed ®”. This can be done alone or in conjunction with an “AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day”, also known as RDOD, event held nationally in the month of September. This can be a qualifier for clubs to hold their specialties.

https://www.akc.org/sports/responsible-dog-ownership-days/

Personal Responsibility

Each and every one of us can take responsibility for our “dog friends”, club members, and neighbors. Share phone numbers to provide assistance when needed. Check in with the elderly or health compromised. Are they able to manage their pets while they convalesce? Are they able to take care of their pet’s needs? Do they need a temporary foster home? Do they need temporary financial assistance? It doesn’t take long to have a situation turn into a crisis.

Be aware of the current laws in your municipality for noise and dog limits, and which organization, e.g. Police or Animal Control Officers, is authorized to investigate complaints. Know your rights. Especially know whether officers may or may not enter your property without a warrant. What may be construed as abuse by an outside observer may just be as harmless as a yet to be attended kennel room.

Appendix 1: Map of USA Regions

Map of USA Regions

Appendix 2: Dog Federations and Yorkshire Terrier Clubs by Region

  National Animal Interest AllianceYorkshire Terrier Club of America, Inc.
STATERegional ClubContact EmailClub Secretary
Central Illinois Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners  
Central Indiana Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance  
Central Iowa    
Central Kansas Kansas Federation of Dog Clubs Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater Kansas City
Central Kentucky    
Central Missouri Missouri Federation of Animal Owners  
Central Nebraska    
Central Ohio Ohio Valley Dog Owners Ohio Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club of Kentucky
East Delaware Delaware Dog Owners Association  
East Maryland Maryland Dog Federation Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation's Capital
East Maryland Responsible Dog Owners of Maryland, Inc. Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation's Capital
East New Jersey New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs Watchung Mountains Yorkshire Terrier Club
East Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club, Inc.
East Virginia Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs & Breeders Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation's Capital
East West Virginia    
North Michigan Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs Yorkshire Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan
North Michigan Protect MI Dogs Yorkshire Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan
North Minnesota    
North North Dakota    
North South Dakota    
North Wisconsin Dog Federation of Wisconsin  
Northeast Connecticut Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs &Responsible Dog Owners, Inc.  
Northeast Maine Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners  
Northeast Massachusetts Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners  
Northeast New Hampshire Dog Owners of the Granite State  
Northeast New York Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater New York
Northeast New York Associated Dog Clubs of New York State, Inc. Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater New York
Northeast Rhode Island    
Northeast Vermont Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs  
Northwest Alaska    
Northwest Idaho Idaho Dog Coalition  
Northwest Montana    
Northwest Oregon    
Northwest Washington   Mount Rainier Yorkshire Terrier Club
South Alabama Alabama Canine Coalition  
South Arkansas    
South Louisiana    
South Mississippi Mississippi Canine Coalition  
South Oklahoma Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance Yorkshire Terrier Club of Oklahoma City
South Tennessee    
South Texas Responsible Pet Owners Alliance Bluebonnet Yorkshire Terrier Club
Southeast Florida Florida Association of Kennel Clubs Central Florida Yorkshire Terrier Club
Southeast Florida   Goldcoast Yorkshire Terrier Club of South Florida
Southeast Georgia Georgia Canine Coalition  
Southeast North Carolina North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Carolinas
Southeast South Carolina    
Southwest Arizona    
Southwest Hawaii Pacific Pet Alliance Yorkshire Terrier Club of Hawaii
Southwest New Mexico    
West California California Federation of Dog Clubs Yorkshire Terrier Club of Los Angeles
West California Dog Owners of the Golden State Yorkshire Terrier Club of Northern California
West California Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs  
West California The Animal Council  
West Colorado Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners Rocky Mountain Yorkshire Terrier Club
West Nevada    
West Utah    
West Wyoming    
    National Animal Interest Alliance Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, Inc.

Appendix 3: Contact Information for Dog Federations by State

Alabama
Alabama Canine Coalition
Baba Monk, President, 334-567-0673, Info@alabamacaninecoalition.org

Arkansas
Grover Jameson, 479-965-2078, Ark.STEPP@ymail.com

California
California Federation of Dog Clubs
Judythe Coffman, President, 661-256-6743, judy@cfodconline.org
Dog Owners of the Golden State

Chuck Bridges, President; 1-866-972-8373; info@ca-dogs.org Sacramento Council of Dog Clubs
Joan Gibson Reid, 916-689-1661, jgrcorgis@comcast.net
The Animal Council
Sharon Coleman, 650-692-0126, TheAnimalCouncil@aol.com

Colorado
Colorado Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners
Linda Hart, 303-842-1033, Kharahs@comcast.net

Connecticut
Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners, Inc.
Mabel M. Diamond, 860-251-5931, mmdiamond@charter.net

Delaware
Delaware Dog Owners Association
David Lawson, 302-632-3848, info@delawaredogs.org

Florida
Florida Association of Kennel Clubs
Susan Smith, mikakkid2@aol.com

Georgia
Georgia Canine Coalition
Gail LaBerge, 770-271-7246, OUTLAND@laberge.org

Hawaii
Pacific Pet Alliance
pacificpetalliance@gmail.com
Lynn Muramaru, President, 808-542-9581
Charlee Abrams, Secretary, 808-742-9537

Idaho
Idaho Dog Coalition
Wyoma Clouss, 208-345-5197,
info@idahodogcoalition.org

Illinois
Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners
Steve Hayden, President, hybrk1@comcast.net
Michele Kasten, Vice President, schipnut58@yahoo.com

Indiana
Indiana Purebred Dog Alliance
Carole Creech, 317-340-1926
Gwen Chaney, 317-509-3559, INPurebredDogs@yahoo.com

Kansas
Kansas Federation of Dog Clubs
Patricia Deshler, wichitapudel@aol.com
Lori Neer, agilitydog@twinvalley.net

Maine
Federation of Maine Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners
Perry N. Moore, (207) 288-3943, perrynm@hotmail.com

Maryland
Responsible Dog Owners of Maryland, Inc.
Mary Lou Olszewski, President –olbay101@aol.com
Bekki Pina, Corresponding Secretary –kaije1127@yahoo.com
Maryland Dog Federation
Adrianne Lefkowitz, 301-693-2256, marylanddogfederation@yahoo.com

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners
info@massfeddogs.org

Michigan
Michigan Association for Pure-Bred Dogs
Bob Darden, bobkdarden@hotmail.com , 734-476-1791
Kim Cochran, 810-984-1977,mythicalaussies@comcast.net
Protect MI Dogs
Karen Palmer, Secretary, info@protectmidogs.org

Mississippi
Mississippi Canine Coalition
Leah Harris, lmharris562003@yahoo.com
Linda Chance, Legislative Chair, lhasasbychance@yahoo.com

Missouri
Missouri Federation of Animal Owners
Karen Strange, 573-480-2389, kjeeper@gmail.com

New Hampshire
Dog Owners of the Granite State
Elin Phinizy, dogs.nh@gmail.com

New Jersey
New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs
Linda Deutsch, Legislative Chairperson, 908-996-4009, taadeutsch@yahoo.com
Jeffrey Ball, President, 201-689-1323, jeffbetsyball@yahoo.com

New York
Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York
Ann Lettis, 917-603-5358, annlettis2001@gmail.com,ann.lettis@friedfrank.com
Associated Dog Clubs of New York State, Inc.
Jeannette O’Hanlon, Johanlon@msn.com

North Carolina
North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs
Steve Wallis, 919-782-2558, wallissm@bellsouth.net

Ohio
Ohio Valley Dog Owners
Norma Woolf, 513-932-3176, ovdogo@canismajor.com

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Animal Interest Alliance
Denise Travis, 405-818-5666, Dogdoc88@flash.net

Oregon
National Animal Interest Alliance
Patti Strand, 503-761-1139, NAIA@naiaonline.org

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs
Darin Cox, President, President@PAFederationofDogClubs.org
Bettina Sterling, Secretary, Secretary@PAFederationofDogClubs.org

Texas
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
Mary Beth Duerler, 210-822-6763, rpoa@texas.net

Vermont
Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs
President, Mary McFaun, mmcfaun@aol.com
Vice President, Pam Parshall, pwparshall@myfairpoint.net
Secretary, Bette (Cookie) Mac, cookievt@gmail.com
Treasurer, Jennifer Adsit, lightfarm@gmavt.net

Virginia
Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs & Breeders
Mariane Herndon, marianer@verizon.net
Sharyn Hutchens, sharyn@timbreblue.com
Alice Harrington, aharrington4832@verizon.net

Wisconsin
Dog Federation of Wisconsin
doglaw@dfow.net

Appendix 4: Contact Information for Regional Clubs by State

STATERegional ClubContact EmailClub Secretary
America Yorkshire Terrier Club of America, Inc. Email: secretary@ytca.org Matina Johnson, Secretary
California Yorkshire Terrier Club of Los Angeles Email: stickerqueen@cox.net Debra Beilstein, Secretary
California Yorkshire Terrier Club of Northern California Email: danielsnotjack@comcast.net Suzanne Daniels, Secretary
Colorado Rocky Mountain Yorkshire Terrier Club Email: Mross@fres.org Michele Ross, Secretary
Florida Central Florida Yorkshire Terrier Club Email: cpd95ret@aol.com Marilyn Flores, Secretary
Florida Goldcoast Yorkshire Terrier Club of South Florida Email: scooniksma@aol.com Stephanie Crossley, Secretary
Hawaii Yorkshire Terrier Club of Hawaii Email: Hula_dancer@msn.com Teresa Bell, Secretary
Kansas Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater Kansas City Email: martysyorkies@aol.com Martha Burton, Secretary
Michigan Yorkshire Terrier Club of Southeastern Michigan Email:pgee20@comcast.net Carolyn Barber, Secretary
New Jersey Watchung MountainsYorkshire Terrier Club Email: secretary@wmytc.org Lizeth Medina, Secretary
New York Yorkshire Terrier Club of Greater New York Email: info@ytcgny.org Pam Langstein, Secretary
North Carolina Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Carolinas Email: tangoroz78@gmail.com Rozalynn May, Secretary
Ohio Ohio Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club of Kentucky Email: jddrake6@icloud.com Dawn Drake, Secretary
Oklahoma Yorkshire Terrier Club of Oklahoma City Email: yorkrazy@worldnet.att.net Janice Bingaman, Secretary
Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club, Inc. Email: kfeerrar1@comcast.net Neil Feerrar, Secretary
Texas Bluebonnet Yorkshire Terrier Club Email: shanonspark@gmail.com Shannon Park, Secretary
Virginia Yorkshire Terrier Club of the Nation's Capital Email: copelandby@yahoo.com Yvette Copeland, Secretary
Washington Mount Rainier Yorkshire Terrier Club Email: firacres@comcast.net Sharon McCadam, Secretary