Nominate a Canine Hero

dogThe Humane Fund is seeking entries from across the country for the 10th Annual Awards for Canine Excellence. Whether you know a dog who is a champion leg warmer at the foot of his owner’s bed at night or a hero who comforts others or one who saves lives, an ACE nomination is a perfect way to pay tribute to the canines who devote their lives to making ours better.

One award is given in the following five categories: law enforcement, search and rescue, therapy, service, and exemplary companion dog.  Honorable Mentions are awarded to outstanding entries in each category.

Each of the five honorees receives a cash award of $1,000, an engraved sterling silver collar medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Long Beach, Calif., to be honored at the ninth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December 2009. The engraved names of the five recipients will also be added to the ACE plaque that is on permanent display in the AKC’s Library in New York City.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination.  Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2009 must include:
• A non-returnable, original photograph of the dog. Hi-resolution electronic photos provided on a disc are permissible but not scans. (electronic requirements: 300dpi and at least 5×7 inches or, 72dpi at least 20×30 inches)
• A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
• Dog’s call name, registered name if applicable, breed, age and sex.
• Owner/Nominator name(s), address, phone number. E-mail address if available.

Nominations will be accepted until June 30, 2009 and should be sent to:

Ronald N. Rella: ACE Awards 2009
c/o The American Kennel Club Humane Fund
260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10016

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