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AKC Presents Bebout Award
|Bebout Award Presented to Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners|
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners has been presented the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation.
Named for the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the “Bebout Award” recognizes federations and dog owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Organizations honored with the Bebout Award receive a $1,000 donation to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.
The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners (MassFed) is the AKC’s state federation for Massachusetts. Its membership includes 39 all-breed, specialty, training and performance dog clubs, as well as individual members. Among its many activities and accomplishments, MassFed:
“MassFed doesn’t only help clubs in their own state, they also have assisted in neighboring Rhode Island, which does not have a federation and has been plagued with extremely bad canine legislation,” said Sheila Goffe, Director of AKC Government Relations.
“The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners, led by President Nancy Fisk and recent past President Virginia Rowland, has long been a model for other states in its level of activity and organization,” Goffe said. “We are pleased to recognize their outstanding efforts and thank them for their service.”