We're looking for a few good dogs! The AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) have returned in 2013 to celebrate the life-changing and important ways that dogs impact our lives.
If you know a dog that has performed some exemplary act, whether large or seemingly small, that has has significantly benefited a community or individual, please nominate them for an ACE. Since 2000, many talented canines have received the award, including:
Law Enforcement K9 Kirby
, a German Shepherd Dog whose nose has led Detective Christine Kelliher and the Bensalem Township (Pennsylvania) Police Department to over $70,000,000 in drugs and drug-tainted cash.
Sage, a Search-and-Rescue Border Collie
who served at the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11, searched for Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, helped in search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and more.
Exemplary Companion Dog Annie, a Doberman Pinscher
who became a service dog for her owner Donna, who was born without arms, and assisted her with everyday activities. The duo also earned numerous Obedience and Agility titles, including the Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) and the Master Agility Championship (MACH).
Labrador Retriever Bingo, who serves as a Service Dog
for owner Konrad who has cerebral palsy. Konrad also experienced a far more inclusive and welcoming attitude in his school and community when he was paired with Bingo.
Miki, a Pomeranian Therapy Dog,
who helped the Baker family deal with the loss of their son Kenny, who took his own life after struggling with depression and anxiety disorder. The Bakers created the organization A.I.R., which stands for Attitudes in Reverse
. As part of A.I.R., the family makes presentations about mental health and suicide prevention. After each presentation, people pet and hug Miki as they open up about their personal journeys with similar issues.
If you know of a dog like one of these ACE recipients, please let us know. Download a nomination form
and mail or email it by June 1, 2013 to:
Taleen Terjanian: ACE Awards 2013
The AKC Humane Fund
260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10016
We look forward to meeting the wonderful dogs in your lives.
Dennis B. Sprung
President and CEO