NH Dogs Federation Wins American Kennel Club’s Bebout Legislative Award

NH Dogs Federation

New York, NY– The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to name the Dog Owners of the Granite State (NH DOGS) as the fourth quarter 2020 winner of the Walter Bebout Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation. The award recognizes federations and owner/breeder organizations that have demonstrated leadership in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. Clubs or federations recognized with the Bebout Award receive a donation to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.

As the AKC-recognized federation of dog clubs and responsible pet owners in New Hampshire, NH DOGS has worked to protect the interests of New Hampshire pet owners since 1991. Together with AKC’s Government Relations Department, NH DOGS supports legislation promoting the human-canine bond. During the 2020 legislative session, multiple animal bills were filed for consideration by the New Hampshire House Committee on Environment and Agriculture. Consistent with AKC and NH DOGS testimony and recommendations, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted for common sense animal welfare measures in 2020. These joint advocacy efforts further ensured the humane treatment of dogs in the Granite State. Some well-intentioned but problematic measures were also successfully defeated in 2020, ensuring dog owners retained the power to make decisions regarding appropriate veterinary care in conjunction with their dog’s veterinarian and not subject to arbitrary government regulation.

On receiving the award, NH DOGS’ President, Angela Ferrari, stated, “I want to thank the NH DOGS members who stepped up to the plate this year as we faced over 20 bills impacting pet ownership. Their hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated. Last, but not least, we are so grateful to the legislators who listened to us and recognized the concerns that were raised.”

The American Kennel Club congratulates AKC’s New Hampshire federation, NH DOGS, and its member breeders and owners for their ongoing successful legislative advocacy.

For more information about AKC’s Government Relations and NH DOGS’ advocacy work, please visit: www.akcgr.org and www.nhdogs.org.



  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org. AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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