Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dear Texas Kennel Clubs and Dog Owners:

Our rights as responsible dog owners, fanciers, and breeders continue to be threatened.  This year, the AKC Government Relations Department has tracked over 1,450 bills at the local, state, and federal level that have the potential to threaten the existence of responsible breeders, our right to own the dogs of our choice, and our ability to raise or show the purebred dogs that we have nurtured and struggled to improve and preserve for over a century.  And with the passage of House Bill 1451 and its regulations, no state has felt the impact of these threats more than Texas. 

As you know, the AKC Government Relations Department works closely with its state federations to address canine legislative issues around the country.  Federations play a key role in ensuring that your rights as breeders, exhibitors, and owners are protected.  AKC federations are generally comprised of kennel club volunteers and other responsible owners and breeders who care about the well-being of all dogs, the future of purebred dogs, and the right to responsibly own and breed dogs. 

The Responsible Pet Owners Alliance (RPOA) serves as your AKC state federation, working to protect and promote the rights of dog owners, fanciers, and breeders in Texas.  RPOA has been an AKC state federation and has administered a Pet Education, Assistance and Rescue (PEAR) program statewide for over 20 years.  Based in San Antonio, RPOA has an office with a salaried PEAR Program Director, and all the expenses an office incurs.  In addition, the All Species Rescue Program provides a statewide network to keep purebred dogs, cats, and other species of pets from becoming shelter statistics. 

In addition, RPOA’s affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, the RPOA Texas Outreach, lobbies at the Texas State Legislature.  RPOA networks each legislative session with many other animal organizations in Texas.

As our rights continue to be threatened, it is essential that we work together with a united voice.  We strongly encourage you to support your state federation to help ensure a strong, unified voice for dogs and dog owners in Texas. 

Learn more about the 501(c)(4) organization, RPOA Texas Outreach, and their efforts at combating the harmful effects of HB 1451, by visiting their website at www.RPOATexasOutreach.org.

You can also obtain more information on RPOA by visiting their website at www.responsiblepetowners.org or contacting them at:

900 NE Loop 410 #311-D
San Antonio, TX 78209

rpoa@texas.net

Together we can work to preserve our right to own, breed, and exhibit our beloved dogs for years to come. 

Sincerely,

Sheila Goffe
Director, AKC Government Relations