AKC Government Relations created the Bebout Award to support and recognize outstanding work by certain AKC federations and dog breeder/owner groups that advocate and participate in canine legislative issues in their states and communities. Winners of the Bebout Award receive a $1,000 donation to the organization to help offset the costs associated with their legislative efforts.
Named for Walter Bebout, the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the Bebout Award recognizes AKC clubs, AKC-affiliated federations, and owner/breeder organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment to educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and who work to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders.
Recipients have demonstrated a significant contribution (leadership, financial, or time and effort) in advocating on behalf of responsible dog ownership and the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders in the public policy arena. Nominations for the Bebout Award, including self-nominations, may be submitted by AKC federations, AKC clubs, breeder/owner groups, or by the AKC Government Relations and Breeder Relations Departments. An individual member of a qualifying organization may be nominated. If an individual is selected for the award, his or her organization will receive the donation.
For more information about the Bebout Award, contact AKC Government Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. For nomination form, click here.